Companion books
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Companion books

While most people can relate to the idea that a book can be a companion, books can also act as companions to one another. In my role as a vice principal last fall, I observed an eighth grade teacher leading a study of a verse-novel that begins in war-torn Vietnam called Inside Out and Back…

Navigating a Complex Subject
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Navigating a Complex Subject

Medical doctor and psychologist Leonard Sax updated and revised Why Gender Matters in 2017, after its initial publication in 2006. The title itself is a lightning rod for controversy at a time when the prevailing cultural narratives state either that gender is irrelevant or that it is all-important with multiple carefully defined expressions.

Books build community
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Books build community

“One Book” is a movement that started in Seattle, Washington back in 1998. Here the library selected a novel by Russell Banks entitled The Sweet Hereafter and promoted it as a book everyone in Seattle should read during that year.

Evaluating the narrative of ‘Owning the Future’
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Evaluating the narrative of ‘Owning the Future’

As literate human beings we live in the context of past, present and future. Considering the past as well as the future as we live from day to day is a basic skill we try to instill in children so that they can make wise plans that account for cause and effect. The author of Trees on Mars, however, observes that “Future” has become an obsession in the West.