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1. University Press Week blog tour round-up (Thursday)

For the last few years, the AAUP has organized a University Press blog tour to allow readers to discover the best of university press publishing. On Thursday, their theme was "#tbt" or "Throwback Thursday" featuring the histories of various presses, some fascinating photographs and artifacts from university press history, and historical context from university press authors on today's concerns.

The post University Press Week blog tour round-up (Thursday) appeared first on OUPblog.

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2. Essential Thoughts: Building a Community of Writers — Part of #TWTBlog’s Throwback Week

Throwback week continues on Two Writing Teachers. Today, Anna throws back to Deb, who shared how to foster deep writing community bonds back in August.

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3. Throw Back Thursday

Me and Blake, circa 1994.

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4. Throw Back Thursday

Blake. On Kevin’s dirt bike. Back before Kevin had his motorcycle accident in April 2010.

I’m pretty sure this is the closest Blake will ever get to a motorcycle after watching his dad recover from a crushed pelvis.

Thank God.

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5. throwback...

"moonlight mavens"
11x14 acrylic on canvas
to one year ago yesterday...and this painting, "moonlight mavens".

hard to believe this piece (and the newly designed website, by me) are exactly one year old! how do i know this? it was website renewal fee day yesterday (squarespace is awesome, by the way)....and, i have a memory like an elephant. ;)

here's the story behind this painting as well as a bit more about me (in case you didn't already know)...

{and, just because it's throwback thursday, well i thought i'd share a picture of a very small Nicole with lots of dreams behind those big brown eyes of being the bestest children's artist she could be! :)}

a little Nicole...circa. 1975/76

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6. #TBT in B&W

Maggie meets her grandmother, and Oliver gets a scolding. (From MAGGIE & OLIVER OR A BONE OF ONE'S OWN.)

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7. Throwback Thursday: Conferring

Check out some of our past posts about all aspects of conferring.

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8. Throwback Thursday: Poetry

Browse our past posts about poetry instruction in the classroom. Also, get a few ideas for crafting some of your own poems.

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9. Throwback Thursday: Reflections & Self-Assessments

Peruse our past posts about reflective practice and self-assessments students can use at the end of the school year.

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10. Throwback Thursday (book review): Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, ill. by Maira Kalman

Little Brown, 2011
Min is mad, but more than that, her heart is broken...

Min doesn't have a lot of friends, but the ones she does have are loyal and close, with Al being her closest friend.  Between him and the avant-garde movies she loves, her life is really good.  Until Ed Slaterton showed up....

She was "arty;" he was an athlete.  She had a free-spirit; his was defined by his friends.  Min was under the radar; Ed was the one girls wanted to be with and guys wanted to hang with.  Her lifestyle was nostalgic; his was trendy.  Both of them showed each other a new world.

It was a complete accident, their meeting.  She searched for him, he handed her a beer (which Min poured out discreetly).  They talked that night and soon, this led to another meeting, then another...and then they became a couple. 

And everyone wondered why they were together.  But Ed knew, with all of his heart, that Min was different and he loved the fact that she wasn't just another pretty face.  Min was secretly, than openly, thrilled about being Ed Slaterton's girlfriend, even if it meant she had to sacrifice some things, including her favorite coffee shop.

But today, she wants no part of Ed.  Nothing about him in her life is the cleansing she needs.  So she takes everything they ever shared, including a:
pinhole camera
toy truck
plant pod

oily kitchen towel....and so much, so many more.

They go in a box, along with her story of why they broke up. 

The premise of this book is simple.  Each chapter contains an item and the story that goes along with it in chronological order.  Told from Min's point of view, the reader becomes entangled in her story and the curiosity quotient is raised of how, not especially why, Min broke up with him.  But this book is unique in another very different way.  Daniel Handler writes with dangling participles galore.  It will take a reader to fine tune the voice in their head to follow the pattern his writing takes on, including the ever important comma pauses he uses.  It is also because of his stylized writing that Min's character truly comes out, filled with emotion and packed with meaning.  Handler also creates the town Min lives in and the world of film she loves, not with the branded names of coffee houses, Hollywood, and music, but with care, choosing imaginative names to convey the feeling each name evokes. 

Simple book, intricate writing....two very different styles that compliment and run alongside the two main characters in this book that reflect Handler's writing.  Interspersed throughout are deft, well-spaced illustrations of each item Min discards.  Recommended for high school (9-12).

Sidenote: it has been a long time since I've read a book that was actually sewn.  Also, this is a heavy book (literally, not figuratively) with glossy thick pages.  Not your typical YA book, and one that definitely stands out. 

