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That's one heavy book: 10,119 pages, 2 feet thick

There’s a new book in the University of Iowa Libraries but don’t expect anybody to read it all the way through in a single sitting. It’s a 10,119 page, 2-foot-thick book of poetry.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 2, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Literature, Reading  | Tags:  biggest book, dave morice, guinness book of world records, iowa writers' workshop, literature, longest book, poetry book, university of iowa  
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Ravitch: The chutzpah of rewriting Mark Twain (and how it relates to "The Wire")

Education historian Diane Ravitch writes about the latest effort to cleanse Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" of hurtful words.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 11, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Diane Ravitch, Guest Bloggers, Literature  | Tags:  censorship, classic literature, diane ravitch, huck fin, huckleberry fin, the wire, william shakespeare, writing mark twain  
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Finalists for young adult literature award

Here are the five books selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association as finalists for the 2011 William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 10, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Literature, Reading  | Tags:  YAL, adolescent lit, adolescent literature, american library association, books for teens, literature, reading, teen novels, young adult lit, young adult literature  
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Must we have the digital vs. print battle?

Do we have to have a fight over digital vs. print in children's literature? Why can't we have both?

By Valerie Strauss  | November 6, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Literature, Reading  | Tags:  barnes and noble, children's literature, digital books, digital media, digital vs. print, future of books, getting kids to read, kid lit, kindle, raising a reader  
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An unusual introduction to Native American YA lit

Here's a rather unusual introduction to Native American literature for young adults, with plenty of interesting titles and surprising facts.

By Valerie Strauss  | September 10, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Literature, Reading  | Tags:  Sherman Alexie, absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian, alexie sherman, john irving, joseph bruchac, native american literature, native american young adult literature, project letters, the world according to garp, ya literature, young adult literature  
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How 'Twilight,' other dark fiction affect teen brains

Scientists, authors and education experts are meeting this weekend at Cambridge University to investigate how fiction with dark themes, such as the "Twilight" saga and the "Harry Potter" series, affects and alters the teenage brain. Here's a Q&A with the conference organizer, who talks about what parents can/should do about it.

By Valerie Strauss  | September 4, 2010; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Literature, Reading, Research  | Tags:  altering teen mind, brain research, cambridge university conference, dark themes in young adult literature, edward cullen, effects on teen brains, emergent adult, emergent adult conference, harry potter and twilight, his dark materials, how teen brains are affected by reading, neuroscience and teenage brain, teenage brain, themes in YA lit, twilight, twilight and teen mind, twilight saga, young adult literature  
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Older Entries in This Category »

The education of 'Twilight's' Edward Cullen , Valerie Strauss , July 16, 2010
Why ‘Mockingbird’ has been challenged, Valerie Strauss , July 11, 2010
The story behind ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, Valerie Strauss , July 11, 2010
"Twilight" on 2009 Most Challenged Books list, Valerie Strauss , April 16, 2010
Wiesel's 'Night,' 'Hamlet' in 60 seconds? , Valerie Strauss , March 5, 2010
Fairfax County schools reject book challenges, Valerie Strauss , February 4, 2010
'The Diary of Anne Frank' and parental book complaints, Valerie Strauss , February 1, 2010
Taking Anne Frank off shelves: Indefensible, Valerie Strauss , January 28, 2010
 
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