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Translating Tolkien: Language and Literature

When J.R.R. Tolkien was creating Middle Earth, he decided to build his world upon language. He used his knowledge as a philologist and his familiarity with over twenty languages to create unique languages for his races, and then to craft each people’s stories around those languages. 356 more words

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Top Books I Discovered from Required School Reading

This Wednesday, Krysta wrote about the pros and cons of required reading in schools. She noted that we all have horror stories of immensely dull novels we had to read for class, but also asked: what about the required reading we loved? 494 more words

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Discussion Post: Should We Have Required Reading in Schools?

Every now and then an article pops up questioning the value of required reading in schools.  Children don’t want to do it, they say.  They hate the books.   1,154 more words

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RE: Sexism, Twitter and Giant Insects

One last thing on the whole Andrew Smith fiasco.  Maggie Stiefvater said it best on twitter.

I wasn't going to weigh in on the A. Smith interview because I thought he made a single naively sexist comment—annoying, but whatever.

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Advice for Reading Middle English Literature (in Middle English)

A while ago, Stephanie asked us to guest post on her blog with advice for reading the work of J.R.R. Tolkien.  It occurs to me (perhaps because Tolkien was a medievalist), that a post on reading Middle English Literature might also be useful.  543 more words

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Sexism, Twitter and Giant Insects

Author Andrew Smith is having a good year. His last book, Grasshopper Jungle, won a Printz Honor and he’s been getting good reviews on his new book, … 746 more words

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Bookish Gossip: How do you rate a book?

At the moment I feel like I have no idea how to rate a book. Should it be 4* or 3*? What happens when it is that in-between book, when it fits perfectly in the middle? 282 more words

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