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The fast-paced plot kept me so hooked that I read the whole book in one weekend, which is something I haven't done for a while. I even missed my favourite TV show so I could keep reading. Gotta love an addictive story! There were a few events in the story that struck me as a little too convenient and I also spotted a handful of typos, but neither of these issues were enough to make a big impact on my overall enjoyment of the book.

One of the aspects I enjoyed most about 15 Minutes was the complicated relationship Lara had with her parents. The author does a great job of showing that everyone has faults and makes mistakes, but that love and respect for one another will help see you through the most challenging situations.

I'd recommend 15 Minutes to anyone who enjoys fast-paced young adult fiction and likes themes of family, trust and the big What If? Jun 21, Laura Pauling rated it it was amazing. I absolutely loved this book. Of course, I love time travel and Inception-like books and movies, so when I read the premise, I knew I had to read it. I started and finished it all in the same day.

I didn't plan to, but I absolutely couldn't put it down. Jill Cooper does an amazing job starting the story with a simple premise: Lara goes back in time for 15 minutes to save her mom's life. She returns to a completely different life, even though she knew there was always that risk. Every chapte I absolutely loved this book.

Every chapter, some new secret or clue or twist is introduced. And sometimes it didn't come into play later. The whole storyline is pretty cool. But as each twist happens, I realized that what was happening was anything but simple. But, I was never confused. I just couldn't stop reading. I had to know what happened next. Lara was a believable character and I loved the relationships in her life, with her family and her boyfriend in her new world, Donovan.

I never saw anything coming and didn't know what was going to happen next until it did. Dec 13, Sara rated it really liked it Shelves: This was fast paced, time travel mystery with a lot of surprises. And then it has the nerve to end with something that had me screaming "what does it mean!

Recensione a cura di Blue per Feel The Book Chi non vorrebbe viaggiare nel tempo e poter cambiare qualcosa, rivedere qualcuno che amiamo o rivivere un momento preciso? Editing recensione a cura di Lilith per Feel The Book Jun 14, Graeme Ing rated it it was amazing Shelves: Super time travel story. Cooper does an excellent job managing multiple time streams. Well done, and not confusing.

Great character development, particularly showing how her time travel exploits affect the main character, how the time lines mix together in her mind, how she resolves the dramatical differences between them. At the heart of the story though are the foundations of family and love - what happens when your very family is different in the other time stream, and you end up loving anoth Super time travel story.

At the heart of the story though are the foundations of family and love - what happens when your very family is different in the other time stream, and you end up loving another guy instead? It reads like a thriller, with a great political and ethical background to time travel, one that I'm sure is going to play out across the entire series. There are nods here to great movies like: Bill and Ted, Inception and Edge of Tomorrow, and Cooper handles how your actions in the past affect the future very well.

When Lara Crane decides to travel back in time and save her mum from being killed, she sets off a chain reaction in the present and future. This was a good YA book, in the same vein as the film Frequency. Yes, you could pick holes in the plot, but why bother when it is this entertaining. Suspend your disbelief and just enjoy. Sep 12, Sabrina Olteanu rated it it was amazing. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

The suspense in this book made me to stay still, I didn't even moved a muscle until I finished reading the book. I can easily say, Jill Cooper knows how to write an incredible book. We meet Lara Crane, a beautiful young women, with a sad past. Her mother was killed ten years ago in a terrible mugging, I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. Her mother was killed ten years ago in a terrible mugging, and since then, Lara was raised by her father. But, she gets the chance to save her.

A company sells 15 minutes into the past and Lara wants this chance. She knows it's an one and only thing. So, Lara has 15 minutes to go into the past and save her mother from that shot. She goes back into time, saves her mother by jumping in front of the bullet. The problem is she really does save her mother, but she thinks when she wakes up everything will be the same.

She has a new step-dad, two siblings: The worst part, her old boyfriend Rick barely knows her and he isn't the old boyfriend she knew. She hates her new life, hates that she is surrounded by people that look like her, but they are strangers. She has her mother back, but things changed too much. The big issue is, she has to figure out who framed her dad to get in him out of jail, so Lara could try and change everything back to normal. The story really intrigued me right from the start. She makes mistakes but she owns up to them, fights for them so things will end the way it supposed to be.

