David Bruce

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David Bruce is an anecdote columnist at "The Athens News" in Athens, Ohio.

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William Shakespeare’s 2 Henry IV, aka Henry IV, Part 2: A Retelling in Prose
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,920. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's history play "2 Henry IV," aka "Henry IV, Part 2."
William Shakespeare's "Henry V": A Retelling in Prose
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 47,090. Language: American English. Published: November 19, 2014. Category: Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Henry V," a history play that includes King Henry V of England's victory in the Battle of Agincourt.
How to Teach the Autobiographical Essay Composition Project in 9 Classes
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Price: Free! Words: 80,810. Language: American English. Published: October 25, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
This document gives one way of teaching the autobiographical essay to students, although it should also be useful to people who are not students, but who want to write this kind of essay.
The Trojan War and Its Aftermath: Four Epic Poems
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 306,970. Language: American English. Published: October 20, 2014. Category: Fiction » Classics
This book is a collection of four ancient epics that tell the story of the Trojan War and its aftermath. I have retold these epic poems to make them easier to read. In my retellings, I supply important background information.
William Shakespeare’s "The Merchant of Venice": A Retelling in Prose
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,740. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
One theme of the play — told here in novel form — is the harmful effects that prejudice can have on people. It can make someone want to cut a pound of flesh from a living person. It can make someone spit on the clothing and the beard of an old person.
Composition Project: Writing a Hero-of-Human-Rights Essay
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Price: Free! Words: 48,590. Language: American English. Published: October 1, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
This free download describes a composition assignment that I have used successfully during my years of teaching at Ohio University.
How to Teach a Problem-Solving Letter Composition Project in 6 Classes
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Price: Free! Words: 43,910. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
This document describes a composition project that I have successfully used during my years of teaching at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. The composition project is to write a Problem-Solving Letter that gives the reader information that the reader can use. This is practical writing, as opposed to academic research papers that teachers grade and return to their students.
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 6)
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Price: Free! Words: 95,530. Language: American English. Published: September 17, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
This book contains 250 stories about good deeds, including this one: One kind thing that cosplayers Rei-doll and Ryoko-demon of Russia, co-founders of R&R ArtGroup, do is to allow repostings of their photographs — provided that their photographs are not used for commercial purposes or photo-manipulations and provided that the reposter provides links and credit.
William Shakespeare’s "The Comedy of Errors": A Retelling in Prose
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,820. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's comic play "The Comedy of Errors," which revolves about the zany misunderstandings wrought by two sets of twins.
William Shakespeare's "Othello" A Retelling in Prose
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,170. Language: American English. Published: August 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Othello," in which the evil Iago lies and falsely convinces Othello, the Moor (black North African) of Venice, Italy, that his innocent wife, Desdemona, has been cheating on him.
How to Manage Your Money: A Guide for the Non-Rich
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Price: Free! Words: 14,650. Language: American English. Published: August 21, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance / money management
This book was written to help you get a net worth with which you can be happy. It was written for the person just starting out, who is just beginning to make money and who wants to use that money wisely. It assumes that you aren’t a millionaire — many finance books have already been written for rich people.
William Shakespeare’s "The Tempest": A Retelling in Prose
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,070. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2014. Category: Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest." This is the last play he wrote by himself, although later he co-wrote two plays with John Fletcher. In "The Tempest," Prospero, who lives on a mostly deserted island with his daughter, Miranda, uses his magic powers to regain his rightful place as Duke of Milan.
William Shakespeare’s "Much Ado About Nothing": A Retelling in Prose
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,010. Language: American English. Published: April 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy "Much Ado About Nothing." In it, Beatrice and Benedick engage in verbal battles each time they meet, and yet they fall in love. Hero and Claudio marry despite misunderstandings. Dogberry and Verges provide comic malapropisms.
250 Music Anecdotes
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,380. Language: American English. Published: April 8, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Music » Biography
This book contains 250 music anecdotes, including this one: Marian Anderson was a famous singer of opera and African-American spirituals. Occasionally, someone would tell her that they would do anything to be able to sing like her. She would smile and then ask, “Would you practice eight hours a day?”
William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew": A Retelling in Prose
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,700. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Category: Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." In it, Katherina vows before God — in the marriage ceremony — to love, honor, and obey her husband, but very quickly she makes it apparent that she is not taking her vow seriously. Her husband, Petruchio, is determined to convince her to take that vow seriously.