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11. Throwback Thursday: Shark Girl by Kelly Bingham

Candlewick, 2007

Jane is ready.  She has her sketchbook (one of the most important things in her life), her obnoxious brother Michael and her mother.  Everything is packed.  The beach is calling.  It's a beautiful day, clear and perfect.  Jane couldn't ask for a better one.  She heads toward the water and start swimming.  And that's about all she can remember.

Her brother Michael remembers it all to well. The water turning red as Jane is pulled onto the beach.  The shock of seeing her mangled body.  The ambulance pulling up and taking his sister away.  He caught it all on camera, and it's this footage that changes Jane's life.

It's a long road to recovery for Jane.  The pain, the loss of her arm to a shark, the rehab...it's something she can't psychologically get through.  She knows it will take time, and she knows her life now has changed.  The sketchbook she always carried around?  Useless now.  Everyday tasks at home?  Can't even accomplish those.  And don't even talk about going to back to school.  Not now, not with the everyone seeing and knowing what happened.

First it's the newscast, then the letter begin to come in, not in a trickle but en masse.  Everyone encouraging her, praying for her, hoping for the best.  But all of that doesn't matter unless Jane decides to make is matter personally for her, and she is not feeling it.  Until a boy named Justin enters her life and makes an impact.

But is Jane ready to begin again?  Can she accept her new normal?

Bingham writer a beautiful novel in verse through Jane's eyes from the first struggle to the continuation of her new life.  It's about Jane's journey that pulls the reader in, from her interminably hospital stay to her trying to overcome the obstacles she faces within and without herself.  Bingham also inserts letters and external dialogue within the verse to not only give readers first person perspective, but third person as well.  This is a quick read and is perfect for this summer because....

Candlewick, 2013

Bingham has recently come out with a sequel to the novel entitled Formerly Shark Girl.  They say one year can change your life.  Jane knows this all too well, but in a day, not a year.  The reader sees her emotional and physical progress in this sequel and how much stronger she has become.  Again, Bingham inserts letters from strangers asking how she is and how inspirational her story has become.  A perfect ending to Jane's last year in high school and all the changes in her life that have taken place in 365 days.  Bingham ends this novel with the possibility of another...or maybe not.

Hamilton, Bethany.  (2006).  Soul Surfer: the true story of faith, family, and fight to get back on the board.  MTV Books                                        

Capuzzo, Michael.  (2003).  Close to Shore: the terrifying shark attacks of 1916.  Crown Publishers

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12. Throwback Thursday: Ship of Souls

Ship of Souls by Zetta Elliott (2011, ARC) 
Amazon Publishing

Rating: 3.5/5

IQ "Kids on my block called 'reject'. Grown folks at church called me an 'old soul'. One girl at school told me I talked like a whiteboy. But when I ask Mom about it she just said, 'you are black. And nothing you say, or do, or pretend to be will ever change that fact. So just be yourself, Dmitri. Be who you are." pg. 3

Dmitri, known as D, is living with a foster family after his mother dies of breast cancer. D is used to having his foster mom all to himself, when she takes in Mercy, a crack-addicted baby he finds himself unable to cope. He is at a new school and while tutoring he becomes friend with Hakeem, a basketball star who needs extra math help and Nyla, a military brat both boys have crushes on. Sometimes after school D bird watches in Prospect Park and he discovers a mysterious bird, Nuru that can communicate with him. He enlists Hakeem and Nyla to help him help Nuru (who is injured) escape evil forces, the ghosts of soldiers that died during the Revolutionary War. They journey from Brooklyn to the African Burial Ground in Manhattan to assist Nuru in freeing the souls that reside there.

I wish some of the fantasy elements had been developed a bit further, such as Nuru's role, his dialogue also came across sounding a little ridiculous and heavy on the 'wise mentor' scale. The characters did come across as having a message. It is made very clear that Hakeem is Muslim and Nyla is 'different from the stereotype. I wish the individuality of the characters had come off in a more subtle way (for example when Hakeem describes how his older sister listed all Muslim basketball players to convince his dad to let him play. And then Hakim lists them all and weaves in tidbits about the hijab. It came across as stilted for middle school dialogue). But then again this book is intended for a younger audience who need it hammered in that it's dangerous to define people and put them in boxes. I also wish the book had been longer just by a few chapters, selfishly because I wanted more historical tidbits but also because I felt that the fantasy elements happened so fast as did the sudden strong friendship with Hakeem and Nyla. And the love triangle made me sad but that's not the author's fault! Although I would have been happy without it.