The love triangle, to say so, really made my head spin. Rick isn't introduce properly at the beginning of the book, we get to know him better after Lara saves her mother and everything changes. Lara sees Rick different, and all her thoughts become a little blurred, because she is different as well. Donovan on the other hand, we get to meet him, to see the way he loves her and Lara is indeed in love with him as well. I think I liked Donovan a lot more. First of all I have to say the characters were well build, and the fast paced story really did the trick.

As I said earlier, I couldn't put down the book because something new always happened and I wanted to know more. I highly recommend 15 Minutes to everyone! You wont regret reading it! Jul 06, Katie rated it really liked it. Well, this is definitely a mysterious, suspenseful thriller with full on action and adventure; and of course a little romance to boot. I really enjoyed the writing style of Ms Cooper and will certainly pick up another one of her books.

All the characters are strong and complex. Lara Crane is an ordinary teenager, although her Mother was shot and killed when she was younger, so therefore she lives with j Well, this is definitely a mysterious, suspenseful thriller with full on action and adventure; and of course a little romance to boot.

Lara Crane is an ordinary teenager, although her Mother was shot and killed when she was younger, so therefore she lives with just her Dad, John. There is new technology available that allows users to travel back in time to visit past memories. For her birthday, her Dad got her some sessions to visit memories that included her Mum.

Lara has a boyfriend, Rick and he is adamant that her idea is horrible. Rule number one in the time travel agency, Rewind is that you cannot change the past, the consequences would be enormous. But Lara only wants to save her Mum so they would be a family again and her Dad would be happy too. The other rule in Rewind is that you only have 15 minutes in the past before being taken back to the present. You appear as a hologram and cannot touch or change anything. Lara finds out she is different though, special, during her sessions she was able to touch, bump and speak to the people in her memories and that is when she makes her decision; she will save her Mother.

Determined to make her Father happy and herself, Lara changes the past! Waking up from her trip, Lara discovers that her changing the past has certainly changed the present. Waking in her bed in a mansion of a house in an expensive neighbourhood, Lara is excited to see her Mother again. Being a school day though, her Mother has already gone to work; so off to school she heads.

Things only get stranger. Lara starts receiving new memories from the present and during which bleeding noses and massive headaches arrive as well. The mystery only thickens when she arrives home from school and finds out she has a Step-Dad, plus twin siblings. Where is her paternal Father? Who are the men following Lara in black suits? Why is her Father in prison? Why is her Mother working at Rewind and experimenting on people illegally?

Who will Lara choose, Rick or Donovan? Lara wants to know why her Father is in prison, she is finding clues all around for her and the memories come in short bursts. She may need some more time jumping in order to save her family, herself and find the truth. I really enjoyed reading 15 Minutes and recommend this to time travel readers.

Feb 25, Britt rated it really liked it Shelves: Like, I really enjoyed how EVERYONE knew about time travel, it was a part of their lives, but I feel like the rules and exceptions should've been explained more because there were some parts that definitely left me really confused. I also feel like poor Mike was wiped out of existence for like, half the plot. I mean, yeah I know his twin played a bigger role, but he was a character too and shouldn't have been tossed 3. I mean, yeah I know his twin played a bigger role, but he was a character too and shouldn't have been tossed aside so often like he was.

So, yes, this book was decent Jul 07, Veronica of V's Reads rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lara has longed to know her mother for her whole life. She had been killed when Lara was a young girl. Her father did his best, but he was broken by the loss. They get by, and Lara's happy. For her 16th birthday, Lara's dad buys her a ten-trip package into her own past.

Lara jumps at the chance, visiting her past several times. She knows she's not supposed to change anything--in fact trippers CAN'T change anything--until Lar Lara has longed to know her mother for her whole life. She knows she's not supposed to change anything--in fact trippers CAN'T change anything--until Lara does. She thinks it's an accident, but soon recognizes her ability to alter the past is not a fluke. And now, she's going to save her mom.

