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My White Pine book club is growing stale. The same few students join every year (which is awesome) but I’m not reaching as far as I’d like to in my secondary school of 1200 students. So I’m trying an additional book club this year in a different format. The book I’ve chosen is “This Dark […]

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Jenkins and Kelley offer an optimistic alternative to Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our Brains which is filled, as Jenkins claims, with “contemporary anxieties” (p. 10).  The book offers instead this explanation: “As a society, we are still sorting through the long-term implications of these [media] changes.  But one thing is […]

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When Nicholas Carr wrote the infamous article “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” (2008), he made waves in the education community who had bought into the Marc Prensky vision of today’s students as “digital natives” (2005).  While making impetuous decisions about technology integration in schools, Carr halted everyone into thinking maybe we should be a bit […]

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The Complete Essex County by Jeff Lemire My rating: 5 of 5 stars I was deeply touched by Jeff Lemire’s Essex County, as to me, it portrays my version of home in Southwestern Ontario. The contrast between his drawing of Toronto’s hubbub and Essex County’s stark isolation is vivid and particularly resonates with my experience […]

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Drama by Raina Telgemeier My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am so thrilled that there is a female protagonist who loves theatre and isn’t dying to be onstage. Callie is a great role model for pre-teens and teens alike as she is the master of her own learning of stagecraft in order to help […]

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Nightschool: The Weirn Books, Vol. 1 by Svetlana Chmakova My rating: 4 of 5 stars I have to admit that this is the first Manga I’ve ever read, although I’m an emerging fan of the graphic novel format. The artwork varies with the characters’ emotions from mysterious and flirtatious, to outraged and scary. The colour […]

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“>Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks My rating: 4 of 5 stars I think my favourite thing about the main character, Maggie, is that her personality is so well-developed. Before the ghost is even introduced we find out that: she’s the only girl with 3 brothers, her Dad has a new job, and her […]

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DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 1 by Darwyn Cooke My rating: 5 of 5 stars I selfishly chose to read DC: The New Frontier because I’m doing an assignment on DC and I wanted more meat. I’m a self-acclaimed noob when it comes to graphic novels and The New Frontier was my first foray into […]

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Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s not surprising to me that Vera Brosgol, author/illustrator of Anya’s Ghost, has chosen Neil Gaiman’s critique to highlight on her front cover of this graphic novel. I can make a direct comparison between Gaiman’s character Coraline and Brosgol’s Anya who are both ordinary […]

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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle My rating: 5 of 5 stars Whenever I’m travelling, I try to read a fiction book set in the place I’m visiting. This summer when I travelled to England for the second time, I brought this book. I didn’t know this little Arthur Conan Doyle trivia […]

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare My rating: 4 of 5 stars I can totally see why this is a young adult hit….female protagonist who is struggling with identity as she discovers some deep dark family secrets all the while learning that she has some new magical powers. I will definitely put it in my […]

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Owly, Vol. 1: The Way Home & The Bittersweet Summer by Andy Runton My rating: 3 of 5 stars I can’t say this with any certainty but Owly has the feeling of being written for school-aged children. The pictures are sweet and the text is minimal but the stories themselves seem to have a moral […]

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A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is the first time ever in the history of me that I’ve said that I’m not letting the BOOK ruin the TV SERIES. So I’m just reading the 3rd installment now because the 3rd season is done. But the book […]

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Martin’s research is so refreshing!  I can’t seem to find the link to the actual chapter online but here are a couple of the places you can find her work: http://www.isrn.qut.edu.au/pdf/members/researchers/Martin.member.pdf http://www.e-contentmanagement.com/books/283/please-knock-before-you-enter-aboriginal “Research can help understand problems, or it can perpetuate problems. This is particularly evident in research that involves Aboriginal people because the power […]

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