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Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter's World: An Unofficial Guide
George Beahm
1571744401
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
*This book is not prepared, endorsed, or authorized by J.K. Rowling or Warner Bros. and is not part of the Harry Potter series.* For fans who want to know about the myths, folklores, legends, and Muggle history embedded in the Harry Potter novels, Beahm's new book is a treasure trove of fun facts and tantalizing trivia covering the fabulous beasts and creatures, the wizards, magical artifacts, and magical places in the Harry Potter world. Covering Harry Potter novels 1 - 5, this unofficial guide includes sidebars, internet references, and enchangting art by five-time Hugo award-winning artist Tim Kirk and newcomer Britton McDaniel. This fascinating and educational book belongs on the shelf of every Muggle who wants to know Rowling's inspiration for the creatures, people, places, creatures, and things in the wizarding...


The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)
Robert Spencer
0895260131
August 1, 2005
Paperback
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Michelle Malkin, bestselling author and columnist
"The courageous Robert Spencer busts myths and tells truths about jihadists that no one else will tell."

Ibn Warraq, author
"A clarion call for the defense of the West before it is too late."

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A Guide for Using Because of Winn-Dixie in the Classroom (Literature Units)
Melissa Hart
0743931599
October 2002
Paperback
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Ancient Texts for the Study of the Hebrew Bible
Kenton L. Sparks
1565634071
Aug 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Hebrew Bible represents no mere collection of books but a stunning array of literary genres. To fully illuminate the history and culture of the Old Testament, it is necessary to compare these ancient writings to similar texts written concurrently by Israel’s neighbors. Beginning with an overview of the important literary archives of the ancient Near East, Sparks provides exhaustive references to the ancient literary counterparts to the Hebrew Bible’s major genres. Surveying the ancient writings found throughout Egypt, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Palestine, Sparks provides a brief summary of each text discussed, translating brief portions and linking them to literarily similar biblical passages. Exploring over 30 genres—wisdom, hymns, love poetry, rituals, prophecy, apocalyptic, novella, epic legend,...


The Chronicles of Narnia Boxed Set [BOX SET]
C.S. Lewis, et al
0064471195
July 8, 1994
Paperback
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Book Review
The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, is one of the very few sets of books that should be read three times: in childhood, early adulthood, and late in life. In brief, four children travel repeatedly to a world in which they are far more than mere children and everything is far more than it seems. Richly told, populated with fascinating characters, perfectly realized in detail of world and pacing of plot, and profoundly allegorical, the story is infused throughout with the timeless issues of good and evil, faith and hope. This boxed set edition includes all seven volumes.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From AudioFile
This collection includes programs of seven titles in C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia: THE MAGICIAN'S NEPHEW; THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE; THE HORSE AND HIS BOY;...


Walk Two Moons
Scholastic, Inc
0439355400
Aug 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Everything You Need for Successful Literature Circles That Get Kids Thinking, Talking, Writing‹and Loving LiteratureLiterature circles‹Yes you can!This one-of-a-kind guide to running literature circles, based on Sharon Creech's Walk Two Moons, shows teachers how to organize small discussion groups that work! Includes stimulating questions and writing prompts that motivate students to think and respond thoughtfully. As students dive into lively discussions, they learn to identify themes, analyze vocabulary, recognize the author's craft, and respond meaningfully to the text‹all of which meet state and national language arts standards.

About the Author
Kathleen Simpson has taught English as a second language and writing, among other things. She currently writes full...


