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The City of Ember (Books of Ember)
The City of Ember (Books of Ember)
by Jeanne DuPrau
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was a fun read., July 27, 2014
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Ember is a city where the sun never rises. No one has ever been to another city. Are there any other cities of humans in the world? Supplies are running slim, but no one has any solution.

Adults don't seem to be helping much, so it's up to a few kids to investigate the origins and building of this unique city and find a way to save everyone. But the mayor doesn't want them snooping around where they shouldn't be. In order to solve the mystery they have to scheme and plot and stay up past their bedtimes. It was a fun read.


Teaching with Love & Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom
Teaching with Love & Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom
by Jim Fay
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great philosophy for classroom management that can be employed by ..., July 27, 2014
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This is a great philosophy for classroom management that can be employed by any teacher k-12, or even in parenting. That said, it is probably more relevant for teachers of students grades 1-8, since that's where most examples are taken.

The goal of the book is to provide an approach to managing behavior that is less stressful for all involved, more successful, and does not harm the teacher-student relationship. The basic philosophy is that students need guidance in order to identify their own problematic behavior, and when provided with this guidance they learn to participate in solving their own problems.

Each chapter of the book introduces a guiding principle, which is explained and then backed up with examples and dialogues between student and teacher.

My only criticism is that there is a lack of examples involving older (grades 9-12) students.


Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards)
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards)
by Scott Lynch
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoyed the first book in the Gentlemen Bastards series (The ..., July 27, 2014
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If you enjoyed the first book in the Gentlemen Bastards series (The Lies...), then expect more of the same from this book. The same razor-sharp wit, punctuated by colorful language and hyphenated obscenities had me laughing out loud, drawing stares from people in coffee shops.

The two Gentlemen Bastards find themselves in the city of Tal Verrar, where they waste no time getting involved in a heist involving high stakes gambling and an uncrackable vault. Things are complicated by a powerful person, however, and soon the Locke and Jean find themselves wrapped up between the wills of four dangerous and powerful people. Will they make it out alive? Probably, since there's another book in the series.

There are many tense dialogues between Jean, Locke and their enemies--every time they encountered one another, I would think, "Man, there's no way he's getting out of this," but Locke and Jean show off their cunning ability to twist and turn the truth to their benefit.

One criticism of the novel might be that it doesn't seem to advance characterization or the overall plot of the series much. It seems to me you could go right from book 1 to 3 in the series without reading this one (but why would you want to miss out on this one--it's so much fun!). It certainly shows more of the politics and economics of the world they live in, and maybe some of the people and stories in Tal Verrar will be in play later in the series.


The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2)
The Wise Man's Fear (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2)
by Patrick Rothfuss
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars if you enjoyed Name., July 26, 2014
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Well, if you enjoyed Name..., then you will enjoy this enthralling sequel.

Rothfuss' witty prose continues--his style pops and jumps and catches you off guard. Kvothe has a note of humor in his voice that is thoroughly entertaining, but doesn't dissolve any of the seriousness of the world or the story.

The novel continues its many-genre-combining nature, including legal problems, love complications, a light military operation, martial arts, research into the Amyr, and of course further description of the mathematical and philosophical magic system.

I expect some might be critical of some things. One: the plot structure is irregular. So what? If you want formula fiction, look elsewhere. Two: I guess I can't talk about number two without spoiling the plot.


Cooperative Learning and Science: High School Activites
Cooperative Learning and Science: High School Activites
by Michael Michels
Edition: Paperback
Price: $32.30
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worksheets, Nothing New, November 13, 2012
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The worksheets in the book are very handy if you are new to teaching middle school and early high school science. That said...if you're looking for creative cooperative learning activities, look elsewhere.

I am an experienced science teacher, and based on the description of the book, was hoping for some creative activities to try with my class. This book basically takes questions you might find in typical science texts, puts them on a worksheet, and tells students to work on them in groups. That's it.


Move
Move
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gipsy Music Lives On, July 18, 2007
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Bireli Lagrene has worked with other talented musicians in his group to create a very lively album. Lagrene's style has been heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt, and in this album you can hear Django-esc melodies mixed with Lagrene's quick, jazzy improvisation on guitar.

I was really impressed with Lagrene's single note improvisation mixed in with the heavy acoustic chords. He's not just showing off his dexterity, he has a definite style that fits well with the rest of his band.


Making Out in Japanese Phrase Book, Revised Edition
Making Out in Japanese Phrase Book, Revised Edition
by Todd Geers
Edition: Paperback
Price: $6.88
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The missing link in your Japanese conversation ability, March 23, 2006
I strongly recommend this book to the Japanese learner who is somewhat advanced (JLPT level 3 or stronger ability), and who wants to improve their conversation ability. And pick up chicks.

Yes, there are good lines to use on women (or men), and most of them are not out of date slang or anything. Personally, I'm not one of the foreigners in Japan that lurks in the dark corners of bars, but I've found the book extremely helpful in filling in the gaps of my textbook Japanese knowledge. The book doesn't actually focus on cheesy lines for getting a date--there's useful expressions for all walks of daily life.

However, if you are a novice Japanese learner, or have studied less than a year, I really do not recommend picking up the book just yet. The book just has lines that help you start conversations, slang you otherwise wouldn't know, or fill in awkward pauses.


The Sum of All Men (The Runelords, Book One:)
The Sum of All Men (The Runelords, Book One:)
by David Farland
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $8.99
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cliche, but fresh spin, June 16, 2003
Yeah, like most epic/high fantasy this novel sports the 'ol Evilrulertakingovertheworldandcanonlybestoppedbylonefarmboy storyline, but Farland (which is NOT his real name) does introduce a novel social system. "Endowments" may be given to a "Runelord" by a peon, which leads to superhuman ability (like neo in "The Matrix"). The peon becomes a "dedicate" that wastes away in bed. This leads to fresh problems and gives rise to fresh moral questions.
The plot: brilliantly revealed. New twists all the time.
The characters: so so. There isn't a whole lot of depth to any character, and the weak spot of Farland's writing armor is depicting emotion. So it's hard to get attached to any one character.
Farland should read up on Shakespeare or watch "Friends" or something to learn what it means to twang the old heart strings.


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