Success is measured in doses. If one looked at the change in Lara's life after she saves her mom, to how it was before she interfered, one would say it was a toxic dose. Her beloved father is in prison accused of planning her mother's hit, and her mom is remarried to another man, Jax. Oh, and "new" Lara has siblings! She also has a new boyfriend--she traded up from "bad side of the tracks" Rick to uber-rich Donovan.

Jax is Lara's pro-forma parent, but was he involved in a setup to frame Lara's dad? The more Lara uncovers about her new life the fewer people she can trust--starting with her mom. Seems she's a diabolical scientist being perhaps manipulated by an old colleague. It's a twisty mess, that even Lara can't unravel by going back. Plus, the memories of her old life are crashing the memories of her new one, causing nosebleeds and crushing headaches as she suffers life-threatening traveling sickness. It's a worst-case Butterfly Effect scenario that Lara struggles to escape, without losing her grip on reality altogether.

I enjoyed the ride, watching Lara dip back and forth in her timeline to right wrongs and fix problems. Such a mess sorting through her broken house of cards! Lara is always playing from behind as she gets dropped into her new reality as if she lived it--and learns that she suspected an evil plot even when her life seemed idyllic. The breadcrumbs were scattered far and wide, yet, Lara picks them up and reassembles the original loaf, not without difficulty.

Once you give people access to your mind, you find that they can control you quite easily, as Lara soon learns. The end leaves everything managed, albeit not "back to normal"--mostly because Lara isn't normal, and her new, new life is the best she can manage. Maybe, just a little. Jul 04, Nicole Hewitt rated it really liked it Shelves: This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction Just as I'd hoped, 15 Minutes proved to be a time travel adventure with tons of twists and turns!

One thing that made this book different from other time travel books that I've read was the idea that Lara's memories from both versions of the past were converging. When she first changed her past, she only remembered her original life, but then she slowly started to gain memories from thi This review and many others can be found on my blog - Feed Your Fiction Addiction Just as I'd hoped, 15 Minutes proved to be a time travel adventure with tons of twists and turns!

When she first changed her past, she only remembered her original life, but then she slowly started to gain memories from this new version of herself. This caused her quite a bit of emotional confusion, especially where her relationships were concerned. She had conflicting feelings about people - some based on her original life, and some based on her changed past - and she wasn't sure which set of emotions to trust. She wanted her original life back in many ways, but then the relationships in her new life were compelling too once she started gaining her memories of them - it left her confused and torn, and made for a much more interesting story!

This book was action-packed right from the get-go. It takes off running and the pace never really slows down - Lara is in a constant race to fix the past and then to fix her "improved" version of the past. It doesn't take long for Lara to discover that everything is not as it should be in her new life - not just the fact that her life is different, but that this new version of her life is much more dangerous.

She has to unravel the truth in order to keep herself and her family safe. The twists and turns. There are some really interesting twists and turns throughout the book that keep you guessing. This is the type of book where you truly never know who Lara should trust or what's going to happen next! The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger - something that I pretty much saw coming based on what had already happened in the book.

I felt like the ending to this one was drawn out just a little bit and wished that I could have just gotten back to the meat of the story but I can't say much more than that. Still, I'm definitely wondering what will happen next! I didn't find myself being completely sold on either of the two boys that Lara is torn between, though I do think the guy she ended up with maybe? Feb 26, Jo rated it really liked it Shelves: What a wonderful novella!

Seeing her again was a punch in the gut. Lila now lives in New Orleans and some of her stude What a wonderful novella! And while I do recognize it, it feels different this time. Not better or worse, just different. View all 8 comments. Mar 04, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: And I was not disappointed. Lieutenant Asher Smith…yum…yum…and more yum. I simply want her. And then she falls into the lap of a sexy cop, has a life altering one night stand and…well, the rest, as they say, is history.

I loved seeing the changes in Lila…Asher brought out a different side to her, as did Casey, and it was truly fun seeing her blossom with them.

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He swallows hard and kisses down my jaw to my ear. It's like having the best of both worlds…since I just recently read Easy Love , it was refreshing seeing the events that I already knew happened from a different POV…plus the bed-breaking-sex that occurred was also a joy to read: Asher wore his heart on his sleeve for that girl and I was quickly and easily drawn in to the Asher-and-Lila bubble. I'll be honest, their relationship did progress quickly but it was effortless and worked for them and the flow of the story. Let me protect you. She hits every note perfectly…all the emotions…the sexiness…the swoony alpha male…the relatable heroine…add in just the right amount of tension and top it off with a blissfully wonderful HEA and it gets me every time.

