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31 August 2012 @ 10:55 am
nearly wordless recommendation  
I read Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein yesterday, and after I'd mopped up the tears, I realized that I wanted to recommend this fierce, beautiful, touching, and surprisingly even funny book to people, but I had no idea how to talk about it or what to say. I managed to read a review of it in Horn Book, of all places, that spoiled some of the developments for me, so I didn't want to do that, and I didn't want to simply parrot a bunch of commonplaces about WWII stories, and I didn't want to downplay how painful the book could be in favor of talking about the friendship between the two main characters, even though for me that's one of the things that makes the book stand out...

So here. I read Code Name Verity yesterday. You should read it too.
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La Reine Noire: Terms Commonly Usedlareinenoire on September 28th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
Well, yes, there is that. ;) It would be like me in my Malory class where I just kept throwing up my hands and saying, "...and, also, Malory is on crack, so let's leave it there for now."
tempestsarekind: bored history boystempestsarekind on September 28th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
I am pretty sure that that's my entire teaching method! Yesterday I mentioned to the student who came to section that I used the word "weird" a lot, and then, after that, it was like I didn't know any other words for the rest of the hour.