I. Is written formally: A. Does not use I/me/my/mine, you/your/yours, we/us/our/ours, or related words. B. Consists of complete sentences. C. Uses “educated” diction and avoids slang or dialect. D. Is grammatically correct. II. Has five distinct parts, if using the five-paragraph model: A. Introduction 1. Usually includes the thesis (one sentence that sums up the entire essay). 2. Has a transition between the introduction and first body paragr...

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Book Reviews of The Dark Is Rising Sequence: Silver on the Tree; The Grey King; Greenwitch; The Dark Is Rising; and Over Sea, Under Stone 2
My Blog / February 5, 2017

Then I moved on to other things before I had a chance to find the other two books. I’d forgotten about this series until I came across a copy of The Grey King at a used bookstore. It brought back intense feelings of fondness and I decided to buy this set. I just finished Over Sea and Under Stone–one of the two books I missed in my younger years–and I was reminded of just how brilliant Susan Cooper is as a writer. It...

Book Reviews of The Dark Is Rising Sequence: Silver on the Tree; The Grey King; Greenwitch; The Dark Is Rising; and Over Sea, Under Stone
My Blog / January 6, 2017

Book Review: excellent for young readers Rating: 5 stars I love this series, I have since I first discovered it almost 10 years ago. I think that if more parents knew about this series and the effect that it can have on even reluctant readers that it would shortly become almost as popular as a certain other young man dealing with magical forces that we’ve all come to know. Book Review: One of the Best Rating: 5 stars Easily ran...

Book Reviews of A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction
My Blog / January 5, 2017

I am designing/building my own home and this book helped me adjust my plans until I had something that suits me perfectly instead of something “saleable.” Funny thing, everyone who sees the plan and my initial start is enchanted…. Forget building houses and start building homes. I also read A Timeless Way of Building, which is a nice introduction to this one. Book Review: A Pattern Language Rating: 5 stars This is a...