During my eight years as a special education teacher, I frequently worked with high school students who struggled to be independent readers, due to disabilities and weak decoding and fluency skills. For them, reading meant devoting their energy to decoding the text, leaving no room for expressive reading. Read more
Darius Kellner has never fit in. His mom is Iranian, and his dad is white. He doesnâ€™t really speak Farsi, but his little sister, Laleh, does. Heâ€™s into Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, and tea. Not many people at his high school in Portland, Oregon, share those interests. He also has depression, which doesnâ€™t make anything easier. Read more
This PRHA Contributor is Keir Graff. He is the author of The Phantom Tower.
Hereâ€™s the conundrum: as a writer, I craft my words for their effect on strangers, but I canâ€™t read my own writing the way those strangers can. Read more
Truly good audiobooks melt the ordinary world into an inconsequential puddle. The combined skill of author and narratorÂ stimulate our senses to believe weâ€™re seeing new sights, smelling imaginary scents, willingly traveling with characters wherever they may lead. Read more