Why Reluctant Readers?

We've all heard the laments from parents and teachers as they try to get their students to read more books, and improve their reading...

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The Grand Experiment

"Wake up, mommy," e said. "It's a summer day!" He said it with such joy, and added: "It's beautiful, mommy." It's Tuesday, July 28, 2009, and...

Quotes

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ #Banned

The Fault in Our Stars is arguably one of the most popular books right now. It's been read (and enjoyed by readers of all...

What do writers say about winter?

It's the season with the shortest days. The temperatures are typically lower, and there may be snow on the ground. For readers, it's the...

What About Angry Birds?

When I asked my son what I should write about, he said, "What about Angry Birds?" It's a fair question, and one you've no doubt...

Are you afraid of the Headless Horseman? ‘Sleepy Hollow’

I know... I know... You probably haven't heard or read about "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in years, right? I first heard the story...

If you had to memorize a book, which would it be?

In Fahrenheit 451, Montag famously joins a community of outsiders who have each committed one book to memory. The author of that famously banned...

Homework Help

2017 Word of the Year

Complicit is the "word of the year," just announced by Dictionary.com. You're probably not surprised. In fact, you probably guessed it would be some word...

Gilded-Age Mystery and ‘The English Wife’

The English Wife, by Lauren Willig, brings the "Gilded Age" to life once again. We're tossed into the era of Edith Wharton, with her...
Catcher in the Rye

What Did Holden Say? Looking For Lines from ‘The Catcher in the Rye’…

The profusion of lines and paragraphs still stick in the brain. Who said it, and what did it mean? When we're talking about the infamous...

Banned Books

5 Reasons: Why Say NO to Book Club – Why NOT

Book clubs can be awesome... or they can also be a complete (and utter) nightmare. Yes, it depends on who is part of the...