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Bad Behavior at Boarding School

Bad Behavior at Boarding School

When Do Prep School Pranks Go Too Far?

When do Muffy and Biff’s* practical jokes go too far? Where’s the line between annoying but amusing and reprehensible anti-social, or illegal activities? What about driving off campus or war games with the nearby military school cadets? Here are the books that present the questionable behavior. They may invoke feelings of moral outrage, tears, or LOL, or possibly, all of the above.

A Different Point of View

Austism and Asperger's Syndrome in Fiction

A different point of view

In 2003 British children’s author Mark Haddon created a sensation when he published his first book for adults.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time     The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Take Me to Your Reader

Take me to your readerScience Fiction Graphic Novels

A Dead Whale or a Stove Boat

Attacking a whale

American Whaling: Its History, Dangers, and Literary Legacy

Whales and the hunting of them do not figure prominently in the history of Texas. It’s not that they are unknown in the Gulf of Mexico. They can be seen sporting about off the coast or nosing about the bottom. And occasionally they wander or are washed ashore, as a right whale did near Freeport  in 1972, and a sperm whale did near Port Aransas in 2008.

Adventure to and Fantastic (and Colorful) New Worlds!

Adventure to New Worlds
You have nothing to lose but your boredom. 

Teen Trauma to the Max!

 Teen Trama     Here are three intriguing, disturbing stories. You might consider them horror stories without zombies, vampires, werewolves, serial killers, super heros or super villains. They deal with uncomfortable but very real things. They may provoke discomforting emotions and thoughts. They may creep you out. As King Lear says, "O, that way madness lies; let me shun that!" (Act III. Scene iv). None of these are for the faint of heart. Consider yourself warned.

Dragons and Dragon-Slayers

Dragons, although only occasionally encountered in East Texas (alligators don’t count), are reasonably common in fantasy fiction. Now, in Texas, you might run into one dancing around your neighborhood, especially around the lunar New Year. And in October and May you may find several paddling furiously neck and neck down the bayou (May 1, 2010 is predicted to be an excellent day for dragon spotting around Allen’s Landing in downtown Houston).

Giving Thanks

What makes you thankful?Thanksgiving is only a few days away now. What makes you feel thankful? Is it time off from school, or seeing somebody in your family that lives far away? Or is it all about the pie? It might make it a happier holiday if you take a few minutes to make a list.

Native American Heritage Month

Since the early 1990s November has been proclaimed a month to celebrate the history and contributions of the original inhabitants of what is now the United States.

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