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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Overall rating: 4 stars

I am on a mission to read all the books that are banned or challenged in the US. I want to point out that upon some investigating of these banned/challenged books, most of them have a subject matter that happened in the US or is currently happening in the US. 672 more words

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I am not a huge Twitter person. I got into it halfheartedly until the hashtag #YesAllWomen came out and I realized what a social force Twitter could be. 123 more words

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Sherman Alexie's "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven"

I love short story collections. Whenever possible, I try to read a story (or a collection) by any given author before I take on one of their novels. 266 more words

Writing Invitation and Recommended Reading: Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

First of all, the recommendation: Alexie’s coming of age novel is the hilarious and touching story of high school freshman Arnold “Junior” Spirit who realizes that his life on his Indian reservation is a dead end and so decides to attend the nearby “white” high school.   769 more words

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Reflections on Diversity in Children's and Young Adult Literature

          Some realizations have struck me as I’ve spent a solid month reading and studying children’s literature that features diversity. One is the significant shift in maturity and sensitivity that occurs when authors offer readers stories about combining cultures, races, religions, or abilities. 922 more words

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Part 3: Writing and Lit Podcasts, or the Terrifying Specter of People Talking About the "Writing Life"

(I love podcasts. I listen around 2 or 3 hours a day between my commute, time at the gym, and household chores. This is part 3 of 4.) 450 more words


Mons on books (3): reading out a chapter and giving your opinion

Charo’s was a bit too short, but this is just another example of an oral activity around a book. Enjoy!