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Harper Lee’s Sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird Will Be Released This Summer

The notoriously press-shy author says book, written in the mid-1950s, will once again feature Scout and her father, Atticus Finch.

Today, the AP reports that the publisher Harper will release a sequel of sorts to To Kill a Mockingbird. And, unlike the many poorly thought-out sequels and franchises to which we’ve become inured, this novel actually sounds like it will be worth a damn.

Nelle Harper Lee. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

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Why Schools Should Still Teach Jules Verne

It's Jules Verne's 183rd birthday and the works of the classic French author are more relevant than ever to the 21st century lives of U.S. students.


Today is author Jules Verne's 183rd birthday. In his honor, fans of his work have boosted him into the top trending topics on Twitter, and Google even morphed its logo into an animated underwater scene from his classic novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. But, in an era of pre-packaged reading programs, curricula driven by high-stakes testing, and kids hooked on Twilight, do today's schools even teach Verne's books anymore?

If they're not, they should be. While the relevancy of some classics—like J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Ryeis being questioned, Verne's books seem more applicable than ever to the 21st century lives of students.

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