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Here’s Alice!

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Here’s Alice!

Title: Life According to… Alice B. Lovely Author: Karen McCombie Publisher: Scholastic ISBN: 978-1407158488 Thirteen-year-old Edie knows that she doesn’t need a nanny.  She’s old enough to look after herself, and her six-year-old brother Stan. Between them, they’ve managed to scare off nearlyeveryone their parents hired to take care of them. So, when a girl of just 16 starts looking […]

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Juta jumps in to teach young readers about environmental issues

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Juta jumps in to teach young readers about environmental issues

Title: Facto and the Flixies Author: Danie Schreuder Publisher: Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd ISBN: 9781485122609 Reviewed by: Fiona de Villiers It’s great to see that publishing giants such as Juta are producing story books about environmental awareness for the very young. I read Facto and the Flixies (FF) by Danie Schreuder, one of a series of little […]

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Big business moves into schools down under

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Big business moves into schools down under

In July 2017, the conference of the New South Wales Teachers’ Federation which represents the rights of over 70 000 teachers in New South Wales was held at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, Australia. On day three of the conference, a controversial study, entitled “Commercialisation in Public Schooling (CIP): An Australian Study”, was released to delegates. The study reveals […]

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Going big to catch a betrayer

| November 17, 2017 | 0 Comments
Going big to catch a betrayer

The story of Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who hid with her family from the Nazis in Amsterdam in the Netherlands during World War 2 and documented her short life in a diary, has fascinated generations of readers. The fact that the Franks were betrayed and sent to the death camps in 1944 is a compelling part […]

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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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