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DAY 8: 11/22/63

Posted on December 20, 2012 in News

I promised at least a few “just for fun” titles and this is one of them. I am not a horror fan and I have not read a Stephen King book in twenty years, but as the accolades poured in for this book, I just had to find out…

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11/22/63: A Novel

Dallas, 11/22/63: Three shots ring out.

President John F. Kennedy is dead.

Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in a Maine town. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s…

DAY 7: The Power of Habit

Posted on December 19, 2012 in News

My sister recommended this to me as it had a big influence on her and while I am only half finished, I can see why she was so drawn to it. Duhigg looks at habits in a new light and explores them with…

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover…

DAY 6: Carly’s Voice

Posted on December 18, 2012 in Collaboration, News

If you have followed Carley’s story at all (on Ellen, Larry King Live and The Doctors), you were probably as excited as I was to finally get her book. I am somewhat obsessed with autobiographies and when it is an autobiography that sheds so much light on…

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Carly’s Voice

At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child. Although she made some progress after years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable. Then, at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough…

DAY 5: Rocket Writes a Story

Posted on December 17, 2012 in Literacy, News

Reading is my favorite leisure activity, but writing may be my second favorite so I was smitten by the new Rocket book by Tad Hills. As a teacher who loves to talk about writing and the teaching of writing, I cannot…

Rocket Writes a Story

This irresistible sequel to the New York Times bestselling How Rocket Learned to Read is “a perfect choice to inspire new readers and writers,” according to a starred review from Kirkus Reviews.

Rocket loves books and he wants to make his own, but he can’t…

DAY 4: Wonder

Posted on December 16, 2012 in News

What a year for young adult lit! Have you read Wonder? It isn’t often we see a book on inclusion, exclusion, disability, and community written for young people and it certainly isn’t often that that book ends up on every single “best of” list for that particular year. Whether you love Wonder or feel it misses the boat on certain lessons of dis/ability and difference, it will..

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I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that, up until now, has prevented him from…

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