A 12-year- old once told me, “I love big words. They taste delicious.” I couldn’t agree more, but I am not as discerning. I love all words. I love the power of words and the difference just the right one can make in a story. So, let me help you with any writing or editing projects you have. I’ll help you find the most delicious words.
The Mexican American Studies (MAS) program in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) had been a real success story.
Ninety-seven percent of students participating in the program graduated from high school, compared to 44 percent nationally, and 70 percent entered college compared to 24 percent nationally. Students scored higher on the AIMS (Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards) test compared to other Hispanic students who did not take the classes.
The reasons to reduce oil consumption, from climate change and national security, have existed for 30 years. And yet, in all that time Americans have neither substantially reduced the amount consumed nor meaningfully shifted to alternative fuels. Why is that? asks law professor Joshua Fershee, who teaches courses in energy law and public policy at the University of North Dakota
Sharon Flake “writes about hope in hard places,” she says. Flake, author of seven books, including two collections of short stories, writes primarily about African-American teens struggling with identity, relationships and perseverance – issues that resonate with readers of all ages and backgrounds. Her first YA novel, The Skin I’m In, was published in 1998, and won the Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe Award for New Talent.
Whether it’s his son’s preference for meat over vegetables or the relative basketball skills of a high school player and Shaquille O’Neal, Yong-Su Jin loves to use analogies. And as his work gains a wider audience, those analogies come in handy when speaking to people far beyond the reaches of the IGB.
Every bookshelf in Teri Lesesne’s office is double packed. Books spill out of a shelving cart near her desk, which is also buried in books. And that doesn’t even count the audio books and ebooks she regularly digs into.
Lesesne (it rhymes with “insane,” she says) doesn’t remember a time she wasn’t in love with books. But it was not until she became a teacher and met her first reluctant readers that she discovered the young adult (YA) genre.