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July 17, 2013



I still remember the first time I read the part about Falada. I was staying up late and was probably supposed to be asleep, but couldn't put the book down. The moment chilled me. But it was realistic, even though it was a great loss, and so I think it made the story become even more alive. Now, reading it years later, having been through more experiences, Falada's death is even more true... sometimes sorrow shapes us just as much as happiness does, and I don't think Ani would be the same person at the end of the book if she didn't have to lose her dear friend.


Oh, Falada! I was horrified, but, at the same time, that may have been when I fell in love with the book. Not because I wanted Falada to die, not at all, at all, at all, but it made me realize that the author wasn't scared to do what she felt was best for the story. And that was good.

English classes and English papers. Sigh. It's funny; I'm an author that weaves theme into my story--once I've written a bunch of words and found out what the theme is--but I hope students are never forced to analyze it. Or, if they are, I fervently hope they're able to enjoy it. :) Yours would be a joy to analyze, for sure, Shannon. :)


Sorry, me again. Do you ever find yourself in the trap of overusing and abusing the same words or phrases? If so, do you have tips on how to avoid it or fix it? I don't think my poor, beleaguered thesaurus is any longer up for the task.


can we do this every summer?

Heather Hejduk

My dad still likes to tell the story of when he was in an English class and the teacher had them find all sorts of symbolism and what not in Lord of the Flies. Then they read an interview with the author and it was clear that he had not set out to create those symbols, but thought it was pretty neat that they could all be found in there. I think those are the best books. The ones that mean something and teach something to people even if the author didn't intend it that way. They were just writing a story.

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