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A teen reader recentlytold us what she thought of many books now written for teens.  "You could skip about half the pages and not miss anything," she sai  "What happens on each page should be so important that you have to keep reading.  Also, writers try too hard to be startling by the language they use and by adding in sex and violence that don't add anything to the story.  Real schools are not much like the schools in most novels."

Jonathan says, " Iagree.  I don't read anything but non-fiction anymore."

Maryann says, "I read the first few pages.  If the story doesn't grab me, I try another book.  I don't mind if it's different from my school, as long as it's an exciting story."

What do  YOU think? Wink

 A few years ago, when a writer didn't know if a person was a boy or a girs.  the writer usually used the pronouns he, his, or him to refer to the person.  For example "Every child should eat  his ice cream."  Now it's not popular to always use the masculine pronoun.  Some writers say, "Every child should eat his or her ide cream."   Other writers prefer to say, "Every child should eat their ice cream."

Jonathan says, "It's only one person.  THEIR is not correct."

Maryann says, "YOU can mean one or more people.  Why can't THEIR mean one or more people?  HIS OR HER sounds stupid."

What do YOU think?  Wink

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteers are in the rghit peclas. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by itslef but the wrod as a wlohe. 

Jonathan says, "I think that’s hogwash."

Maryann says, "I like it. Ms. Jacobs can’t mark my spelling wnorg."

Waht do YOU tnihk? Wink




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