William Faulkner

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In honor of my seniors, and their impending graduation, I thought this quote by William Faulkner was fitting.

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

-William Faulkner

See more images of Faulkner and read more about him at http://faulkner.lib.virginia.edu/

It’s Scholastic’s #IReadYA Week

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This morning I was scrolling through my WordPress Reader and I came across a post by YA Love (check out her blog) saying that this week is the Scholastic #IReadYA week.

As many of you know from the book reviews that I have written, Continue reading

Book Review: TWISTED by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Cover image from goodreads.com

EVERYBODY TOLD HIM TO BE A MAN. NOBODY TOLD HIM HOW.

High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background. But since he got busted for doing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer working outdoors to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn’t believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who just so happens to be his father’s boss’s daughter, the sister of his biggest enemy–and Tyler’s secret crush. Soon his life is a roller coaster, with fantastic highs, devastating lows, and no seat belt to protect him. He has no choice. He’ll have to ride it out…

(Story synopsis from book cover of Penguin edition)

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson has been one of those books that I constantly keep in my classroom and am always recommending to my students to read…however, Continue reading

Book Review: THE KITCHEN BOY by Robert Alexander

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Cover image from goodreads.com

HE’S THE ONLY ONE ALIVE WHO KNOWS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. WHAT DARK SECRETS WILL THIS ANCIENT RUSSIAN IMMIGRANT REVEAL ABOUT THE FINAL DAYS OF NICHOLAS AND ALEXANDRA?

Though the events are almost a century old, the imprisonment and execution of Tsar Nicholas and his family still hold an aura of mystery that fascinates. In haunting prose, Robert Alexander retells the story through the eyes of Leonka, once the kitchen boy to the Romanovs, who claims to be the last living witness to the family’s brutal execution. Mysteriously spared by the Bolsheviks, the boy vanished into the bloody tides of the Russian Revolution. Now, through Alexander’s conjuring, he reemerges to tell his story. What did the young boy see in those last days of the Imperial Family? Does he have answers to long-standing questions about secret letters smuggled to the Tsar, thirty-eight pounds of missing tsarist jewels, and why the bodies of two Romanov children are still missing from the secret grave discovered in 1991?

(Story synopsis from book cover, Penguin Book edition)

The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander was the May novel choice for the Pi Phi Pages book club read. With this being a historical fiction novel, I was of course very excited for this book. In addition to my affinity for historical fiction, the mystery that surrounds the Romanov is always one that is fascinating. Continue reading

My Erin Condren Teacher Planner, Part 1

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This school year may not even be over yet, but in many ways I’m already looking forward to the start of next school year. One of the reasons that I am already excited about next year is Continue reading

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