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The other day, I was readingĀ The Fault in Our StarsĀ and I noticed a very interesting note from the author. The author said that there was no need to dig deep into the story because it was made up and there were no facts hidden there. 171 more words

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Welcome to the jungle

For those of you arriving here via LS 583 @ Clarion.edu, my reading journal comprises the next 42 posts on the Reading between the lines page. 58 more words

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Big little brother

Doctorow, C. (2008). Little Brother. New York: Tor Teen.

Genre: Dystopian / realistic / near-future cyberpunk

Intended audience: Mid-teens and up; anti-authoritarians and rebels

Personal reaction to the book: This is thought-provoking if a little didactic (OK, a lot didactic at times). 99 more words

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Heavy-handed message

Zusak, M. (2002). I am the messenger. New York: Alfred E. Knopf.

Genre: Realistic / fable

Intended audience: Older teens

Personal reaction to the book: … 188 more words

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Not enough lipstick for this pig

Zindel, P. (1972). The pigman. New York: Harper & Row.

Genre: Mainstream fiction

Intended audience: Teens

Personal reaction to the book: Really badly written book. It is told from the point of view of two teens, a boy and a girl, but the author is unable to endow either with a unique voice (for example, when describing their evening together in Mr. 146 more words

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Sad ending to Funny Story

Vizzini, N. (2006). It’s kind of a funny story. New York: Miramax.

Genre: Realistic

Intended audience: Mid-teens and older

Personal reaction to the book: This has strong overtones of… 138 more words

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Mostly harmless

Turner, M.W. (2005). The thief. New York: Greenwillow. (First published 1996.)

Genre: Fantasy

Intended audience: Tweens / young teens

Personal reaction to the book: The thief got the Douglas Adams review: Mostly harmless. 122 more words

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