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Review: DEVIL AND THE BLUEBIRD by Jennifer Mason-Black

Bluesman Robert Johnson wasn’t the only musician to go down to the crossroads and make a deal with the devil. In Jennifer Mason-Black’s Devil and the Bluebird, 17-year-old Blue Riley takes her guitar and meets up with the red-haired woman … Continue reading

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Review: FUTURE SHOCK by Elizabeth Briggs

Elena Martinez remembers everything, but that doesn’t help her much. Her mother is dead, and her father is in prison. She lives in a variety of foster homes. Her tattoos might be a hint that she is tough and fearless. … Continue reading

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Review: HILLBILLY ELEGY: A MEMOIR OF A FAMILY AND CULTURE IN CRISIS by J. D. Vance

J. C. Vance made it out. Raised in the hillbilly culture of Appalachia and a transplanted hillbilly culture in Ohio, Vance had the help of generous grandparents who force fed him education, and he eventually ended up at Ohio State … Continue reading

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Review: IT’S COMPLICATED: THE SOCIAL LIVES OF NETWORKED TEENS by Danah Boyd

The ways teens use social media spawn a lot of myths. Here are a few: • Using social media makes teens vulnerable to bullies and sexual predators. • Many teens are addicted to technology. • The “digital native” generation has … Continue reading

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Four More Books for High School Libraries and Classrooms!

Here are four books that will be great additions to high school libraries and classrooms. Each can work as independent reading or as texts shared by a larger number of students. If you’re making a list of summer reading suggestions, … Continue reading

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Review: LIT UP by David Denby

The premise of David Denby’s Lit Up is that although high school students are reluctant to read works of literature, a talented teacher can help young people find relevance and purpose in challenging texts. With that in mind, Denby attended … Continue reading

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Review: BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert

Don’t you just love how certain books come into your life? I have a friend who is a writer. A few weeks ago she sent me a message asking if I’d read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. I responded with a … Continue reading

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Review: GLEN CAMPBELL–I’LL BE ME

Although I’m about a year late to this bandwagon, maybe that can be overlooked if it brings more eyes to I’ll Be Me, the extraordinary documentary about Glen Campbell’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. I’ve been a Glen Campbell fan for … Continue reading

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Review: GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee

Defense attorney Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, one of my literary heroes, now finds himself in need of a defense. He is accused of being a racist based on the portrayal of Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s newly … Continue reading

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Eight Quick Book Reviews

If Only by A. J. Pine Although romance isn’t exactly my default reading genre, a guy needs to stretch, right? If they’re all as good as A. J. Pine’s If Only, I might dabble in this again. Everything I want … Continue reading

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