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Book Review: THE LIST by Siobhan Vivian

The premise of The List by Siobhan Vivian is promising, the execution less so. Each year the week before Homecoming at Mount Washington High School a list of the prettiest and ugliest girls is circulated, forever altering the lives of … Continue reading

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John King Fumbles Away Impartiality

On May 24 presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stirred the pot when speaking about improving education in American public schools. His most controversial statement was that smaller class size has no impact on improvement in schools. He cited one … Continue reading

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Skip Bayless: Sports Bully

It galls me to no end when sports columnists or pompous television analysts use derogatory nicknames to degrade athletes. I noticed this at least fifteen years ago with New York Post columnist Peter Vecsey. He’d toss around sarcastic and demeaning … Continue reading

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YA Isn’t Just For Kids

Recently Joel Stein, who writes for Time Magazine, wrote a scathing article chastising adults who read YA books, saying such books were for kids. “The only thing more embarrassing than catching a guy on the plane looking at pornography on … Continue reading

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What Would Dara Do?: Part 7

This is the seventh in a series discussing how characters in The Shamra Chronicles would deal with current hot-button issues and pressures that confront today’s teens. Would Dara have an abortion? In Shamra society marriage, bearing and raising children was … Continue reading

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Review of ARTICLE 5, by Kristen Simmons

Having written a YA series I have now begun to read a number of books in the genre. I will occasionally review YA books that come to my attention. Article 5 a first novel by Kristen Simmons starts off with … Continue reading

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A Review of BLOOD WOUNDS by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Having written a YA series I have now begun to read a number of books in the genre. I will occasionally review YA books that come to my attention. In Blood Wounds, by prolific author Susan Beth Pfeffer (Harcourt), Willa … Continue reading

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Santorum: Foot in Mouth

In a February 9th interview with CNN’s John King, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum firmly inserted his foot in his mouth when he spoke of his opposition to women fighting in combat in the armed forces. Women are currently in … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Revisit Certain “Zero Tolerance” Policies at Schools

Schools are supposed to act in the best interest of the student. However, in the case of two girls suspended at Lewis Palmer Middle School in Monument, Colorado the school grossly overreacted to one girl attempting to help her friend. … Continue reading

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Congratulations to the Giveaway Winners!

                In mid-January I conducted a giveaway of all three books that make up The Shamra Chronicles in Shelf Awareness (Pro and Readers), and DearReader.com (Librarian and Readers Newsletter). We had well over … Continue reading

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