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June 2011 Blog Posts (4)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

My rating: <a href="">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />

Well Ms Jack and her Pop Contemp Lit students----I FINALLY read this book!!! And yes, I agree everyone (who loves YA lit)should read read this book.  Charlie is one of those teens who asks many, many questions.  He has thoughts and feelings on almost everything and his letters to this anonymous person really speak about his confusion, yet his hyper-awareness, and his… Continue

Added by bj neary on June 13, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments

Learning Commons

I oversee five school libraries, grades K-8. Pending approval in a town referendum, we will be building a new school for grades 3-5. I am proposing a Learning Commons in the new school. The superintendent, principal, and architect are all excited about the prospect. I met with the architect yesterday. He has been doing research about Learning Commons and is finding a lot of information about college level and high school level Learning Commons, but very little about elementary level Learning…


Added by Barbara Merritt on June 11, 2011 at 3:16pm — No Comments

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Saenz

4 of 5 starsA heart-wrenching tale of a young man, Zach, who is an alcoholic and finds himself at a rehab facility where he must remember in order to heal.  Zach is an 18 year old who has so many skeletons in his closet and he doesn’t really talk too much but you know he has a mother (with depression problems) and a father (who drinks too much) and a brother who is so psychopathic, he is holding the family emotionally hostage. His childhood as he “remembers” it is so dysfunctional that he… Continue

Added by bj neary on June 6, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Breaking Night: A Memoir by Liz Murray

Liz Murray's memoir is so amazing because of the horrors she endured on a daily basis, yet still loved her drug addled parents who would live paycheck to paycheck to buy drugs.  And since Liz was six when this change in her life became apparent, Liz would do whatever she could to keep her parents' attention -- like be a lookout, or as her mom waited in line for her check, Liz would help her get through the wait time by asking questions and providing nonstop encouragement to her mother.  There… Continue

Added by bj neary on June 1, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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