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Meet the Teacher: Scott Guldin

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I always feel so privileged to read students' work. It inspires me. 

Staff Review
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M. T. Anderson
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017

Well, that was cheerful and uplifting.

Er, no, that's not quite right. More like bleak, biting, and darkly satirical.

And far too real.

Though science fiction set in a near future, this is all about living at the lowest levels of the global economy, subject to extremes of imperialism, inequality, ethnocentrism, co-option, and poverty. It's an exploration of the dark sides of economic and cultural power. It's just that in this case it's the humans of Earth who have been colonized.

Staff Review
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E. K. Johnston
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Oct 16, 2017

I despised cheerleaders when I was a teenager. They were the ones who bullied my outcast friends and me. They were so—well—cheery. Didn't they notice that the world all around us is falling apart? I’m much older and somewhat wiser now, so I understand that it’s dumb to assume that all members of a group of people are the same. I comprehend that just because the particular cheerleaders I knew in high school were mean doesn't mean that all cheerleaders are mean. I mean, I try to stay open-minded. Still, cheerleaders. Blech. How superficial, boring, and dumb.  

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Meet the Teacher: Jeff Dierking

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I think that reading the thoughtful, skillful, and insanely creative output of students like mine has really inspired me to help my students see themselves as capable of that sort of brilliance.

Staff Review
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Julie Murphy
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Tuesday, Sep 5, 2017

Hurricane Harvey in the news raises the relevance of this novel to a category five. The fact that we're bringing Julie Murphy--one of the best contemporary realistic fiction authors in the country--to town for a Meet the Author visit means you must put this book on your radar. I listened to the audio version. It's fantastic. The narrator is a perfect fit for Ramona's voice.

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Meet the Teacher: Deirdre Zongker

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"Working with Lynda Barry changed everyone’s lives, but most of all mine. I was inspired to read her works and incorporate her ideas to inspire creativity into all of my classes."

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