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review 2018-09-15 10:33
Turbocharged minds: “The Quantum Labyrinth” by Paul Halpern
The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality - Paul Halpern

“It’s worth a lot of miles to talk with you about anything and everything.”

John Wheeler referring to Richard P. Feynman, November 28, 1978 (Caltech Archives) in “The Quantum Labyrinth” by Paul Halpern

“His ideas are strange; I don’t believe them at all. But it is surprising how often we realize later that he was right.”

Richard P. Feynman referring to John A. Wheeler, in “Inside the Mind of John Wheeler”, 1986, in “The Quantum Labyrinth” by Paul Halpern

“To be normal or unconventional, that is the question. Is it better to be regular, predictable, and straightforward or bizarre, haphazard, and mercurial?”

in “The Quantum Labyrinth” by Paul Halpern

Do people in Quantum electrodynamics end their proofs with Q.E.D?



If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-09-11 10:15
Encounters of Sherlock Holmes - George Mann,Mark Hodder,Paul Magrs,James Lovegrove,Eric Brown,Richard Dinnick,David Barnett,Cavan Scott,Mark Wright,Stuart Douglas,Kelly Hale,Mags L. Halliday,Nick Kyme,Steve Lockley

As always with a set of stories this is a mixed bag, but there's a love of the stories of Sherlock Holmes that comes across from all of the stories.  Little details like the Persian Slipper become stories.  There's mashups from other stories (H G Wells War of the Worlds for example) and they often take an interesting twist.


None of the stories are terribly memorable or made me want to hunt up more by the authors but none were terrible and would suggest to me to avoid those authors.

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review 2018-09-10 03:14
Bud, Not Buddy
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud is a determined to find his father despite what is thrown his way. He battles foster parents and siblings, his ability to keep up a lie, as well as hunger and homelessness during the Great Depression. Bud’s mother died when he was six leaving him an orphan because his father was not apart of his life. When Bud runs away from a foster home after being locked in a shed with vampires, he sets his sights on locating his long lost father. Bud’s journey to find his father leads him to an outcome he never expected. Bud uses a map to find various routes during his journey, an activity for students to do is use a map to help Bud find his way from city to city. The students could calculate how long bud would need to travel by foot and by car. An extension to this activity is to have research the cities and find information about those cities during the Great Depression and record them in a graphic organizer. The DRA reading level is 40-50.

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review 2018-09-09 21:43
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud is a child in the system with a vivid imagination. Bud escapes from the system and goes off on a journey to find his dad.  

Students would identify the theme, character, setting, and plot of this story. Students could discuss the many characters that Bud meets during his journey. 

Lexile Level: 950L

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review 2018-09-06 19:44
Bud, Not Buddy
Bud, Not Buddy - Christopher Paul Curtis

Bud, Not Buddy is about a 10 year old boy on the search for his father. The story starts out with Bud in a foster home and he is not treated well. He runs away and finds a poster that he reads and automatically thinks the man in the picture will lead him to his father. Bud sets out on an adventure and meets people along the way. He eventually meets up with the band to find out that who he thought was his father is actually his grandfather. His story seems to end well and he is finally comfortable with the thought of his future. 

This book could be a read aloud to the entire class with many discussions along the way. The students could take Bud and analyze his character. They could talk about his characteristics and how they are either alike or not alike. 


Grades 3-5 and 6-8 

Lexile 950L

Accelerated Reader 5.0  

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