The Imagineering Field Guide to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
The Disney Imagineers
0786855533
September 1, 2005
Turtleback
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Book Description
The first in a series of pocket-sized paperbacks will answer the question, "What would it be like to walk through the Disney Theme Parks with an Imagineer by your side?" The Imagineering Field Guide to The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World provides that experience: pointing out details and telling stories, back stories, and Imagineering insights never before heard, condensed into a portable, easily-referenced park guide. You'll never spend time at Walt Disney World the same way again.Each spread contains fascinating textual information and related images (drawings, photos, graphics) such as:


To Kill a Mockingbird (SparkNotes)
SparkNotes Editors
1586633481
January 2002
Paperback
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Much ADO about Nothing (Maxnotes Literature Guides)
William Shakespeare
0878910336
June 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
Much Ado About Nothing is probably the most satisfying, and certainly the liveliest and most charming, of Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare films. The witty badinage between Branagh and his then-wife Emma Thompson, as Benedick and Beatrice, is as bright and sunny as the golden sunlight that shines on the Tuscan villa where the picture was shot. This production--and don't ask about the plot, just remember the title--is an ebullient celebration of art and artifice, culminating in a joyous dance, and performed at a brisk pace by an all-star cast, including Denzel Washington, Robert Sean Leonard, Keanu Reeves, and Michael Keaton. --This text refers to the DVD edition.

From AudioFile
Because setting and action are explicit in the dialogue, MUCH ADO, like most of...


Mere Christianity
C. S. Lewis
0060652926
February 2001
Paperback
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Hamlet (SparkNotes No Fear Shakespeare)
SparkNotes Editors
1586638440
April 2003
Paperback
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Wuthering Heights (Maxnotes Literature Guides)
Lynda Rich Spiegel
0878910581
June 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
MAXnotes offer a fresh look at masterpieces of literature, presented in a lively and interesting fashion. Written by literary experts who currently teach the subject, MAXnotes will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the work. MAXnotes are designed to stimulate independ ent thought about the literary work by raising various issues and thought-provoking ideas and questions. MAXnotes cover the essentials of what one should know about each work, including an overall summary, character lists, an explanation and discussion of the plot, the work's historical context, illustrations to convey the mood of the work, and a biography of the author. Each chapter is individually summarized and analyzed, and has study questions and answers.


Catcher in the Rye (SparkNotes)
SparkNotes Editors
1586633597
January 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Get your "A" in gear!

They're today's most popular study guides-with everything you need to succeed in school. Written by Harvard students for students, since its inception SparkNotes™ has developed a loyal community of dedicated users and become a major education brand. Consumer demand has been so strong that the guides have expanded to over 150 titles. SparkNotes'™ motto is Smarter, Better, Faster because:

· They feature the most current ideas and themes, written by experts.
· They're easier to understand, because the same people who use them have also written them.
· The clear writing style and edited content enables students to read through the material quickly, saving valuable time.

And with everything covered--context;...


English Language, Literature, and Composition: Content Knowledge Study Guide (Praxis Study Guides)
Educational Testing Service
0886852528
September 1, 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Complete with a targeted review of all the material on the selected Praxis exam in addition to a full-length practice test, these test preparation guides are written by the makers of the real tests. Thorough explanations of the answers are provided and helpful test-taking strategies are found throughout the guide. The three categories of assessments covered correspond to the three milestones in teacher development-academic skills assessment, subject assessment, and classroom performance assessment. Reflecting the rigorous and carefully validated nature of the exams, these guides provide beginning teachers the information needed to succeed.

About the Author
Educational Testing Service (ETS) is the world's premier educational testing organization and the only publisher of GRE and...


SparkNotes AP English Literature Power Pack
SparkNotes Editors
1411404858
February 2006
Paperback
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Leaves of Grass (Maxnotes Literature Guides)
Walt Whitman
0878912274
Jan 1999
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
As scholarship has made its importance to American letters more manifest, editions of the 1855 version of Whitman's masterpiece have multiplied. This one, prepared in honor of the poem's 150th anniversary, will be hard to beat. Edited by major Americanist Reynolds (Walt Whitman's America, etc.), it comes as close as possible, without being a facsimile, to reproducing Whitman's original text, which he famously self-published. The familiar litho of the young rough with open collar opens the book, and Reynold's terrific and informative afterword closes it, along with contemporary reviews (some written by Whitman himself) and Emerson's famous letter ("I greet you at the beginning of a great career..."). Those who know Whitman only through the beautiful but bloated 1892 "deathbed" edition of Leaves of Grass will find...


