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Pearson’s new poetry guides

| September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
Pearson’s new poetry guides

Title: X-kit Achieve! Literature Study Guides for Grade 12 Prescribed Poetry (English Home Language) Authors: Mignon Gulbrandsen and Glynis Lloyd Publisher: Pearson South Africa ISBN: 978-1-776-10164-1 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers “Hot off the press” is how Camilla Costa, market specialist: schools for Pearson South Africa describes the company’s X-kit Achieve! Literature Study Guides for […]

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Young adult literature: what does it all mean?

| September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
Young adult literature: what does it all mean?

Title: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index Author: Julie Israel Publisher: Penguin Books ISBN: 978-0-141-37642-4 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index (JLHI), by Julie Israel, can serve as a fantastic teaching and learning tool for high school English teachers and librarians and all their more senior students.   It’s this student cohort that publishers […]

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The real debate about 13 Reasons Why

| September 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
The real debate about 13 Reasons Why

BY JACQUELINE AITCHISON The latest flashing red, hot-button phenomenon that has teenagers – and their parents – huddling in groups over iPads, laptops and phones worldwide, is the Netflix1 series 13 Reasons Why It’s all about teen depression, bullying, rape and suicide, and is based on the novel of the same title by Jay Asher.2 […]

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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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