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review 2018-02-27 02:45
Because of Winn- DIxie
Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo

This book provides students the opportunity to see a character building confidence throughout the story. Winn-Dixie changes Opal's life by giving her the confidence to be herself. An writing activity that students could do is write about a mistake you made or a struggled you experienced on a bottle shaped paper. This writing activity will hang on a paper cut out of a tree similar to the ghost tree in the book.


Reading Level: Lexile 670L


Grades: 3-6th

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text 2018-02-17 03:32
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 467 pages.
Eye On the Struggle: Ethel Payne, the First Lady of the Black Press - James McGrath Morris

Black History Month continues to influence my reading these days, and so here's some intriguing Nonfiction for me to absorb. I bought this on a whim, while browsing the US History section at the bookstore, and I'm excited to learn all about this woman and her journalist career. I think the book will mainly be showcasing the 1960s, although, as with most Biographies, I expect things will start earlier than that. text that I really need to read actually ends at page 394, not counting flipping to Endnotes, because after p. 394 comes the Index, the Bibliography, the Notes, that sort of stuff.


now that I've cued this up, I can barely wait!

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text 2017-12-21 16:46
Reading progress update: I've read 108 out of 432 pages.
Century of Struggle: The Woman's Rights Movement in the United States, Enlarged Edition - Ellen Fitzpatrick,Eleanor Flexner

I'm finding this to be a highly informative read. I picked it up mainly to learn about the women's suffrage movement, but Flexner demonstrates that campaigners had a much broader agenda than just that.

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text 2017-11-29 12:00
NEW RELEASE - Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold
Power Struggle (Detective Madison Knight series Book 8) - Carolyn Arnold

☆¸¸.•´¯`•.¸•★☆>> NEW MYSTERY RELEASE <<☆★•¸.•`¯´•.¸¸☆
Power Struggle by Author Carolyn Arnold (Detective Madison Knight series)

"This one will get your adrenaline as well as your blood pressure up a notch or three!" reviews Miki's Hope

"This is an action packed, thrilling read that has you feeling the fear, frustration and relief that Madison is going through, throughout the whole story." reviewsE Book Addicts

One hit man who’s back for revenge.

One detective who’s not going down without a fight.

It’s been ten months since Detective Madison Knight almost died at the hands of Russian Mafia hit man Constantine Romanov. She hasn’t seen hide nor hair of him since he escaped police custody and fled to Russia soon after his arrest, except now her latest murder investigation gives her reason to believe he’s back in town. Seeing as the victim is the man who killed her grandfather, her perspective may be a little skewed, but with the MO smacking of Constantine and the victim’s connections to the mob, she finds it hard to be objective. Still, she’s doing her best to consider all the evidence.

When she receives a threatening letter from Constantine, however, her suspicions are confirmed. And he’s made it abundantly clear that not only does he plan to finish what he started but he has her family and loved ones in the crosshairs, too. Madison vows to do whatever it takes to save them, but as the hours race by, the body count rises. And the stakes only get higher when Madison’s sister, Chelsea, goes missing.

Now, Madison’s only play is to take Chelsea’s disappearance for what it really means: Constantine is calling Madison out for one final showdown. And they won’t both survive…

Read more on the #book, series and author here...

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review 2017-11-20 08:13
Louise Thompson Patterson: A Life of Struggle for Justice
Louise Thompson Patterson: A Life of Struggle for Justice - Keith Gilyard
"Organizing is a fine art. I have worked at it all of my adult life."

Before picking up this book, I had never heard of Louise Thompson Patterson. Which is a shame, because she was an incredibly fascinating woman who influenced the movers and shakers of the Harlem Renaissance, the American Communist party, and the Civil Rights movement. Louise's story is an unlikely and amazing one, from her eclectic, peripatetic childhood, her tempestuous first marriage, to her struggles with her ability to "pass," her deep friendship with Langston Hughes and her bitter rivalry with Zora Neale Hurston, her leadership that brought together a collaboration with a Jewish organisation to fight for universal rights, her travels behind the Iron Curtain, and her lifelong loyalty to the Communist Party. The book is incredibly thorough and each page, often festooned with casual mentions of dozens of names, reads a bit like a Who's Who of the Harlem Renaissance-- which, unfortunately, would be more entertaining if I actually knew who was who. 

The book deftly describes Patterson's life, not only her virtues, but also uncompromisingly explores her flaws. Yet despite learning so much about her life, I am not sure I ever really understood what motivated her, and I absolutely failed to grasp her obstinate faith in the Soviet Union, even to the point of repeatedly switching sides as the Communist policy on the Nazis changed again and again. Perhaps most impressive of all was her ability to survive on a career in political organizing. Patterson was a fascinating complex woman who influenced generation upon generation of civil rights organizers. If you're curious about her life-- and are more well-versed in the history of the time than I am-- this book is well worth a read.

~~I received an advanced reader copy of this book through Netgalley from the publisher, Duke University Press, in exchange for my honest review.~~ 

Cross-posted on Goodreads.

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