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Perfect Score Project

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The Perfect Score Project: One Mother's Journey to Uncover the Secrets of the SAT Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307956682
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Published: Harmony - September 9th, 2014

Stier and her son, Ethan, had viewed the college admissions process as an object on the distant horizon, but suddenly it was approaching with the velocity of a mac truck and they were left cowering like a deer in the headlights. In an attempt to prepare her son for the SATs, Stier enrolled in expensive prep courses, purchased all the latest books, & repeatedly sits the exams in varied school settings. Her experiences glean insights that should be shared with teachers, students, and parents. ~ Reviewed by Bonnie Winchester 


Unbroken

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Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812974492
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - July 29th, 2014

Author of Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand seamlessly weaves the tale of Louis Zamperini. A juvenile delinquent turned Olympic track star, Zamperini enlists in the Army Air Corps as a bombardier. He must survive after he is stranded in the shark-filled Pacific and captured as a POW in Japan. If you liked Life of Pi or the film Rescue Dawn, you could enjoy Unbroken. ~ Reviewed by Bonnie Winchester


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Unbroken (Movie Tie-in Edition): A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780812987119
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - November 4th, 2014

Dream Boy

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$9.99
ISBN: 9781402295836
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Published: Sourcebooks Fire - July 2014

Annabelle walks the line between dreams and reality. Her first person narration will take you by the hand & pull you headlong into her realm. "If I were an onion and you peeled back the papery outside, you’d find layer after layer of eye-watering dreams. And in the center, where there’s that little curlicue of onion heart? There’d be a puff of smoke from the dreams that burned away." The boy of Annabelle's most romantic dreams is suddenly alive and attending her high school classes. But, the girl of Annabelle's scariest nightmares is haunting Annabelle's days. If the dream boy came to life, will the nightmare girl as well? This is a debut collaboration in the young adult genre, but Mary Crockett Hill has been on my shelves of well-loved poetry since my sophomore year of college. Her verse captures the imagistic nature of the southern dialect and a mother's honesty that can bite or balm. Expect to be haunted by Dream Boy. ~ Reviewed by Bonnie Winchester


The Meaning of Maggie

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781452110219
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 6th, 2014

I'm in love with the protagonist, Maggie, a naive, ambitious, & funny young girl who is entering middle school with ambitions to become the next president of the United States. At school, when she finds herself alone at the lunch table, she isn't at all anxious; instead, she takes out her class syllabus and marks due dates on her calendar with each class marked in a corresponding color. At home, Maggie doesn't always get along with her "girly" older sister, but her family is tight-knit and supportive. Maggie's father, has a wheelchair, sharp wit, and a knowledge of all things "cool," including vinyl records. As Maggie learns that her father's disability is more serious than she imagined, she feels the first pangs of understanding that her parents are fallible mortal beings. Instead of fearing the worst, Maggie is empowered with a fiercer, empathetic love. ~ Reviewed by Bonnie Winchester


The Reappearing Act

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The Reappearing Act: Coming Out as Gay on a College Basketball Team Led by Born-Again Christians Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781629142050
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Published: Skyhorse - May 6th, 2014

Former Saratoga Springs resident and Post-Star reporter, Fagan shares her memoirs with caustic wit and humble honesty. You'll find solace in this soulful expression of a coming-out story contextualized within the culture of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. ~ Reviewed by Bonnie Winchester


Wiring the Brain for Reading

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Wiring the Brain for Reading: Brain-Based Strategies for Teaching Literacy Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780470587218
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Published: Jossey-Bass - April 2013

If you’ve ever craved a magic wand that would cause all distractions to vanish from students’ view, these strategies are built for your classroom. After reading and implementing this theory, my students no longer reached for their phantom limbs (cell phones) when it was time to read. We are able to sustain silent reading and hold meaningful, deep conversations about text -- as in, a piece of literature, not an electronic message. ~ Reviewed by Bonnie Winchester


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