William Shakespeare’s "Julius Caesar": A Retelling in Prose
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,110. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar." For hundreds of years, the Romans had a republic rather than a kingdom. Many influential Romans, however, were afraid that Julius Caesar wanted to be King of the Romans, and they were determined to stop him. Shakespeare’s play tells what happened to Caesar and to those people who conspired against him.
William Shakespeare’s "As You Like It": A Retelling in Prose
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,820. Language: American English. Published: February 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's romantic comedy play titled "As You Like It." In it, Rosalind and Orlando fall instantly in love. Both need to escape separately to the Forest of Arden. There, Rosalind, in disguise as a young man named Ganymede, teaches Orlando about romantic love and how to be a proper husband for her. The romantic comedy ends with four weddings.
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 5)
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Series: The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 88,900. Language: American English. Published: February 7, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
THIS BOOK CONTAINS 250 STORIES OF GOOD DEEDS. One of the victims of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks was former Bruin Ace Bailey, who died aboard one of the hijacked airliners that struck New York’s World Trade Center. Mr. Orr visited Mr. Bailey’s widow, Katherine, the following day. Mrs. Bailey said, “Bobby will always have a place in my heart.”
William Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night": A Retelling in Prose
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,210. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Classics
This book is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." Viola is shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, and she disguises herself in men's clothing and begins to work for Duke Orsino. Although she falls in love with him, her main job is to carry love messages from him to Countess Olivia, who falls in love with Viola, whom Olivia thinks is a man.
William Shakespeare’s "1 Henry IV, aka Henry IV, Part 1": A Retelling in Prose
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,950. Language: American English. Published: January 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Classics
This book is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "1 Henry IV," which is also known as "Henry IV, Part 1." In this book, we learn of Prince Hal's friendship with the evil but witty Falstaff, and we see Prince Hal redeem himself at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403. One of the play's main characters is Sir John Falstaff, Shakespeare's wittiest character.
William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream": A Retelling in Prose
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,260. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Classics
This is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Shakespeare’s comic target in this play is love and the crazy things it makes us do.
William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": A Retelling in Prose
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,250. Language: American English. Published: December 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
This is an easy-to-read version of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet." The story is well known. Juliet, who is not yet 14 years old, falls in love at first sight with Romeo, who is a little older and who falls in love at first sight with Juliet. Juliet is the only living child of the Capulets, and Romeo is the only living child of the Montagues. The Capulets and the Montagues are enemies.
Philosophy for the Masses: Religion
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Price: Free! Words: 73,910. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy
This book consists of a number of philosophical arguments concerning religion that I find interesting and that I think that some other people may find interesting. May you be struck by philosophical lightning.
Philosophy for the Masses: Metaphysics and More
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Price: Free! Words: 44,140. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Metaphysics
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This book consists of a number of philosophical arguments about metaphysics, epistemology, social and political philosophy, aesthetics, Eastern philosophy, and the meaning of life that I find interesting and that I think that some other people may find interesting. May you be struck by philosophical lightning.
Philosophy for the Masses: Ethics
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Price: Free! Words: 56,490. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy
This book consists of a number of philosophical arguments about ethics that I find interesting and that I think that some other people may find interesting. May you be struck by philosophical lightning.
William Shakespeare's "Macbeth": A Retelling in Prose
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,040. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Classics
Thi book is an easy-to-read retelling of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth." In this tragedy, Macbeth starts out as a brave and honorable hero of Scotland, but tempted by three witches, he turns evil and becomes a regicide and a tyrant.
The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other (Volume 4)
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Series: The Kindest People: Be Excellent to Each Other, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 89,890. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
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This book contains 250 accounts of good deeds, including this one: On 22 July 2013, Redditor Sfugious posted a photo on Imgur of a note that a co-worker received thanking him for a good deed. The note stated, “Hats off to Phil who found my phone. U r a life saver. I’ll name my first born after you. She won’t be happy about the name change but too bad.”
Homer's "Iliad": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 178,610. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This book uses a question-and-answer format. It poses, then answers, relevant questions about Homer, background information, and the "Iliad." This book goes through the Iliad book by book.
Homer's "Odyssey": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 148,260. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the epic poem. Teachers can have students read books from the epic poem, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this discussion guide.
