Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Glen Ellyn School District Lifts Its Ban on 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'

From NBC Chicago: Glen Ellyn Lifts Ban on "Wallflower" Book

"No book is right for every student. Classroom libraries serve a unique and important role by offering students reading choices according to their own interests, experiences, and family values. Parents are free to supervise what their children select and request an alternative if they object to a particular book. However, removing a book restricts the rights of other students and parents who may want their children to be able to read books such as 'Perks' with the benefit of a teacher‟s guidance." -from a letter from the National Coalition Against Censorship 

This article explains how the brouhaha started and ends with what I think is a perfect quote from one of the parents of a student in the school district:

"'It was really touching to hear the kids have such passion for the book,' Blyth said. 'Personally, I think books are a pretty safe way to encounter some of life's more difficult situations.'"

Saturday, June 8, 2013

I Write Like

This is something fun to play around with, courtesy of my friend Jeanine Vaughn. Copy and paste a bit of sample text, and see which famous writer's writing your prose resembles! I pasted in two different writing samples and got Stephen King and Margaret Atwood.

Analyze your writing at I Write Like

I write like
Margaret Atwood
I Write Like. Analyze your writing!