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THE Answer

Months ago, as I was preparing to leave for the ISTE conference, I read an article in The New York Times about staffing cuts in public libraries.  The article also discussed budget cuts in the school libraries around the U.S. Due to budget cuts, some school systems in Oregon and Illinois chose to cut library programs as an answer to saving money. The answer (I thought) was ridiculous. The article angered me so much that I had to write.  This poem titled, THE Answer was created.

Thinking about the poem, The Hangman by Maurice Ogden, I tried to create a piece that would highlight the absurdity that closed libraries don't affect student performance.  Keep in mind, it's a work in progress.  One of the first people I showed this to compared it to a Dr. Seuss story.  Not exactly what I was going for... Your comments and suggestions will be appreciated.

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THE Answer by T.K. Love Into our school, the governor came to …

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Teenreads.com

Some people wonder what resources I use to locate books that may interest me. One source is teenreads.com. It's a great website that offers reviews, contests and dialogue about YA Lit. The website also has a section about books that have been made into movies, a question of the month, and a poll. You can even choose to have a monthly newsletter sent to your email address. Check it out!!

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USA Today- book round up

Book roundup: Young-adult novels http://usat.me/47317000

An author talks about her book - Divergent by Veronica Roth

One of my #books to #readin2011

My Current Obsession

OK.  I will admit it.  I'm currently obsessed with dystopian and postapocalyptic literature (YA Lit. primarily).  It all started two years ago when I readLife as We Knew Itby Susan Beth Pfeffer.  The idea of an asteroid hitting the moon and causing various natural disasters to ripple across the world was fascinating.  I found myself trying to figure out what I would do if I was in such a situation.  Would I be as whiny as Miranda?  Would I be as resourceful as Miranda?  Would I be as heroic as Miranda? To top it off, gas prices were on the upswing around that time (just as they are now) and I started thinking...what if?  What if there was a shortage of water?   What if there was a shortage of food? What if I needed to work with my neighbors to make it through the ordeal?  Needless to say, I started keeping some bottles of water handy and got to know at least one of my neighbors.
After reading the book, I baited my students with some of the same questions; I introduced the book duri…

Flygirl Soars

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There are two well-known criteria for a good piece of historical fiction (HF).   1.  The HF should teach you something about the time period. 2. The HF should accurately present the time period through dialogue, setting and accurate facts.

I'd like to add a third.  HF should be so good you forget you’re learning something and just be entertained. The third requirement, I fear, would be a statement that would be met with some resistance (especially if you love historical fiction).  For that reason, I will stick with the two.
For these two reasons, Flygirl by sherri l. smith is a great novel.  This is the story of Ida Mae Jones, a teenager growing up in Louisiana during the early forties.  She and her family live a meager life as they deal with the loss of her father, a former pilot. Ida Mae's chances of becoming pilot are lessened by the fact she is woman; however, the door is completely closed when she realizes that only Caucasian women are allowed join the Women Air Force Service…

Pop Packs Quite a Wallop

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Pop by Gordan Korman took me by surprise.  Typically, I don't go for his books.  I know. I know. He's a popular author; he's written popular books.  For some reason, I wasn't his biggest fan. Until now.  Whether your a football fan, a fan of realistic fiction or you just love books with teenagers who have issues, this book is for you.

The book opens with Marcus, the new kid who hopes his dreams of joining his new school football team as the quaterback will be realized...just as soon as he works on his passing.  It's only after he meets a kooky, old man during one of his solo practices that he realizes he also needs to work on his ability to pass under pressure, as well as his ability to pass without fear of being hit.  This fear of the "pop" is lessened with each impromptu practice with the old man who seems to have the strength of a stallion.

It's only after he goes to football try outs, that he realizes his dreams of being a quarterback on a previo…

More 2 Come

I had an idea that I would post something before my next review.  Just so you would know I am serious about sharing information about books (sometimes technology).  My next review will be for a book titled, Flygirl, by Sherri L. Smith.  Let me just say, it was a wonderful read and I can't wait to share my thoughts with you.

I also want to share my thoughts with you regarding websites such as www.goodreads.com and www.shelfari.com, as well as the benefits of phone apps for books, such as the Kindle, the Nook, Amazon and Google.

Continue to check me out:)

Matched Imperfectly

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Matched (2010) by Ally Condie


I read this book after reading reviews that compared Matched to The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins.

Premise-
In order to prevent strife and turmoil, Cassia's society determines the daily meals of the citizens, as well as their careers and the whether a person will be able to marry and have children.  Those who are selected to be married must particpate in a Matching ceremony where they are introduced via teleprompter to the person they will marry.  It is at her matching ceremony, that Cassia is introduced to her match, her best friend, Xander, who lives on the same street.  It becomes more complicated when Cassia learns her Match may have been a mistake and her true match may be Ky, another neighbor boy.

My Musings
From the beginning, I saw the similar ties: the opening scene describing a routine society event, the society based on rules created to promote unity and safety, and a female character with a best friend who is a boy; however, the similarit…