Monthly Archives: June 2011

I Already Read That

Many, many times when I have suggested titles for students in their later years (by which I mean high school), I have gotten the, “Oh, I read that in fifth grade,” comment. It is frequently accompanied by the vaguely superior attitude that tends to distinguish a precocious reader.

In response, I have this to say: Reading something as a child is not the same as reading it in high school (or later). Yes, the words are the same, the characters are the same, and the plot is the same, but you, dear reader, are not.

The Chronicles of Narnia series, by C.S. Lewis, is a classic example of this. Easily digested as a fairy tale in one’s early years, in the hands of a teenager, it can boggle the mind with its innuendo and double meaning. So can The Hobbit. And Watership Down. And practically every other book not exclusively intended for the younger crowd.

Even when perfectly capable of understanding the words and following a complex plot, the preadolescent reader (even a gifted one) just doesn’t have the maturity to recognize the nuance and subtlety embedded in most literature.

Think I’m wrong? Dust one off and read it again.

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Summer Reading List

In the throes of the end of the school year, I was unexpectedly inundated with a lot of great new (at least to me) titles that I stoically forbade myself to read until summer vacation. As usual, my reading list is a tad eclectic, but so far, so good. I’ll probably be posting reviews of most of them, so here’s a preview:

I Capture the Castle
I Capture the Castle
by Dodie Smith

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation
by Lauren Willig

Chains (Seeds of America)
by Laure Halse Anderson

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

The Thirteenth Tale
by Diane Setterfield

School of Fear

School of Fear
by Gitty Daneshvari

The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life's Storms

The Blueprint
by Kirk Franklin

State of Wonder

State of Wonder
by Ann Patchett

Private Life

Private Life
by Jane Smiley

Silver Wedding

Silver Wedding
by Maeve Binchy


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Best of the Blog V: Post Face Off

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For this last installment of The Best of the Blog (next week I will start writing new posts again), I was torn between one that had a large number of visitors the first time around, and one that I wrote when the blog was young and not many people saw it. Then I thought, “Why not both?”

• It Was the Worst of Times

• Scrabbling for Success: 10 Helpful Hints for the Querying Process

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