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The Great Home School Experiment

Two weeks ago, we officially took the plunge. After a year of thought and planning (and a fair amount of worrying) we began home-schooling our older son, Haley. For those who don’t know the background, Haley is now eleven. When he was in second grade, he was diagnosed with borderline dyslexia and ADHD. It was…

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Camp Half-Blood in Colorado

I get many emails from kids around the world asking if I can open a branch of Camp Half-Blood in their area. After the great success of the Austin camp last summer (thanks to Topher Bradfield and Bookpeople) interest in the idea is definitely building. I just found out that Hillary Davis, children’s librarian of…

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Haley’s Recent Reads

My son Haley, eleven years old, offers his opinion on his most recent read, Terry Pratchet’s A Hat Full of Sky. A Hat Full of Sky Review by Haley Riordan If you are into comedy and magic A Hat Full of Sky is a book for you. The story is about a girl named Tiffany…

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The Perils of Proofreading

Oh, the joys of editing! One of my wife’s pet peeves is when people complain about errors in my books. Not as if Becky and I don’t complain about typos, too, when we’re reading novels. Errors are annoying, and they can pull the reader out of an enjoyable story. Still, Becky just hates it when…

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Does a Teacher’s Gender Affect Learning?

This was posted by the AP today — a controversial but fascinating study that suggests boys learn more from men, while girls learn more from women. Certainly this is open for a great deal of debate, but it’s at least food for thought. When I was in the classroom, I was very aware of being…

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The Newbery Post

I’ve gotten more emails about my previous post, Patrick’s Summer Reading Blues, than any post I’ve ever done. It seems I touched a nerve! The responses ranged from “You’re being too harsh on Newbery books” to “I can’t believe you had the courage to say something about the Newbery. Thank you!” Several simply said, “Amen!”…

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New Warnings for ADHD Medication

This was in the news this morning. While none of this information is new, it will be interesting to see if fresh warning labels change people’s perception of ADHD medication. My feelings about these drugs are ambivalent. On the one hand, I’ve done a lot of research, gone to a lot of workshops, and heard…

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Demigod of the Week

I want to send a shout-out to Elior, our demigod of the week from Israel. Elior emailed several months ago after he finished The Lightning Thief. He told me he was having trouble finding The Sea of Monsters, because most of the bookstores in Israel carry a limited supply of children’s fantasy in English, and…

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Patrick’s Summer Reading Blues

My younger son Patrick went back to school this week. He was not exactly thrilled, but he’s a good student and does well once he gets back into the classroom. His one big gripe: the summer reading assignment. I’m sure many parents are familiar with the dreaded summer reading assignment. This year, Patrick was asked…

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Rick’s recent reads

I’ve been reading a surprising amount of “grown-up” books lately. It’s kind of nice to go back and forth between YA and adult. Some of the most recent titles I’ve read: Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner. Okay, so it takes me a while to get to titles everyone else has read. This was a very quick…

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