Friday, October 11, 2019

Book Beginnings: The Preserve by Steve Anderson and Choosing Diversity Diversity by Lance Izumi


Please pardon my delay this week. I was arguing an appeal yesterday in the Oregon Court of Appeals, which is not my usual law work, and I forgot to post Book Beginnings. I only just realized this morning that I forgot to put my post up yesterday.

I have two book beginnings this week because I am still working my way through the stack of new books on my desk.


Wendell Lett had tried to catch up on his sleep but only ended up in another nightmare episode.

-- The Preserve by Steve Anderson. This fast-paced thriller is set in Hawaii just after WWII and is based on true events. Wendall Lett is a war hero and deserter trying to cure his combat trauma at The Preserve. But his sanctuary turns deadly when he discovers a secret plot that runs all the way to General Douglas MacArthur.

Allan Pickens's life was in a downward spiral. Not only had there been constant physical conflict in his school life, violence was claiming those he knew.

-- Choosing Diversity: How Charter Schools Promote Diverse Learning Models and Meet the Diverse Needs of Parents and Children by Lance Izumi. This book profiles 13 charter schools with different approaches, methods, and experiences available to families.

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading or featuring, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.


From The Preserve:

Two men approached, the athletic types with angular faces, their expressions relaxed. They wore Army coveralls like mechanics or tankers, but their khaki was spotless, with creases even.

From Choosing Diversity:
For the students at the online high school, there is a large common area where they can do their self-directed learning activities. There are always credentialed teachers in there, a couple of lab supervisors, and support staff if needed.


  1. You have a diverse selection of books today. I would like to read both of them. We have a number of charter schools in our area and it would be interesting to see how they compare to the ones picked in the book.

  2. Interesting reads!! I added you to the linky. Happy CDN Thanksgiving weekend!

  3. Two more interesting reads! Happy Weekend.


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