Genre: Middle grade historical fiction Publisher: Candlewick Publication Date: July 10, 2018 Synopsis: In a racially polarized classroom in 1970 Alabama, Lu’s talent for running track makes her a new best friend — and tests her mettle as she navigates the school’s social cliques. Miss Garrett’s classroom is like every other at our school. White … More Review/Discussion: My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver
I’ve been thinking about Shakespeare a lot recently–I’ve been getting into theater, I saw Something Rotten and read Twelfth Night this summer, I’m getting deeper into learning to teach English, and now my brother’s in high school and will be reading Romeo and Juliet this year. When I heard that last item, I was a … More Teaching Shakespeare: Best Play to Start?
I meant to publish this in April, but then I chickened out because suddenly there was so much to cover from the news that was related to this topic. So here it is, because Pride Month seemed like a good time to post it. I’m writing this because I can’t stop thinking about this article … More LGBTQ Kidlit, Schools, and Me
The following discusses graphic depictions of rape and suicide, including methods and details of the latter. I’ve avoided writing a post about 13 Reasons Why because there are SO MANY THINGS that can be said, so many that have covered it, and every time I think about it too much I kind of combust into … More 13 Reasons Why & Prestige TV: Who’s the audience?
So, I’m 100% back now since I’ve finished my first year of college and have three and a half months of summer stretching before me. I’ve got posts I’ve been meaning to finish for a while now, but it seemed silly to ignore how college life has changed me and my reading. So here I … More How College Has Made Me a Better Reader
Upon the completion of my last IB History HL paper, I am now completely done with those 4- or 5-paragraph, 40ish minute timed essays for exams. Thank goodness. These are “AP-style” essays pretty much intended for timed writings. After all three AP histories, both AP Englishes, plus IB History and English (though, thankfully that one … More Me vs. Timed Writing Exams