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Linda Sue Park



--Linda Sue

P.S. Today I'm doing presentations at Monroe Community College, same gig you did a year or so ago.

Lois Lowry

No, no, GO PATS!

I loved my time at MCC. Tell them I said so!


Are publishers robbing the cradle?

"Figment.com will be unveiled on Monday as an experiment in online literature, a free platform for young people to read and write fiction, both on their computers and on their cellphones. Users are invited to write novels, short stories and poems, collaborate with other writers and give and receive feedback on the work posted on the site." -- NY Times.

Briana Patterson

Hi Lois,

I just stumbled on your blog and read this and immediately thought of the middle school class that I teach. I find boys can be just as bad as the girls, and not just through punching and wrestling about. The boys are louder and more open. The girls are definitely the types to slip under the radar and work quietly against each other. I have a little brother who was prevented from having friends by a few bullies. I see the boys coming in, verbally needling a child with Asperger's Syndrome who doesn't have the social know-how to deal with them. :-/

It's a brilliant poem though. Such a stinging truth of childhood!

Jennifer Fischer (previously Elliott)

Great post! I may share this with my students. We are about to start an anti-bullying campaign/program at our school called the Olweus Bullying Prevention program, and this would be a neat thing to share with them.

Time to get back to work. It's a busy time of year-- trying to squeeze Gathering Blue into two weeks for my accelerated 8th grade students. Hadn't planned on doing that, but they were STARVING after reading the Giver, so I had to feed them. :) Now my other classes are wanting the book, too, so it looks like I'll have to hit the student council up for more money to get a classroom set.

Hope you have a merry Christmas!


Susi Dugaw

I heard Nora on NPR and found her NY city lifestyle so insular and shallow - I believe it was something about her fingernails that really got to me. I enjoy her movies but will not be reading this book.

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