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. Volume XI Number 6 . . . .November 12, 2004
Liz Gordon loves to write and dreams of becoming a journalist. The first step toward this career goal is writing the advice column for the Bayview High newspaper. In her personal life, things are chaotic. Liz has a crush on Mark, is being tutored in math by Jeff, is just a good friend to Richard.....and then begins to receive e-mail from Shyguy, a secret admirer.
Dear Liz is part of the "Bayview High" series which follows the ups and downs of life as a female high school student: dating, being invited to parties, looking and acting like one of the crowd. Teens today face many challenges and pressures, and these are illustrated through the characters and situations of this fast-paced, interesting novel. Many of the topics and themes would form excellent springboards for class discussions of a variety of relevant topics.
This book is comprised of simple sentences and a low vocabulary level, making it ideal for reluctant readers or readers whose first language isn't English. At the end, a glossary is included of words related to newspapers and journalism. Unlike earlier high-interest/low vocab books, this series is normal paperback size and uses a normal font size. No stigma attached! The cover is attractive but subdued. With just over 100 pages and short chapters, it is ideal for students who have difficulties with reading. Although the plot isn't new or different, the characters are believable and present an honest look at the high school world of today.
Teaching guides are available for novels in this series. They include chapter summaries and suggestions for student activities. Dear Liz is well worth the very reasonable cost and would be a good addition both to elementary and high school libraries or classrooms.
Ann Ketcheson, a former teacher of high school English and French, is currently the teacher-librarian at Peterborough Collegiate, Peterborough, ON.
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