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on the coffeetable this week: “Beastly,” “The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. I: The Pox Party” and about two thousand books on educational theory

September 30th, 2010

On the coffeetable:

My daughter read “Beastly” and loved it. If I can, I’ll talk her into writing a review and I’ll post it later. Modernized version of “Beauty and the Beast,” sounds great. (Middle school and older.)

“Octavian Nothing” wins the prize of having the best, craziest title of all time. OK, now I will say this: M.T. Anderson’s stuff gets read a lot in middle school, but I’m going conservative on this one and saying high school and older. This book (and “Feed”) are both great. (I’ve heard the sequel to “Octavian Nothing” is not as outstanding as the first book, however.) But they scare me too much and I had to put them down.

The End.

— wm

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