View all 4 comments. Dec 28, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 7 comments. This book was bloody awful. Asher was such a piece of scum. I'm sorry but seriously it takes most lads years to move on and be with someone after their wives die, especially if they have kids to focus on. He felt no guilt or Oh gag. He felt no guilt or sadness over his wife. It made me sick. Seriously Lila finds out about what happened to his wife and he's all, meh shit happens I'm over it, I mean it's been like forever since she died.

Then after that lovely talk he proceeds to have sex with Lila, because, you know nothing makes him hornier than talking about how he's completely over the fact he view spoiler [got his wife murdered. I'm usually a fan of insta-love but here it made me want to gouge my eyes out. Also he was clearly going for father of the year award leaving his kid with a virtual stranger who has a serial killer after her.

Not that Lila knows she has a killer after her, because Asher didn't think she needed to be scared like that. Also he never introduces women to his daughter because he doesn't want to confuse her Which does that mean Lila isn't even the first woman he's had after his wife? Ewwww but it's okay he just knows this one night stand he's met like three times is totally the one. The suspense part was equally awful. The first time you meet the murderer he might as well have been wearing a T-Shirt saying "I'm the killer!

They didn't even try to protect the students in the class. Obviously the woman the man in charge of the investigation is screwing is more important than these kids getting their faces ripped off. The conclusion was seriously stupid. Asher is all overprotective the whole book wanting to keep her safe, then suddenly she's alright to go to her apartment alone because hey she's picking up lingerie to wear for him? View all 10 comments.

Apr 17, Claire Robinson rated it really liked it Shelves: Add in a little murder mystery, although I pegged who it was from their first introduction, it well written as usual. Altho 4 - "We broke the bed. Although I will say Asher was a little similar in his sexy talk and sexy preferences that he reminded me of Eli Boudreaux from Easy Love on a couple of occasions. Very sweet healing story. I was already invested with the sneak peek at their beginning in the previous story.

Then I had to jump in. Well it had a single dad who is amazing and a really sweet feisty heroine. One adorable little girl and some suspense. Yes it had one element i usually avoid view spoiler [ Dead spouse hide spoiler ] But for some reason I felt Kristen did a great job making me feel like these two belonged together.. Or rather these 3 with Casey being a little girl who needed Lila Very sweet healing story.

Or rather these 3 with Casey being a little girl who needed Lila in her life as much as Asher needed Lila. Very satisfying romantic read. Great novella to get over my reading slump. A romance with a little mystery but I find it predictable. This is a novella for With Me in Seattle.

So yes, you see characters from both series but this novella is truly about Asher and Lila; everything you need to know about them or those around them to love this story is http: So yes, you see characters from both series but this novella is truly about Asher and Lila; everything you need to know about them or those around them to love this story is explained in this book.

Lila Bailey is a college professor and Asher Smith is a police lieutenant and single father.

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The reader can instantly feel the attraction between Archer and Lila and they know that one night is not enough. For a short story, this book does a good job of developing more than just a sexual relationship; these characters open up to each other and learn to live in each others space; although forced to by the suspense aspect of this book. I do not want to say more about the plot as watching it unfold is more enjoyable. I will say I loved that the suspense element of this book did not overpower the romance or the developing relationship.

Proby for giving Asher and Casey a happy! Yes I hope that as the Boudreaux series develops, we might catch a glimpse or two of them again.

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Dec 20, RJ rated it it was ok Shelves: I think the problem with this one was that it's a novella trying to be a novel. It just felt hastily thrown together. All the events in this would have worked much better had they been fleshed out instead of them moving so fast and falling in love in days. I also didn't enjoy the suspense element in this.

It was predictable and way OTT. Spare me the evil guy spilling his guts in the end, I've seen that a million times before. In my opinion, instead of adding the "evil guy" conflict those pages s I think the problem with this one was that it's a novella trying to be a novel. In my opinion, instead of adding the "evil guy" conflict those pages should have been used to further Lila, Asher, and Casey's bond.

