In Mrs Tully s Room

  • Filename: in-mrs-tully-s-room.
  • ISBN: 9780674041882
  • Release Date: 2009-06-30
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Vivian Gussin PALEY
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

"In Mrs. Tully's Room" makes a quiet but powerful case for the pedagogical skill and psychological insight that childcare providers--so often underpaid and undervalued--can bring to their work. It also emphasizes how warm, quasi-familial, even mentoring relationships can develop between childcare providers and their preschool families.

Long Arm Quarterback

  • Filename: long-arm-quarterback.
  • ISBN: 9781599531144
  • Release Date: 2007-07-01
  • Number of pages: 113
  • Author: Matt Christopher
  • Publisher: Norwood House Press

"Twelve-year-old Cap Wadell wants to play on a "real" football team, but his middle school in a small Texas town does not have enough players until his grandfather revives interest in the game of six-man football"--Provided by publisher.

The Dark Unwinding

  • Filename: the-dark-unwinding.
  • ISBN: 9780545469647
  • Release Date: 2012-09-01
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Sharon Cameron
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.

From the award-winning author of Rook comes a delicious and twisty tale, filled with spine-tingling intrigue, juicy romance, and dangerous family secrets. When a rumor that her uncle is squandering away the family fortune surfaces, Katharine Tulman is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of childlike rules, who is employing a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London. Katharine becomes torn between protecting her own livelihood and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply -- a conflict made more complicated by her developing feelings for her uncle's handsome apprentice. As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle's world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it. With twists and turns at every corner, this extraordinary adventure will captivate readers with its thrills and romance.


  • Filename: the-boy-who-would-be-a-helicopter.
  • ISBN: 0674080319
  • Release Date: 1990
  • Number of pages: 163
  • Author: Vivian Gussin PALEY
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

A 1989 MacArthur Award recipient and kindergarten teacher examines the role of stories and storytelling in teaching young children and addresses the development of culture in the classroom


  • Filename: the-girl-with-the-brown-crayon.
  • ISBN: 0674354427
  • Release Date: 1998-09
  • Number of pages: 99
  • Author: Vivian Gussin PALEY
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

This simple, personal tale tells a story of self-discovery--through the thoughts and blossoming spirit of Reeny, a little girl with a fondness for the color brown and an astonishing sense of herself. Paley interweaves the themes of race, identity, gender, and the essential human needs to create and to belong.

You Can t Say You Can t Play

  • Filename: you-can-t-say-you-can-t-play.
  • ISBN: 0674041763
  • Release Date: 2009-06-01
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Author: Vivian Gussin Paley
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press

Who of us cannot remember the pain and humiliation of being rejected by our classmates? However thick-skinned or immune to such assaults we may become as adults, the memory of those early exclusions is as palpable to each of us today as it is common to human experience. We remember the uncertainty of separating from our home and entering school as strangers and, more than the relief of making friends, we recall the cruel moments of our own isolation as well as those children we knew were destined to remain strangers. In this book Vivian Paley employs a unique strategy to probe the moral dimensions of the classroom. She departs from her previous work by extending her analysis to children through the fifth grade, all the while weaving remarkable fairy tale into her narrative description. Paley introduces a new rule-"You can't say you can't play"-to her kindergarten classroom and solicits the opinions of older children regarding the fairness of such a rule. We hear from those who are rejected as well as those who do the rejecting. One child, objecting to the rule, says, "It will be fairer, but how are we going to have any fun?" Another child defends the principle of classroom bosses as a more benign way of excluding the unwanted. In a brilliant twist, Faley mixes fantasy and reality, and introduces a new voice into the debate: Magpie, a magical bird, who brings lonely people to a place where a full share of the sun is rightfully theirs. Myth and morality begin to proclaim the same message and the schoolhouse will be the crucible in which the new order is tried. A struggle ensues and even the Magpie stories cannot avoid the scrutiny of this merciless pack of social philosophers who will not be easily caught in a morality tale. "You Can't Say You Can't Play" speaks to some of our most deeply held beliefs. Is exclusivity part of human nature? Can we legislate fairness and still nurture creativity and individuality? Can children be freed from the habit of rejection? These are some of the questions. The answers are to be found in the words of Paley's schoolchildren and in the wisdom of their teacher who respectfully listens to them.

Firefly Lane

  • Filename: firefly-lane.
  • ISBN: 9781447241577
  • Release Date: 2013-07-18
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Kristin Hannah
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan

A coming of age novel about a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by their choices. It is 1974 and the summer of love is finally drawing to a close. The flower children are starting to realise that you cannot survive on peace and love alone. Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the secondary school social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the ‘coolest girl in the world’, Tully Hart – the girl all the boys want to know - moves in across the street and wants to be her best friend. Tully and Kate became inseparable and by summer’s end they made a pact to be ‘best friends forever’. For thirty years Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship, jealousy, anger, hurt and resentment. Tully will follow her ambition to find fame and success. Kate knows that all she wants is to fall in love and have a family. What she doesn’t know is how being a wife and a mother will change her. They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart. But when tragedy strikes, can the bonds of friendship survive? Or is it the one hurdle than even a lifelong friendship cannot overcome. FIREFLY LANE is a book for every woman who knows that her best friend is the only person who really, truly, knows her. And it is a book she will never forget.

Miss Nelson is Missing

  • Filename: miss-nelson-is-missing.
  • ISBN: 0395401461
  • Release Date: 1977
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Harry Allard
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The arrival of a strict substitute convinces Miss Nelson's students that they must get their teacher back.

No Full Stops In India

  • Filename: no-full-stops-in-india.
  • ISBN: 9788184759037
  • Release Date: 2000-10-14
  • Number of pages: 356
  • Author: Mark Tully
  • Publisher: Penguin UK

India’s Westernized elite, cut off from local traditions, ‘want to write a full stop in a land where there are no full stops’. From that striking insight Mark Tully has woven a superb series of ‘stories’ which explore Calcutta, from the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad (probably the biggest religious festival in the world) to the televising of a Hindu epic. Throughout, he combines analysis of major issues with a feel for the fine texture and human realities of Indian life. The result is a revelation. 'The ten essays, written with clarity, warmth of feeling and critical balance and understanding, provide as lively a view as one can hope for of the panorama of India.’ K. Natwar-Singh in the Financial Times

The Heart of India

  • Filename: the-heart-of-india.
  • ISBN: 9788184759068
  • Release Date: 2000-10-14
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Mark Tully
  • Publisher: Penguin UK

Stories of depth and eloquence that take us to the very heart of the Indian experience For more than twenty years Mark Tully was the BBC Chief of Bureau in Delhi and his name and his voice became synonymous with the country he had made his home. For years he sent back dispatches interpreting the subcontinent to the outside world, but the 'truth' of India is remarkably resistant to reportage. Imbued with his love for India and informed by his vast experience, Mark Tully has woven together a series of extraordinary stories. All the stories are set in Uttar Pradesh and tell of very different lives. Of a barren wife who visits a holy man and subsequently conceives—but is it a miracle or something more worldly? Of a son's carefully laid plot to take revenge against his father's murderer, with a surprising twist when his case comes to court. Of a daughter, persuaded by her friends to spurn an arranged marriage, whose romance ends in blackmail. Of a man's inability to overcome the conventions of caste and go into business, which leads to his wife breaking purdah and taking control of the family. In these and in other stories, Mark Tully delicately probes the nuances of life in India.

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