[Susan notes: I am so glad that someone answered the outrageous opinion piece about the books necessary to gain 'world knowledge.' The author of that revealed only that she's drunk way too much Common Core Kool-Aid.
Published in New York Times
To the editor
Re Some Books Are More Equal Than Others (Sunday Review, June 24): Claire Needell Hollander notes that while a 13-year-old may be entranced by "The Hunger Games," he will not gain any "verbal and world knowledge" from the series. But she misses the point: The reader is learning that a book has the power to entrance, something that new readers need to learn and all readers need to be reminded of occasionally.
Laura N. Arneson
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