Their Eyes Were Watching God
Zora Neale Hurston
0060931418


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Book Review
At the height of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1930s, Zora Neale Hurston was the preeminent black woman writer in the United States. She was a sometime-collaborator with Langston Hughes and a fierce rival of Richard Wright. Her stories appeared in major magazines, she consulted on Hollywood screenplays, and she penned four novels, an autobiography, countless essays, and two books on black mythology. Yet by the late 1950s, Hurston was living in obscurity, working as a maid in a Florida hotel. She died in 1960 in a Welfare home, was buried in an unmarked grave, and quickly faded from literary consciousness until 1975 when Alice Walker almost single-handedly revived interest in her work.

Of Hurston's fiction, Their Eyes Were Watching God is arguably the best-known and perhaps the most controversial. The novel follows...



Beyond Belief : The Secret Gospel of Thomas
Elaine Pagels
0375501568
May 6, 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
Shortly after Elaine Pagels’ two-and-half-year-old son was diagnosed with a rare lung disease, the religion professor found herself drawn to a Christian church again for the first time in many years. In Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas Pagels, best know for her National Book Award-winning The Gnostic Gospels, wrestles with her own faith as she struggles to understand when--and why--Christianity became associated almost exclusively with the ideas codified in the fourth-century Nicene Creed and in the canonical texts of the New Testament. In her exploration, she uncovers the richness and diversity of Christian philosophy that has only become available since the discovery of the Nag Hammadi texts.

At the center of Beyond Belief is what Pagels identifies as a textual battle between The Gospel of Thomas...



You Can Write Children's Books
Tracey E. Dils
0898798299
March 1998
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Song of Solomon (Maxnotes Literature Guides)
Nancy A. Ciabattari
0878910468
June 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
MAXnotes offer a fresh look at masterpieces of literature, presented in a lively and interesting fashion. Written by literary experts who currently teach the subject, MAXnotes will enhance your understanding and enjoyment of the work. MAXnotes are designed to stimulate independ ent thought about the literary work by raising various issues and thought-provoking ideas and questions. MAXnotes cover the essentials of what one should know about each work, including an overall summary, character lists, an explanation and discussion of the plot, the work's historical context, illustrations to convey the mood of the work, and a biography of the author. Each chapter is individually summarized and analyzed, and has study questions and answers.


How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
Thomas C. Foster
006000942X
February 2003
Paperback
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Book Description

What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey?. Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface -- a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character -- and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a literary text keeps escaping you.

In this practical and amusing guide to literature, Thomas C. Foster shows how easy and gratifying it is to unlock those hidden truths, and to discover a world where a road leads to a quest; a shared meal may signify a communion; and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just rain. Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, How to Read Literature Like a Professor is the perfect...



Thematic Guide to World Mythology
Lorena Stookey
0313315051
Mar 2004
Hardcover
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Review
“Stookey provides a well-organized guide to the overlapping and common themes found in world mythology. Arranged by the common motifs found in myths worldwide, it serves as a good introduction to comparative mythology....[t]his is a well-written, clearly organized set of introductory chapters on the commonalities found in many myths. Recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates.”–Choice
“[A]chieves its goal of providing an overview of the themes of world mythology....[r]ecommeded to school and public libraries.”–Library Journal
“This sampling of world myths, written is a simple, straightforward prose, might serve well as a beginner's guide and overview.”–Library Media Collection

Book Description
All around the...


Invisible Man
Ralph Ellison
0679732764
March 14, 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
We rely, in this world, on the visual aspects of humanity as a means of learning who we are. This, Ralph Ellison argues convincingly, is a dangerous habit. A classic from the moment it first appeared in 1952, Invisible Man chronicles the travels of its narrator, a young, nameless black man, as he moves through the hellish levels of American intolerance and cultural blindness. Searching for a context in which to know himself, he exists in a very peculiar state. "I am an invisible man," he says in his prologue. "When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination--indeed, everything and anything except me." But this is hard-won self-knowledge, earned over the course of many years.

