Critical Linking: July 6, 2014

Citing language deemed inappropriate for entering freshmen, Cape Henlopen school board has removed “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” from the district’s summer reading list.

The book was part of a 10-book list given to district middle school students entering high school in the fall and taking college prep and honors classes. The list, called the Blue Hen List, is a collection of books deemed age-appropriate by state librarians from across the state.

The board voted 6-1 in favor of removing the book from the list during its June 12 meeting. 

Interesting that the only book to be removed from the list — one which has plenty of books that use profanity — is the one where the main character is not heterosexual.

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[T]he Celebrity 100 measures earnings and fame to rank the 100 most powerful personalities in the worlds of movies, TV, books, sports, music and modeling. Our earnings estimates are based on dozens of conversations with agents, producers, lawyers and other in-the-know folks. We don’t deduct for taxes, agent fees or the other costs of being a celebrity.

It is really interesting to see the number of Young Adult authors who are cracking the Celebrity 100 list at Forbes. Also, 8.5 million copies of John Green and Veronica Roth books sold in 2013 is massively impressive.

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“Amazon is spreading its roots beyond its core of online retail, yet the impact this Seattle-based behemoth has had on the changing face of retail is unmistakable. Breaking into the top 10 is an impressive feat that speaks to Amazon.com’s growth,” STORES editor Susan Reda said in a statement Thursday. “Notable as that is, brick-and-mortar retailers are keeping pace by continuously reinventing themselves to better serve today’s anything-anywhere shopper.”

However you feel about the company, it keeps growing: Amazon’s cracked the top 10 largest US companies list.

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These book benches around London are pretty fantastic. The survey results about children and reading are well worth reading, too.

 

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