Author Archives: Lizzie Ross

About Lizzie Ross

in no particular order: author, teacher, cyclist, world traveler, single parent. oh, and i read. a lot.

Don’t look now …

… but Witch Week is almost here! This year’s theme is TREASON AND PLOT (when Chris and I decided on this last year, we certainly didn’t expect it to be so apt), and our read-along is Shakespeare’s The Tempest, with … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2021, 7th day

This is it, the last day of BBW2021. I hope you’ve learned something new here, or at least found a new source of information that deepens your understanding of something familiar. Today’s link in this week honoring the Right to … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2021, 6th day

Today, a quiz. In 2019, the New York Public Library added a Banned Books Quiz to its website, and it’s still available two years later. Only 7 questions, so any trivia fiend can probably finish it in under a minute. … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2021, 5th day

Today, if you’re an English teacher (or know one), this post is for you. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has an Intellectual Freedom Center. Fighting censorship since the days of McCarthy, NCTE supports teachers at all levels … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2021, 4th day

A few words today about the Freedom to Read Foundation, an offshoot of the ALA established in 1969. It’s exciting to look at the Foundation’s history, since the list of legal cases they’ve helped fund includes this one: All the … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2021, 3rd day

Keeping it short and sweet today, with a visit to ALA’s Banned Books FAQ page, which you can find here. Who challenges books? Why? They even have infographics addressing these questions. Here’s one on Who initiates the challenges: Interesting, eh? … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2021, 2nd day

I realize yesterday was Sunday, and perhaps your local library wasn’t open, so you couldn’t get your library card. But today’s Monday! You can still get one. Or perhaps you have one already? Excellent. We can continue. Today, I take … Continue reading

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Banned Books Week 2021, 1st day

Autumn begins, days are shorter, nights are cooler, and Banned Books Week begins. As promised, this week I’ll provide a daily link to the websites of an organizations involved in bringing attention to censorship. Today, let me introduce you to … Continue reading

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Autumnal rites

It’s time I rejoined this yearly week of celebrating good books that raise hackles. I’ll be doing things a bit differently this year, each day featuring a website and then a quick look at a favorite banned book. I hope … Continue reading

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Numbers

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K. Dick (1968) Here’s a question: If I pick up Arthur C Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), will I discover that their impact has diminished because … Continue reading

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