The Halloween Tree—Book Review

As always, book reviews are spoiler-free, designed to highlight the the best qualities of a book and examine its weaknesses. The Halloween Tree is a children's book by Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451. The story follows eight boys on a cinematic adventure through time and place on Halloween night. Here's what you should know: Read Aloud—The Halloween Tree begs... Continue Reading →

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The Rithmatist — Book Review

The Rithmatist is a YA novel by Brandon Sanderson. The story is set in a steam-punk alternative United States, called the United Isles, where magic-wielding rithmatists protect the people from creatures called chalklings. I will admit, seeing that past sentence in letters on the page makes the book sound super nerdy. Any I suppose it is.... Continue Reading →

Foxed-Boxed (A Square Poem)

Mathematics and Language. Like mustard and custard, they should never be mixed. Or should they? Yesterday I came across a form of poetry which draws from both worlds: Mathematics and Language. Written by the beloved children's author and mathematician Lewis Carroll, "A square poem" (found here) can be read either vertically or horizotally. Fascinated, I... Continue Reading →

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