New faculty! Meet Dr. D

New faculty! Meet Dr. D We give a hearty welcome to new faculty member Chris Dometrius! Chris joined the faculty recently, working primarily with high school students in all areas of mathematics, SAT/ACT test preparation. He also helps college and university students prepare for the GRE examination. But first, let’s talk about what’s really cool…

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The Undefeated. A new book for children.

The Undefeated. A new book for children. Our beloved author Kwame Alexander, author of The Crossover, won the American Library Association’s 2020 Randolph Caldecott Medal with illustrator Kadir Nelson for The Undefeated. This book was originally performed for ESPN’s show by the same name, and offers history, perspective on the present, and insight into the…

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The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild I decided to read Jack London’s classic tale of Buck and his adventures in the Alaskan wilderness. I made this decision after seeing the trailer for the upcoming movie starring Harrison Ford. Also, reading The Call of the Wild checked another box on my 2020 reading challenge. For this part…

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The Alchemist

The Alchemist. One shepherd’s quest for treasure. I decided to read Paulo Coelho’s classic tale of adventure and discovery as part of my personal 2020 reading challenge. One of my 2020 reading challenges is to read a book in translation, and Coelho’s novel fits the bill. Written in Portuguese and published in 1988, The Alchemist…

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ALA award winners!

ALA award winners!  Today the American Library Association released its picks for 2020 ALA award winners in youth media. You can read their press release here. What’s new? New Kid, written by Jerry Craft, won the 2020 Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. Craft’s story also won the Coretta Scott King…

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The Wednesday Wars.

The Wednesday Wars. Shakespeare, running track, Vietnam, cream puffs. I enjoy reading, and I read books from many sources. The online book club Modern Mrs. Darcy has been a good source for me, especially sourcing novels written by a wide range of authors. This fall, that wide range included local author Charlie Lovett and his…

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Reading resolutions.

Reading resolutions. I’ve decided that I’m just not into making another diet or exercise resolution. I’ll make plans for health and wellness, but the resolution part is not for me. At least not in 2020. But reading resolutions? Yes! Reading, however, is a place where I do want to make some resolutions. Some of these…

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Frank Morelli. Local author. Beloved teacher.

Frank Morelli. Local author. Beloved teacher. A few weeks ago I was visiting with the inspiring Gardner Barrier, head of Forsyth Country Day School. Gardner handed me a book, saying “You can thank me later. You’ll love this.” The book was Frank Morelli’s latest novel for middle grade students: Please Return to: Norbert M. Finkelstein. …

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