Monthly Archives: February 2011

Reading Response to “Getting the Girl” by Susan Juby

I enjoyed this book a lot.  It is funny, tightly-written, and feels very realistic in a surreal sort of way. The full title of this book is Getting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance, and Cookery.  The subtitle … Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: “This World We Live In” by Susan Beth Pfeffer

This book is a fun read, even if most of the plot is spoiled in the book-jacket summary.  The details are left out, and it is these details that make the story interesting. Susan Beth Pfeffer’s This World We Live … Continue reading

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Censorship and Teen Lit — The Sequel

In light of further reflection on the topic of censorship and teen literature, I decided to compile a list of things that I find offensive in said works.  This isn’t a list of things that I think should be banned … Continue reading

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Censorship and Teen Lit

Well, nothing like the touchy subject of censorship when you have the moniker of Katy Konservativ… I think that the overarching reason that young adult materials (and children’s materials, for that matter) are challenged frequently is because parents are frightened … Continue reading

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Recommended Teen Novel: “Three Black Swans” by Caroline B. Cooney

So I was at the library doing some research for my assignment when I decided to check out the “new teen books” shelf on my way out. Between the ages of 10 and 14, Caroline B. Cooney was one of … Continue reading

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Reading Response to “Forever” by Judy Blume

Well, that wasn’t so bad — though the story itself felt rather empty. Judy Blume’s controversial book Forever was first published in 1975.  From reading it, I can understand why it has been controversial (and certainly why it was in … Continue reading

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Sex Lit and Tarantulas

Not at all looking forward to this week’s reading! I’ll use the metaphor of tarantulas. I find biology interesting and arachnids are fascinating creatures, but I just can’t watch a documentary about them and I certainly don’t want to see … Continue reading

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