In the News:

Autism in China: A look inside a new school in China that's offering free education to children with autism, a disorder that until recently, went undiagnosed in this country.

Educators embrace iPods for Learning:
Unlike most of its counterparts around the country, Roswell High School is embracing iPods and other MP3 players as educational accessories.

On the shelves

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The Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of Reading and the Brain: In the tradition of Steven Pinker’s The Language Instinct, a preeminent researcher offers an eloquent and impassioned look at reading’s evolution, its effect on out lives, and why it matters so greatly in a digital era. How did the brain rearrange itself to read? How did the evolution of reading change the way we think? Will new forms of communication lead to a newly rearranged brain?
Developmental psychologist, neuroscientist, and dyslexia expert Maryanne Wolf probes the answers to these questions in this ambitious and provocative new book that chronicles the remarkable journey of written language, not only throughout its history, but also over the course of a single child’s life, showing why a significant percentage have difficulty mastering these abilities.

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children's Book: Life Lessons from Notable People from All Walks of Life
Over 100 noteworthy figures, from Ursula K. Le Guin to Jay Leno, convey lessons learned from specific children's books in this affirming collaboration, which is divided into six thematic sections and features full-color images. For each selection, a contributor provides a brief essay about how the book influenced him or her, accompanied by an excerpt.
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Push by Saphire
An electrifying first novel that shocks by its language, its circumstances, and its brutal honesty, Push recounts a young black street-girl's horrendous and redemptive journey through a Harlem inferno. For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings and set them down in a diary.
Precious, the movie, was based off this novel:

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A Child Called It: One Child's Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer
An autobiography about surviving a childhood of not only severe abuse by his mother, but the apparent apathy to his plight by his father, Pelzer suffered one of the most severe documented cases of child abuse in California history.

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One Child by Torey Hayden
This is is the fascinating story of Torey's experiences while [[topic/1579/teaching.html|teaching]] a "special" class. The class is for children who have special needs and do not fit into one of the other special education classes. It was known as the "garbage class." In this class there are children of all sizes and abilites. Some of the children are violent, some do not speak, and others just can't manage in another class.

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House Rules by Jodi Picoult
In House Rules, a boy with Asperger's syndrome is accused of murder. Picoult shifts viewpoints and examines the prejudices surrounding the boy's social disability. All the while, Picoult keeps readers in suspense about who actually committed the murder.
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