Oh and the biggest issue for me was Lila's complete stupidity. Grades are not more important than their fucking lives! That was her first stupid moment and after that she doesn't really redeem herself. Even later when Asher shows her the note the killer left with the last victim letting her know she is the target she refuses to go to Asher's house so he could protect her. And then we obviously couldn't have her thinking with her brain and using a little precaution in the end or we wouldn't have that climax. I haven't had time to read the first book in the Boudreaux series but I didn't feel lost at all jumping into this book.

Two people who meet my accident and share a passionate night are reunited and thrust back together when a murder investigation turns pers Slick's review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews Being a huge fan of Kristen Proby's With Me series I was all over Easy With You and I love that she tied the With Me series with her new Boudreaux Series, basically bridging them together.

Two people who meet my accident and share a passionate night are reunited and thrust back together when a murder investigation turns personal. From the romance angle I really loved this book; the chemistry between Lila Bailey and Asher Smith was immediate and undeniable. Months later they find themselves back together and realizing those feelings have only intensified. I appreciated that these two didn't play coy with one another; they both admit that they very much enjoyed their one night together and don't mind starting up again.

I love their mature relationship and the fact that they communicate very well with each other. I like that Asher has no problems introducing her to his family including his daughter and that Lila is happy to share her good friends with him as well. The fact that Lila immediately accepted Asher's daughter, Casey, and that they bonded easily was nice to see and made the fast pace of their relationship believable.

While the murder mystery part of this book was necessary for reconnecting these characters, it was a little weak but it didn't lessen my enjoyment of the story. I really love Asher's ex-partner from Seattle Matt Montgomery and his wife, Nicole coming for a visit and being there for them when things got a little tough. A little bit of Seattle, a little bit of New Orleans and a whole lot of sexy times made Easy With You one fantastic little story and an absolute brilliant way of connecting two highly popular and much loved series. Review copy provided for an honest review.

Aug 30, Big Joe Rossi rated it liked it. I love Kristen Proby and this series has been one of my favorites of all time. This book was good but it missed the mark for me. You, of all people. Precision of language, please! Examine the ironic implications in this dialogue. Remember that Jonas does adhere to "precision of language.

Consider how this might reflect a major turning point in Jonas's perception. What is the nature of experience? How similar to a memory is it? How does this make what happens at the end of the book ambiguous? Island of the Blue Dolphins. What is the significance of the title, Island of the Blue Dolphins? Consider the meaning of the content words.

Chapter 1, section 1 Read carefully this first incident in the book. What is the conflict for Karana at this point? How does she resolve the conflict? Is this predictive in any way of the conflict she will experience alone on the island? Chapter 1 section 2 Examine carefully Karana's movements in this brief section, where she is in relation to other components of the scene. This is a very dynamic scene. You wish to stage it for a movie, hence you must visualize it, noting what she tells us of her feeling during the scene.

What are the dynamics of the scene? What is the real reason they cannot remain on the island? And what is behind the men not allowing the women to continue hunting, even though they were successful? How are the two related and what will this have to do with Karana later? When the wild dogs kill Ramo, Karana sits all night with the body of her brother, thinking that she will kill all of the wild dogs, that she will have revenge? Yet later she adopts the leader of the pack and makes him her best friend.

Does the book approve of her choice? Be sure to consider the dynamics of revenge. Does this have any relation to her decision to burn the huts? The attempted flight from the island together with the return to it is a transforming experience for Karana. Contrast her attitude before leaving with her feelings when she returns What has happened to her? What is the author suggesting by this experience? At the end of chapter 24, Karana tells us of a shift in her relation to the animals of the island. In a way she considers how this shift would be received by her family, how she would have to respond to their expectations.

What is her shift? How does she imagine her family responding? Which members of the family? Can you relate this to her behavior in Chapter 1, when she wishes to see what is happening down on the beach? Consider Karana's farewell to the island at the end of the book. We could call this the dynamics of what? Compare this Karana with the Karana that begins the book. Roll of Thunder , Hear My Cry. Why has Taylor chosen this particular title?

