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“Nice girls” are the new YouTube heroines

“Nice girls” are the new YouTube heroines

YouTube has created a new global heroine and anti-bullying spokesperson in 13-year-old American student, JoJo Siwa. Her signature accessory is a giant colourful hair bow, and her hit video is called “Boomerang”. It’s all about not letting the “mean girls” get you down, and it’s received more than 200 million views. She’s recently signed a […]

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Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why Author: Jay Asher Distributed in South Africa by Van Schaik Bookstores ISBN: 978014138772 You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret… is to press play. Clay Jensen returns home from school one day to find a mysterious box with his name on […]

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Thembi’s New Friend, Thembi and her Big School Project, Thembi’s Big News

Thembi’s New Friend, Thembi and her Big School Project, Thembi’s Big News

Title: Thembi’s New Friend, Thembi and her Big School Project, Thembi’s Big News Author: Verusia Bernard Published by: Ukuphumelela Consultancy, distributed by: Pelmo Books ISBN: 978-0-620-69409-4 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers It’s been a while since I’ve spotted worthwhile resources for primary school children about HIV/Aids and other related issues. Verusia Bernard, who recently completed […]

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How to make a new nation

How to make a new nation

Title: Alexander Hamilton Author: Ron Chernow Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd ISBN: 978-0143034759 Reviewed by: David Lea While many Broadway musicals have become huge, enduring hits, it is unprecedented for a popular stage show to be performed exclusively in rap and to be inspired by, and based on, an academic biography of a not very well-known […]

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Graad 7 Werkboek: Woema

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
Graad 7 Werkboek: Woema

Title: Graad 7 Werkboek: Woema Afrikaans Eerste Addisionele Taal Authors: Cecile Smith and Kara Smith ISBN: 9780992241322 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers Pikkie Publications is one of South Africa’s textbook publishers that understands how to make mastering a second language easy. At the same time, Pikkie makes the job of teaching Afrikaans less daunting for […]

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The Night of the Go-Away Birds

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Night of the Go-Away Birds

Title: The Night of the Go-Away Birds Author: Bridget Pitt Published by: Pearson Marang ISBN: 9780636200517 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers The Night of the Go-Away Birds was a Maskew Miller Longman Literature Award winner in 2015. Its accomplished author, Bridget Pitt (her writing experience includes newspapers, educational material, school textbooks, poetry and fiction) was […]

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The Lotterys Plus One

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Lotterys Plus One

Title: The Lotterys Plus One Author: Emma Donoghue Publisher: HarperCollins (Available at all Van Schaik bookstores across South Africa) ISBN: 978-0-545-92581-5 Reviewed by: Fran Thorndike The Lotterys, a family very much of our century, star in this story about the true meaning of acceptance and belonging. A riotously, exuberantly loving clan of four parents and […]

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Accounting Handbook and Study Guide: A Comprehensive Accounting Reference Book

| November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
Accounting Handbook and Study Guide: A Comprehensive Accounting Reference Book

Author: Simeon Mantel Publisher: Berlut Books ISBN: 978-0-620-32589-9 Reviewed by: Beryl Lutrin The Accounting Handbook and Study Guide: A Comprehensive Accounting Reference Book by Simeon Mantel was published by Berlut Books in July 2016. It is part of the Berlut Books Handbook and Study Guide Series and follows in the footsteps of the popular English, […]

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What have the Romans ever done for us…?

| November 21, 2016 | 0 Comments
What have the Romans ever done for us…?

Title: Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the House of Caesar Author: Tom Holland Publisher: Anchor Books ISBN: 978-0345806727 Title: SPQR – A History of Ancient Rome Author: Mary Beard Publisher: Profile Books ISBN: 978-1846683800 Reviewed by: David Lea It’s been many years since a good grounding in “the classics” was a prerequisite of being […]

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Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

Title: Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age Author: William Powers Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers ISBN: 978-1-921640-78-0 This book is about a yearning and a need. It’s about finding a quiet, spacious place where the mind can wander free. We all know what that place feels like, and […]

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Journeys Common Core

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Journeys Common Core

Title: Journeys C ommon C ore: C atholic Identity Edition Authors: James F. Baumann, David J. Chard, Jamal Cooks, J. David Cooper, Russell Gersten, Marjorie Lipson, Lesley Mandel Morrow, John J. Pikulski, Hector H. Rivera, Mabel Rivera, Shane Templeton, Sheila W. Valencia, Catherine Valentino, MaryEllen Vogt, Irene Fountas Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company ISBN: […]

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