Monthly Archives: October 2013

Monday Book Review: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

I first heard of the book Ender’s Game when I was teaching high school, and the teacher in the classroom next to mine was using it as part of her curriculum in sophomore English. I figured it must be a very … Continue reading

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Writing Wednesday: What’s the difference between literally and figuratively?

Last weekend, a couple friends asked how I had spent the previous night. I told them I had been with some other friends at a bonfire/cookout/corn maze–well, you get the idea. However, I didn’t stay for the scheduled hayride because … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz

Fairy tale re-makes abound these days. Here’s one that captured the attention of almost my entire sixth grade class this past summer. Although they all loved it, the first warning they gave me was, “It’s bloody!” So I figured it’s … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: On the Day I Died by Candace Fleming

Looking for a great young adult story filled with chills? Check out this delightful Chicago-based novel from one of my favorite local authors, Candace Fleming. Title: On the Day I Died Author: Candace Fleming Genre: scary story (but not too … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Hidden Talents by David Lubar

I’ve used the young adult novel Hidden Talents as a read-aloud book to middle school students for about five years now. I’ve read it to sixth graders and eighth graders. In total,  over 500 kids have heard me read this … Continue reading

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