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A Contest

With A Prize Only of Personal Satisfaction Since we are nearing the end of the year, and prizes are being discussed and awarded all over the grand landscape of books for younger readers, I thought we ought to have a little contest here. We all know some of the great first sentences of adult fiction [...]

A Contest

With A Prize Only of Personal Satisfaction Since we are nearing the end of the year, and prizes are being discussed and awarded all over the grand landscape of books for younger readers, I thought we ought to have a little contest here. We all know some of the great first sentences of adult fiction [...]

Active and Passive

Reading Styles I hope all of you are following the comments that have come in on the various history/fiction posts — from authors, from Betty, from Monica, from Becky. In particular, the most recent Betty/Monica exchange leads me to a crucial issue. So far my focus has been on fact and imagination, on what is [...]

Active and Passive

Reading Styles I hope all of you are following the comments that have come in on the various history/fiction posts — from authors, from Betty, from Monica, from Becky. In particular, the most recent Betty/Monica exchange leads me to a crucial issue. So far my focus has been on fact and imagination, on what is [...]

The Past Is a Foreign Country (FH3)

Taking Off From All of Your Comments Thanks to everyone for weighing in. I can’t respond to each post, but, taken together I see a strand we all need to explore. Betty points out that Historical Fiction has a tendency to reflect the time of the author more than the supposed era in which it is [...]

The Past Is a Foreign Country (FH3)

Taking Off From All of Your Comments Thanks to everyone for weighing in. I can’t respond to each post, but, taken together I see a strand we all need to explore. Betty points out that Historical Fiction has a tendency to reflect the time of the author more than the supposed era in which it is [...]

Faux Fun

Message Found In a Bottle The idea that a book pretends to be an artifact is hardly new. Poe’s story ends with this note, "Note.-The ‘MS. Found in a Bottle’, was originally published in 1831; and it was not until many years afterwards that I became acquainted with the maps of Mercator, in which the [...]

Faux Fun

Message Found In a Bottle The idea that a book pretends to be an artifact is hardly new. Poe’s story ends with this note, "Note.-The ‘MS. Found in a Bottle’, was originally published in 1831; and it was not until many years afterwards that I became acquainted with the maps of Mercator, in which the [...]

Two Links You Have to See

On the issue of content in the classrooms: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/11/28/13nagb.h27.html?tmp=578942521 On the issue that I knew nothing about and is horrifying beyond belief: Did you all know about these national high school dropout rates? High School! http://www.civicenterprises.net/pdfs/thesilentepidemic3-06.pdf more on fiction and nonfiction by tomorrow

Two Links You Have to See

On the issue of content in the classrooms: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/11/28/13nagb.h27.html?tmp=578942521 On the issue that I knew nothing about and is horrifying beyond belief: Did you all know about these national high school dropout rates? High School! http://www.civicenterprises.net/pdfs/thesilentepidemic3-06.pdf more on fiction and nonfiction by tomorrow