Friday Firstliners or First Line Fridays was started by “Hoarding Books” and encourages readers to copy in the first line or first few lines of a book they are currently reading or intended to read soon.

My choice for this meme is Helen Thorpe’s Just Like Us, a non-fiction book which discovers what coming of age in America is like for Mexican girls.

“Three-quarters of the way through her final year of high school, Marisela Benavidez ran into a problem.  Her father wanted to attend her senior prom.”

If that doesn’t catch the YA audience of Latinas, nothing will, but actually, judging from some university students’ stories of their fathers’ overprotectiveness, this is not unusual!

I hope to start this book this coming weekend.

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus 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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