Today’s post is about a book I hope to read soon. Joan of Arc has always fascinated me, and Over the years, I’ve read several novels, non-fiction books, and student research papers on her life, her “calling,” her mental state and political ambitions. This Scholastic publication, Dove and Sword: A Novel of Joan of Arc  by Nancy Garden,  Publisher’s Weekly says the book “achieves the highest goal of historical fiction.” What this book offers, based on a reading of front and back covers and the “Afterwards” is a well-researched recounting of Joan of Arc’s life and her influence on both politics and religion by a female follower near Joan’s own age.

The cover by Brian Leister, is what first attracted me. It reflects the innocence and purity of the young woman clothed in the armor of the fourteen hundreds.

Oh! I will be so thrilled to accomplish one goal I have set for myself by the end of the summer—learning to show a book’s cover on my blogs. HAPPY READING, EVERYONE!


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."


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