Historical fiction for teens.

Historical fiction for teens.  We don’t often search for books of this genre, but with Advanced Placement U.S. History came a requirement to read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece, The Scarlet Letter. We bought the book, peeked inside at the style of writing, took a deep breath, and went outside for a hike. But we promised our…

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Adventure books for girls

Adventure books for girls. With young men at home, I don’t read these books very often.  But a perceptive and knowledgeable local guide recommended this book to someone else. Overhearing their conversation, I asked about it. Adventure books we found while traveling Last summer we traveled in lovely Nova Scotia.  We rode bikes and marveled…

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PBS Great American Read

PBS Great American Read. PBS Great American Read is a new eight-part series spotlighting America’s 100 best-loved novels.  American voters chose these top novels in a national survey.  We are providing a link to the series and timing here.  The fall kickoff is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11, at 8pm. Though we were aware of the…

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Teen science fiction.

Teen science fiction.  Hello summer reading! Ender’s Game Our youngest son was assigned this science-fiction novel for summer reading prior to starting 9th grade in August.  Bill saw the movie with our other son, and Cynthia generally reads the summer books with our boys, so this one feels like a natural.  Before getting started, though,…

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Reading development. This summer!

Reading development.  It’s an important process that explains how students progress as readers. Stages are based on students’ experiences and skills, not their age or grade level. Who is doing this? Our beloved Mrs. Mendenhall will be working part time at A Step Ahead this summer, while she also explores working with the Institute of Reading…

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