Yet again Zetta Elliott seamlessly blends together history and fantasy, Black American history that is often ignored in textbooks. Unlike the descriptions of the characters I found the historical tidbits woven in artfully. There are so many goodies in here about the importance of working with other people, that heroes need not go it alone. This is especially vital because the author makes it explicitly clear that D is unbearably lonely but he keeps himself isolated from other people because he doesn't want to be abandoned or disappointed or lose them in a tragic way as happened with his mother. The author does a great job of making you truly feel and understand D's loneliness and your heart aches for him. Also while I didn't think the friendship had enough time to really grow into the strong bonds that developed so quickly, it was a very genuine friendship (once you suspend your disbelief) in terms of doing anything and everything for your friends and believing the seemingly improbable. It is also clear that the author has a strong appreciation of nature and that makes the fantasy elements more interesting while also making it appear more realistic.

Ship of Souls is a great story that focuses on a portion and population of the American Revolution that is completely ignored by most history outlets. The fantasy world is well-thought out, I only wish the book had been longer to explain more about the world D and his friends get involved in as well as more time to believably develop their friendship. The characters are strong, but they were written with a heavy hand that tries hard to point out how they defy stereotypes.  I devoured the story not just because of the length but because it is so different from anything else out there and it's a lovely addition to the YA/MG fantasy world. I can't wait to see what the author does next and again I adored her first YA novel A Wish After Midnight. I recommend both books.

Disclosure: Received from the author, who I do consider a wonderful friend and mentor. Many thanks Zetta!

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13. Throwback Thursday

This is one of the very first maps I ever did, back when I was starting out as an illustrator. It was inspired by a TOO long ago trip to Ireland. Time to go back!

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14. Throwback Thursday: Remembering where you came from, and 2015 plans

There's a thing on Facebook called Throwback Thursday. It's pretty fun: people post old pictures of themselves (or others) from a while ago. You're probably familiar if you hang out at the virtual watercooler that is Faceybook.

This is me, I'm thinking around three years old. And laughing at someone's joke, clearly. As I flipped through my old picture album, I was reminded how nice my childhood was, and how lucky I am to have all these good memories (there were a lot of smiley-me pictures to choose from).

As a writer, I'm not the same girl who wrote those dark stories umpteen years ago--which is understandable, especially since I write for kids now. But it's good to remember where you came from sometimes. I actually wrote a short story recently, and was reminded to do more of it. And I ticked off one of my plans for 2015, so that felt good.

I still like to have a good laugh like three year-old Fleur, though, so that hasn't changed.

How about you? Do you look back and realize you write differently, or read different books?

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15. Throwback Thursday: Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever

I know Throwback Thursday in the blogging world usually means recycling an older post from your blog, however we’re going to have something a little different here on Thursday’s. For the Book Dads version of Throwback Thursday, one of the Book Dads reviewers or a guest is going to write a short review of a favorite book from their childhood. Today, I’m kicking it off with a brief post about one of my favorite books as a kid: Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever.

richardscarry Throwback Thursday: Richard Scarrys Best Word Book EverWho doesn’t remember this book? I wonder if they’ve kept track of how many copies this has sold…

Anyway, I had a bunch of Richard Scarry books as a kid but this was one of my favorites (or at least one I remember). I loved the pigs and definitely got a kick out of the elephants as well (see photos below).

Originally published in 1963, the book contains over 1,400 labelled pictures and was Richard Scarry’s first book he both authored and illustrated. Despite being published in 1963, the book has stood the test of time thanks to some revisions and edits keeping it a little more gender-friendly. If you notice on the cover of the new editions, the police officer is now a female bear. On the “Work Machines” page there are some more female bears featured driving a bulldozer, tractor scraper and roller. More female representations appear throughout the book now. Not that you can always tell – they are after all, drawings of animals.

My mother got Tessa this book after she was first born. Tessa has generally preferred books she could hold so she really likes the board books we have but she still pulls this off the shelf and looks through it. I’m sure as she gets a little older, this will become well worn from use.

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16. Throwback Thursday: Choose Your Own Adventure Books

CH02 new Throwback Thursday: Choose Your Own Adventure Books

My 1st CYOA book!

Do you remember getting those Scholastic book order forms in elementary school? I think they’re still around, but now have computer games and other things like that in them. Once I learned how to read, my favorite books to read were the Choose Your Own Adventure Books and every time I saw a new one in the Scholastic book order form, I got it.

I wish I still had these books because they’re such classics. I was really pleased to learn a few months ago that they’re still around and they have an excellent website: www.cyoa.com.

Besides the old classics like Journey Under the Sea, there’s new books being released as well. Although I was an active reader, these are great books for reluctant readers.

I’ll be having some reviews of this series throughout the year. What was your favorite CYOA book?

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17. Introducing Throwback Thursday

Peruse some of our past posts that will help you and your students find more things to write about.

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18. Throwback Thursday: Conferring

Check out some of our past posts about all aspects of conferring.

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