Note on page the complete text. Although the book is about events in the 30s, it was written in the 70s. On pages the children are walking to school. This is the first day, and there are different responses from the children, most markedly between Little Man and Cassie. What is the dramatic purpose of this little scene? Remember that this is an interesting family dynamic, telling us something about Cassie that might be important for the book. The ownership of land looms large in this particular book.

Cassie tries to explain her father's response to the land as well as her own. She objects to her father's having to leave to work on the railroad. Read his explanation and her response to that on page 4.


Read carefully the paragraph beginning, "I looked at Papa. What does she not understand? Why does the author bring him in so early? Obviously he is to furnish a contrast by his behavior here. What is wrong with his behavior--in terms of a theme for the story? At first Stacey does not feel close to Mr. Then the incident of the fight at the Wallace store occurs. As a consequence, "the distance between them fad[Ed]. What does Stacey understand here? Morrison trying to make him understand? The younger children don't understand. Thus, age difference comes into play here.

Childish understanding versus whatever Mr. Morrison is trying to convey to Stacey. In Chapter 6, Big Ma returns from the trip to Strawberry. They are greeted with Uncle Hammer, obviously successful from his working in the North. Cassie has an ally in Uncle Hammer. Why is this character introduced right at this point in the book? What significant polarity is emphasized with the appearance of Uncle Hammer. Note the discussion between Mama and Cassie. What is Mama trying to impress upon Cassie at the bottom of page 97?

Jeremy Simms calls at the Logan home while they are celebrating Christmas. The episode is somewhat unpleasant for most people. Certainly Taylor has her reasons for this episode. What can they be? Consider the importance of Cassie's talk with her father about Lillian Jean. What is the essence of his instructions to her? What is he warning against and what is he suggesting as right for her?

Look at and analyze the symbolism here. It is a key to understanding the book. Papa, in spite of everything that T. The Planet of Junior Brown. What is the role of music in this book? Compare the parents of Junior Brown and Buddy. Consider analyzing this sentence in terms which also explain parts of the rest of the book. There was Junior and Mr. Pool, there was Nightman, Franklin and the other boys, all together, all needing one another and him.

He had the solar system" That was what he had forgotten al these years, or changed with the passage of time to fit with his loneliness. No, his Tomorrow Billy had taught him much more than life as mere survival" She could speed it up, though, when she felt like it" foreshadows and hints at the element of time in the story. How is it possible to lose time and "speed it up"? Shade trees and woods surrounded the Care on three sides. Outside, Cammy wondered why all of the folks didn't just walk on away and live under the trees in the woods" Consider the implications of nominalization of "to care.

Who is speaking here? What predictions can be made about Patty Ann and about Cammie? Cammy felt hard as nails inside toward her one second. The next second, she felt peevish that she wasn't more like her" Kind of sickly, and dark bluish-green. But mostly it was a blue mystery. She called it the blue devil.

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All the kids Cammy's age called it the bluety" What is the reference here? Discuss the various implications and meanings of this statement in the context of not only what is happening but what has happened. It pinned this day to them forever after. Not a trace" Look at the importance of father figures in this story. How present are they? Discuss the effects of not having fathers present in the girls' lives, their mothers' lives.

Just one thing at a time. That's how it's done. Discuss what is being said here and how this is compared to the previous action of the book. Through the Looking Glass ends with a poem whose last line reads, "Life, what is it but a dream? Look for patterns of punishment: Are these different from "common forms of punishment? What is significant here? The white rabbit is "bound by time. Carroll is concerned with polarities. Look for patterns and discuss the nature of these polarities.

Alice is both a participant and an observer in the story. Give one example of this phenomenon and analyze how this mode affects our understanding of the story. What might this represent? There is a fundamental oddity of life portrayed in this story: Children should remain innocent of knowledge. Distortions of vision, distortions of one's perception of self growing and shrinking show that in some sense Alice and others become symbolic in their function.

Alice as telescoping self, whose head is out of touch with her body might indicate what? Carroll pokes fun at essentialism. Define this and give a few examples. Language and logic and nonsense. The nonsense world of fantasy and the non-sense world of fact; nonsense and illogic creates bewilderment and puzzlement.