As the book gets started, the narrator is expelled from his Southern Negro college ...



The Unbearable Lightness of Being : A Novel (Perennial Classics)
Milan Kundera
0060932139
May 1, 1999
Paperback
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From AudioFile
Jonathan Oliver employs a husky-voiced tone that proves the right match for this darkish story, one that requires of listeners a dollop of patience. Set first in Czechoslovakia, then in Switzerland, Kundera's story tells the sometimes laborious story of a womanizing Czech surgeon forced to flee the Russian invasion and take on menial roles, giving his passion for the flesh a slighly different perspective, as he is no longer a doctor but just a window-washer. His relationship with this current female-of-choice, the interesting and puzzling Tereza, is at the center of the novel. Oliver is good, very good, pausing with great effect, having just the right amount of low-key drama and contemplative musing in his narration. He's a good fit for a book that not everyone will like, but those who stay the course will generally be...


Thematic Guide to Modern Drama
Kathleen W. Craver
0313319502
Apr 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
The uniquely thematic approach of this resource will help teachers and librarians identify pertinent works of modern drama for students, and will enhance readers' understanding of these works. Ninety-nine plays are discussed, covering a broad range of works spanning more than a hundred years.

About the Author
SUSAN C. W. ABBOTSON has taught English for over 15 years, both at the high school and university levels. She currently teaches in the English Department of Rhode Island College. She is author of Student Companion to Arthur Miller (Greenwood, 2000) and co-author of Understanding Death of a Salesman (Greenwood, 1999). She also contributed the drama section of Resources for Teaching: Literature and Its Writers.


Polar Express: A Guide for Using The Polar Express in the Classroom
Susan Kilpatrick
1557345430
May 1996
Paperback
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Book Description
This resource is directly related to its literature equivalent and filled with a variety of cross-curricular lessons to do before, during, and after reading the book. This reproducible book includes sample plans, author information, vocabulary building ideas, and cross-curriculum activities.


Charles Dickens's Bleak House
Janice M. Allan
041524773X
July 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
With its sustained social criticism and complex construction, Charles Dickens's Bleak House (1853) is considered by many critics to be Dickens's most remarkable novel.
Janice Allan offers a starting point for those new to Dickens's weighty text and the daunting body of critical work that surrounds it. This literary sourcebook:
*introduces the contextual issues that most directly influenced Dickens's writing and reprints relevant source documents
*provides a comprehensive survey of the criticism of Bleak House from publication to the present, then introduces, reprints and annotates extracts from significant critical texts
*discusses key passages of the text, which are reprinted and fully annotated for ease of use
*includes cross-references throughout the Sourcebook, making illuminating...


Lolita (Vintage International)
Vladimir Nabokov
0679723161
March 13, 1989
Paperback
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Book Review
Despite its lascivious reputation, the pleasures of Lolita are as much intellectual as erogenous. It is a love story with the power to raise both chuckles and eyebrows. Humbert Humbert is a European intellectual adrift in America, haunted by memories of a lost adolescent love. When he meets his ideal nymphet in the shape of 12-year-old Dolores Haze, he constructs an elaborate plot to seduce her, but first he must get rid of her mother. In spite of his diabolical wit, reality proves to be more slippery than Humbert's feverish fantasies, and Lolita refuses to conform to his image of the perfect lover.

Playfully perverse in form as well as content, riddled with puns and literary allusions, Nabokov's 1955 novel is a hymn to the Russian-born author's delight in his adopted language. Indeed, readers who want to probe all of...



Great Gatsby (SparkNotes)
SparkNotes Editors
158663349X
January 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
Get your "A" in gear!

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