TUESDAY TEASER

The Purple Booker thought up a popular meme, the Tuesday Teaser. In it one is asked to turn to wherever she is reading in a current book and copy two or so sentences in order to “tease” someone into reading the book.

My Tuesday Teaser for today is from Rick Riordan’s The Devil Went Down to Austin. I am currently on page 219. Detective Lopez is talking to the murder suspect’s brother, Tres Navarro, a private eye. The local police are looking for the body of a woman whose boat has been found drifting.

“I’ll see you later,” Lopez told me. “Go teach your class.” (Tres teaches a history class at UT in Austin to get his mind off the seamier side of PI life.)

“He met my eyes, and just for that moment I saw the anger behind his smile–the offense I’d done him by digging too deep…He was giving me fair warning.”

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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