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Readings from a book lover, teacher, teacher-librarian-in-training.

Des lectures d'un bibliophile, enseignante, enseignante-bibliothécaire en formation.

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Fic: Why Fanfiction is Taking Over the World
Lev Grossman, Tiffany Reisz, Rachel Caine, Jen Zern, Heidi Tandy, Rukmini Pande, Samira Nadkarni, Wendy C. Fries, Jolie Fontenot, Randi Flanagan, Tish Beaty, Cyndy Aleo, Christina Lauren, V. Arrow, Brad Bell, Andrew Shaffer, Darren Wershler, Anne Jamison, Jules Wilkinson, R
Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities
Chris Kluwe
Frozen Heat
Richard Castle
Fatty Legs - Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, Liz Amini-Holmes

My biggest reaction to the book was one of helplessness.  I found that reading about Olemaun's disbelief at the experiences of her parents and sister as they tried to dissuade her from wanting to go to residential school, and knowing the reality that she would find when she got there from my own previous knowledge about residential schools was like watching a horror film.  You know the scene where the girl is running from the murderer in the forest at night and decides to seek refuge in the abandoned cabin?  How you want to scream at the screen that it's not safe?  to keep running?  But knowing that it won't matter and she'll die anyway?  That.

 

Some people won't like the scrapbook feel to the book with its photographs, annotations, and appendix.  Personally, I went through and pretty much read all the marginalia, photos, and extra material at the back first before I started the narrative.  I've pretty much always done that when I read texts like this one with a variety of approaches to communicating information.  And I find if I've read the vocabularly, for instance, before I encounter it in the narrative that it 1) allows me to predict with more confidence as I read and 2) allows my reading to flow with less interruption/confusion about unknown words.