Alice always asks for explanations, but do they help? What do words mean? How does the idea of the joke enter the picture? Is something there because you see it? Look carefully at the episodes with the Cheshire Cat. Learning and education and reading play major roles. Carroll makes us "look" at language, language as an originating operation must see it as a process, as a system in itself.

Look closely at Carroll's discussion of the word "it. Notice the times Alice changes her size. Is freedom of choice or will a factor in these incidents? Find examples to prove your point. Is there a progression in these incidents? The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Justerl. The books that were too much trouble to read, the tools he'd never learned to use, the small electric automobile he hadn't driven in months--or was it years? Look carefully at the chapter titles. Can you see in the text the expectations as they occur?

What expectations do you as reader have when you read the sign, "Dictionopolis"? Do they happen before Milo encounters the sign for "Expectations"? Explain the logic behind the argument between words and numbers. Look at the first dramatic vignette 3. What is the purpose of this description? But what do we know about Meg that might be of importance in the interpretation of the story? Think of Gurgi and his self-pity? Quality of character is made clearer here. How does she handle her problems? What is L'Engle suggesting about the difficulties we experience in life with this expression? And then there is the contrast with the kitten.

Why is the kitten introduced? Refer to page This passage relates to the dynamics of question 2. When her father objects, Mrs. Note that Meg is happy and contented now What has made her happy? Why is she no longer afraid? Look where she is sitting? Why does L'Engle place her in this particular position? She left her room and made her way through the shadows of the main attic, etc. Discuss what we know of her from this. Look very carefully at this passage as if your preparing to explicate it.

Link to the above 5 to "Making one's own way. Add the description of Fortinbras 8. Whatsit's approval of Charles Wallace Look at the man with the red eyes What is it that Charles Wallace finds so objectionable about him? What does he mean? Is this more than just a discovery that this is not a real person with real ideas? Types of understanding Don't hope it was a dream. I don't understand it any more than you do. Contrast the incident on page Charles Wallace supports Meg when he takes her hand--with page She now reaches out and supports Calvin.

And on page She was not only loved by others, but she had her love for them. What important design is the author trying to make us understand with this? Look again at page Now read page And he always obeys. People are more than the way they look Speaking of their differences, refer to the fact that the beasts cannot see, yet they are not limited in anyway at all.

In fact, sight seems to get in the way here. A very limiting thing, this seeing. What is the author commenting on in our own lives? The Happy Medium Refer back to Mrs.

Murry's comments 12 about the ideal of a happy medium. Here the name is one thing that helps us understand the concept on the other. Page How does she handle the unhappiness in the world? The gifts that Mrs. Whatsit gives to them. Is she suggesting that we ought not to try to get rid of our faults? To defend themselves they recite nursery rhymes. Why are the multiplication tables antithetical to the nursery rhymes? What are the differences between them? The appeal of Camazotz: Why do people choose it?

This matches Meg's character in the beginning, where she wants others to handle things for her. Charles Wallace's defense of the system and its order. She is saved once by anger that overcomes her fear Is L'Engle suggesting that anger is a good thing? Whatsit gave to her. The Gettysburg Address What is the Gettysburg address?

Why are they significantly different for the purposes of this book? When she is angry and blaming her father, she is in the control of the Black Thing Isn't this anger that she has previously seen as a gift? Whatsit you have to save him. That is not our way" But, shifting context somewhat, what other message is here? Anger at Father and then acceptance of the task that she do In fact, the "choosing" of the task is a better way of putting it.

It can't be anyone else. What is the antecedent of "it"? Our desire to be reassured about what is going to happen in our lives. Look carefully at this, as life is exclaimed as the form of the secret A most interesting analogy. Can you explain the dynamics of life as a sonnet? What is the difference that the story is emphasizing here? What is the process or dynamic of "love"? The Book of Three. This is not to say that they don't think of themselves.

But they think of others more. Once ideals have been attained, how does one remain a human being when bombarded by outside forces? Discuss the meaning of the title, The Book of Three. How is three special, more so than one or two? In the very first sentence of the book, try to find some kind of polarity. Sword on the one side; horseshoes on the other. Discuss the meaning of "sword. Look in the Reader for a definition of sword.

