Category Archives: Classic Fiction

“The Haunting of Hill House”

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson Some of you have said you’re tired of teen horror that focuses a bit too much on romance. You want something creepier, but you’re not sure if you have the time to … Continue reading

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It’s Time for Horror!

We’ve got some new books for October reading, and they look great! If the title is hyperlinked, click on it for my review. iDrakula by Bekka Black An updated version of Dracula told through a series of text messages, instant … Continue reading

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Tough Teen Topics: Bullying

One in an occasional series of topics that are tough for adults to address with teens. Since we’ve recently had anti-bullying assemblies at both of my schools, I’ve been talking up some of the best books in our libraries about … Continue reading

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Summer Reading–Join me with some great books!

Don’t lose those grade-level gains you worked so hard to make all year long! Reading over the summer prevents the traditional summer loss of reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. And it’s so easy—a virtually stress-free, fun way of learning. Just … Continue reading

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“Pride and Prejudice”–have a listen!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen For a thorough summary of this classic, you only have to grab a copy of SparkNotes, Cliff Notes or go to shmoop.com and check it out. However, these summaries tell you nothing about what … Continue reading

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“The Picture of Dorian Gray”

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde As a classic, The Picture of Dorian Gray is summarized and analyzed in many places, and I have nothing to add.* However, as the new semester starts and seniors at both schools … Continue reading

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“Dracula”

Dracula by Bram Stoker As vampire tales are so popular lately, I decided this summer that I would read one of the original vampire novels—Dracula. The author, Bram Stoker, created the character of Dracula by pulling together lots of myths … Continue reading

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