Virgil’s "Aeneid": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 27,580. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This book uses a question-and-answer format. It poses, then answers, relevant questions about the "Aeneid." This book goes through the "Aeneid" book by book. Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the epic poem. Teachers can have students read chapters from the epic poem, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this discussion guide.
Virgil, “The Fall of Troy”: A Discussion Guide for Book 2 of Virgil’s "Aeneid"
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Price: Free! Words: 27,540. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This is a short discussion guide for Book 2 of Virgil’s "Aeneid," which is the fullest surviving ancient account of the Fall of Troy, one of the most important myths in the Western world. This book uses a question-and-answer format. It poses, then answers, relevant questions about Book 2 of Virgil’s "Aeneid."
Nicholas Sparks' "A Walk to Remember": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 19,790. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Nicholas Sparks has written many best-selling novels, and I say more power to him. Obviously, he has his finger on the pulse of much of the book-reading public, and this may mean that this book may be successfully used in a class filled with students who are normally non-readers.
William Shakespeare’s "1 Henry IV": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 43,850. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the play. Teachers can have students read a section of the play, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this study guide. Teachers can also use the discussion questions as the topics for short reaction memos.
William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 35,070. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the comedy. Teachers can have students read a section of the play, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this study guide.
William Shakespeare's "Macbeth": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 39,310. Language: English. Published: September 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the tragedy. Teachers can have students read a section of the play, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this study guide.
William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 42,730. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This book uses a question-and-answer format. This book goes through the play scene by scene. Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the tragedy. Teachers can have students read a section of the play, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this study guide.
William Sleator's "Oddballs": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 41,980. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
A major reason to use "Oddballs" in schools is as a model for autobiographical writing. Writing autobiographical essays can be a fun composition assignment, and for some students it can be an art.
Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 79,730. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the novel. Teachers can have students read chapters from the novel, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this discussion guide.
Jonathan Swift's "A Modern Proposal": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 15,350. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This short pamphlet contains Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" and a few anecdotes about Jonathan Swift. It also includes a number of questions and their answers about Jonathan Swift and "A Modest Proposal."
Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 75,140. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the novel. Teachers can have students read chapters from the novel, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this book.
Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 77,690. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This discussion guide will give teachers discussion questions to use in class as well as topics for student papers, both long and short.
Mark Twain's "The Prince and the Pauper": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 59,030. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the novel. Teachers can have students read chapters from the novel, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this book.
Mark Twain's "Adventures of Tom Sawyer": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 59,280. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the novel. Teachers can have students read chapters from the novel, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this book.
Mark Twain Anecdotes and Quotes
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Price: Free! Words: 15,080. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Literary biography
This short 13,000-word pamphlet contains Mark Twain anecdote and quotations and a short biography.
Voltaire's "Candide": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 40,150. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this book useful as a discussion guide for the novel. Teachers can have students read chapters from the short novel, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this study guide.
Dante's "Paradise": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 59,920. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this discussion guide useful. Teachers can have students read cantos from the epic poem, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this discussion guide.
Dante's "Purgatory": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 58,910. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
Teachers may find this discussion guide useful. Teachers can have students read cantos from the epic poem, then teachers can ask students selected questions from this discussion guide.
Dante's "Inferno": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 83,340. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
The purpose of this book is educational. I have read, studied, and taught Dante’s "Divine Comedy," and I wish to pass on what I have learned to other people who are interested in studying Dante’s "Divine Comedy."
Forrest Carter's "The Education of Little Tree": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 19,190. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
This book contains many questions about Forrest Carter’s "The Education of Little Tree" and their answers. I hope that teachers of young adults will find it useful as a guide for discussions. It can also be used for short writing assignments. Students can answer selected questions from this little guide orally or in one or more paragraphs.
Jerry Spinelli's "Stargirl": A Discussion Guide
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Price: Free! Words: 36,920. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Literature
The purpose of this book is educational. I enjoy reading Jerry Spinelli’s "Stargirl," and I believe that it is an excellent book for young adults (and for middle-aged adults such as myself) to read.
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Smashwords book reviews by David Bruce

  • The Princess & the Penis on March 15, 2011

    RJ Silver is a talented writer. He has a light touch and does not write actual pornography, but rather somewhat naughty fairytales.