The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller

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The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller, sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School in Keller, Texas. Ms. Keller’s thesis can be summarized in two sentences: To make children into lifelong readers, surround them with books and let them read whatever they want […]
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Saturday Review of Books: September 28, 2013

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“Books are delightful society. If you go into a room and find it full of books—even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome.” ~William Ewart Gladstone Welcome to the Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon. Here’s how it usually works. Find a book review on your […]
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Imperfect Spiral by Debbie Levy

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The marketing blurb on the back of this YA novel says “for fans of Jodi Piccoult”, but since I’ve been underwhelmed by the Jodi Piccoult novels I’ve tried, that’s not much of a recommendation. I would say that Imperfect Spiral is much better than a lot of YA novels and transcends the “problem novel” genre. […]
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Saturday Review of Books: August 10, 2013

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“We are what we love to read, and when we admit to loving a book, we admit that the book represents some aspect of ourselves truly, whether it is that we are suckers for romance or pining for adventure or secretly fascinated by crime. ” ~Nina Sankovitch, Tolstoy and the Purple Chair What do your […]
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Saturday Review of Books: July 27, 2013

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“It is remarkable, the character of the pleasure we derive from the best books. They impress us with the conviction, that one nature wrote and the same reads… There is some awe mixed with the joy of our surprise, when this poet, who lived in some past world, two or three hundred years ago, says […]
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Saturday Review of Books: July 27, 2013

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“It is remarkable, the character of the pleasure we derive from the best books. They impress us with the conviction, that one nature wrote and the same reads… There is some awe mixed with the joy of our surprise, when this poet, who lived in some past world, two or three hundred years ago, says […]
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Saturday Review of Books: July 20, 2013

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“He won’t read a book that contains love-making or death-beds.’Does anybody marry?’ ‘Does anybody die?’ are his first questions about a book, so naturally his reading is much restricted.” ~Anna Buchan Are there any subjects that you just won’t read about at all? Any disqualifying question that you ask about a book before you start […]
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