When we think of swords, in what context do they occur? What does the word mean? You need to look it up and consider all of the various meanings, as well as the etymology. It means here much more than the word in common usage. What does it mean to be a hero like someone else, for instance? What is the dynamic of the phrase? Or is there advice here? Taran hunches against a tree root, pulled his cloak closer about his shoulders. I don't even know who I am" Image carefully and consider the words the author uses.

Why are we given this vignette? Gydion concludes that it makes not difference whose destiny is being served. Are all Assistant Pig Keepers deaf as well as stubborn? For an instant he could not believe such beauty concealed the evil of which he had been warned. The business of royal blood. Eilonwy's interpretation of the writing on the sword. Royal blood is just a way of translating; in the Old writing, it didn't mean only having royal relatives.

Gurgi has needs greater than safety, although certainly safety is a major need. He could remain in Medwyn's Valley, it is true. But he must be able to do something "purposeful" if he is to become human rather than remain animal. What is the polarity to safety here? What opposing value of need? What does "purposeful" mean? Fflewder plays the harp for the companions. Here we have a disquisition on art. A writer writing about a musician. What is he saying about the creative process. Why the Hidden Valley episode? What are we to derive from this?

Taran thinks back to what was before, and he yearns to be there, rather than where he is. What is this emotion in our own lives?

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How does the book suggest that it be handled? Taran can stay in the valley if he wishes. Why doesn't he, if it is all right with Medwyn? Again what is the author saying? Look carefully to see specifically how Taran has changed from the beginning of the book. What specific example do you see on page Discuss Taran's pride or lack of it. Taran as the protagonist: Does he face any problems that are metaphoric for problems generally or frequently encountered by children?

What function in the design of the work is served by Gurgi--more than just another member of the group, that is? This is a very strange title beginning as it does with an ellipsis together with the coordinating conjunction "and. On pages 6 and 7, Miguel talks to Gabriel about how easy, it seems, to be Gabriel.

After all, that's who I am. What does he mean when he says, "How easy it is for you to be Gabriel"? What is the meaning of Gabriel's answer. On pages 14 and 15, we read of the issue of the wool sacks, the problematic discussion with his father about the right wool sacks. What are the dynamics of this situation? Relate this to the business of receiving stars on his work at school.

Chapter 3 begins with Miguel's hearing the cry of the newborn lambs 25 and his translation of that cry. The chapter ends with Miguel sharing his secret with Pedro and Faustina. At this point 36 Pedro climbs up the back of the bed, pretending to be Miguel. Discuss the significance of these incidents. A "sin' says the grandfather. Look carefully at this. What is the basis of the disagreement between them. Each sees the dynamics of sheep raising in a different light. He thinks about Pedro's drawings, that the mesa is like a picture. But this the vista of the mesa is wrong, while the picture is right.

Can you see what the author is trying to say with this? Not what Miguel means, but what Krumgold means. He finds the sheep and takes them home. But he is dissatisfied with the reception he receives, particularly from his father. He tells Blasito, "If I can't tell you in my own way, what's the use? And then he says to himself, "But it wasn't enough. Again, what is going on here? Obviously, there is a failure of communication somewhere.

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The family sees it one way, but Miguel sees it another. There was dancing Pay particular attention to his responses, especially his loss of interest What does his interaction with this situation tell us about his problem? Miguel has difficulty understanding the "universal law of wishes" What is that law?

What is Krumgold speaking through Gabriel trying to tell us? And why can't you return what you get, as you would return something to the story? A new kind of prayer. Whatever your name is. Where do they begin? What is the significant of the picture, the climbing up and down the mountains and the title of the book? Compare the following two sentences from the beginning of the book: Apply the meaning of this to the circumstances in the novel, then to the development of character and motivation. Show how this metaphor works in the book. Locate and discuss at least one other working metaphor in the book.

Explain the trope here See the discussion of high school students' responses to literature, particularly on page Examine the use of Dickens, Eliot, and the other authors as a furthering of the texture and depth of significance. Where the Red Fern Grows. Why does Rawls begin his book with the main character as a grownup? Examine the incident on page 2, "For a second I saw him. I caught my breath.