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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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New Bedford Boys and Girls Club

I just got back from a nice event in New Bedford, Massachusetts. I flew into Boston, my first time in the city . . . well, unless you count driving through it twenty-one years ago on our honeymoon. Boston is a beautiful city. The weather was warm and sunny, a nice change from blistering humid…

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The Titan’s Curse Cover!

I just received this from Hyperion: A first look at The Titan’s Curse cover, as it would appear next to the other books in the series. I think it looks pretty amazing! There may be a few minor tweaks, but this is very close to what the final cover will look like when it hits…

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Boys at School

Becky came across an interesting article on educating boys from The Independent in the UK. The problems are almost identical to what we face here in the US. It’s very interesting to me how much more “gender-aware” education has become since I began teaching. We’ve made excellent strides addressing the educational needs of girls (though…

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Percy Jackson in Spanish!

One of the questions I get asked the most, especially by students in Texas, is whether Percy Jackson is available in Spanish. I’m pleased to report that at last it is, thanks to Salamandra Publishers of Spain (http://www.salamandra.info/). I just learned this today, thanks to an email from a Spanish fan. I don’t have any…

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Demigod of the Week

Christine in the UK has created The Blue Trident, a Percy Jackson fan website. You can check it out at: http://www.freewebs.com/bluetrident/. Thanks, Christine!

Rick’s recent reads

One of the nice things about travel is that it gives me time to read. Below are some of my recent discoveries that kept me entertained on my trip to England. James Sallis, Drive. This is an adult mystery novel, a perfect example of noir fiction. It’s only about 150 pages long, but Sallis really…

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