Books: Semi-Fiction, Understood

It has been a long quest, forced to aisle after aisle, the confusion of misplaced titles and books stacked clumsily. You are searching for a name, a fictional realm. You want to explore pages of adventures and unfamiliar worlds, the nonsense rhymes and illogical logic....
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Books: The Importance of Reading

It’s a world of easy distractions: the flicker of the television, the simulated adventures of games, the summer hours that seem endless. Children are offered a myriad of possibilities; each seemingly better than the last and each certain to provide laughter. Technology and nature battle...
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Books: Defining Literary Technique

It’s a confusion of style – a book is chosen for its satire, understood to offer clever words and social commentary (designed to shame the majority into action, reveal the problems of the world). It’s meant to be a simple comedy. And yet the story...
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Choosing Carefully: Books and Parents

It’s a startling discovery, made accidentally as you clean through the endless stacks of clothes, toys and unidentifiable projects (that decision to purchase a chemistry set now seems to be a foolish one. Alchemy stains all carpets and leaves the walls peeling gray). Your child...
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The Origins of Drama: Books

It’s an easy mistake to make: drama is thought to be the melancholy works and sentimental words, the chapters filled to suffering. All books must be drenched in metaphors, with all emphasis placed on tragedy. It cannot offer laughter. It cannot provide kind moments. It...
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How Exactly does the Pulitzer Prize Work?

The Pulitzer Prize was begun by and is named after Hungarian-born Joseph Pulitzer. The Pulitzer Prize is awarded annually to distinguished works in the area of journalism and the arts: letters (books) and music. Only twenty one different prizes are awarded to works in these...
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Student-Created Books: A Learning-Immersion Opportunity

In quality writing programs, students engage in a wide variety of reading and writing practices to strengthen their own writing skills: from idea-generation to story starters, grammar and vocabulary-building to reading diverse and imaginative books which help present different ways of coming at a story....
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Books: The U.S. Right to Challenge

What do Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird & The Color Purple all have in common? They are three of the books that remain on the U.S. “most challenged books” list, as put out annually by the American Library Association. What does it...
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The Enchantment of Manga on U.S. Teens

Are you the parent of a teenager? Do you know one? If so, very likely, you know they are off reading manga; their eyes nearly as big as the eyes of the characters rendered in the books. Manga are print cartoons or comics written in...
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Bibliomania: The Unhealthy Cousin of Book Collecting

To a certain degree, it seems part of the human condition to accumulate. We “stock up” on toilet paper and batteries, add CDs to our home music libraries, or download new songs to our IPod playlists. Even our yards are full of swaths of nursery-purchased...
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