Gimbling in the Wabe – On Children and Censorship

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Okay, so…. I know my memory isn’t what it should be.  But I can’t remember ever – not once – being told that I couldn’t read a particular book.  That it wasn’t appropriate, or had unsuitable content.  Not from a teacher, a parent, a librarian.  Not when I was young, certainly not when I got [….]

LitStack Review: Oddly Normal by John Schwartz

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Oddly Normal: One Family’s Struggle to Help Their Teenage Son Come to Terms with His Sexuality John Schwartz Penguin Group (USA) LLC Release Date:  November 8, 2012 ISBN:  978-15-924-0728-6 John Schwartz, national correspondent for The New York Times, is also the father of three children.  His youngest, Joseph, was intelligent with an amazing grasp of [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – In Reflection After Thanksgiving

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We have a pretty no frills Thanksgiving tradition in my household.  Every year, the family (as many of us as can pull away) loads into the car and we drive about four hours from our house in Minneapolis down to Boone, Iowa.  We usually take a lot of the “peripherals”:  dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, 2 [….]

'Robopocalypse' Asked to be Removed from High School Reading List

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From i09: Every now and then, a parent complains about their child being exposed to a science fiction book that contains challenging ideas or language — most notoriously, last year there was the whole kerfuffle over Ender’s Game. But the latest outcry is over what might be the most unexpected text of them all: Robopocalypse, [….]

THE WINTERS IN BLOOM by Lisa Tucker

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The Winters in Bloom A Novel by Lisa Tucker Atria Books September 13, 2011 ▬ᴥ▬ The epigraph that opens The Winters in Bloom, by Lisa Tucker, fits the novel perfectly:  T. S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding,” Four Quartets, arriving where you’ve begun to “know the place for the first time.” The novel is about so many [….]