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Prior to reddit, she spent seven years as a investment partner at Kleiner Perkins. During her two decades in Silicon Valley, she has also worked as a board member, engineering manager, software programmer, and business development executive. She began her career as an attorney in both New York and Hong Kong. She is author of the book "Reset", which recounts her long-time efforts in advocating diversity and inclusion in tech and her own experience with it during her trial against Kleiner Perkins.

Hollywood trailblazer Jada Pinkett Smith has consistently redefined herself and broken boundaries over a career spanning nearly three decades. Her natural poise, unshakable drive and confidence have paved the way for her longtime success as an accomplished actress, producer, director, activist, and humanitarian. Raised in Baltimore by her mother and grandmother, she began studying the performing arts at an early age.

She is currently a co-producer of the critically acclaimed Broadway production of American Son, starring Kerry Washington. Jada, a longtime advocate for human trafficking dedicates her time to humanitarian efforts and continues to be a resounding voice fighting against modern-day slavery.

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She was named to that post in December after spending nearly 15 years at the New York Times, where she led an initiative to expand its audience outside the United States, with an initial focus on Latin America. She began her career as assistant editor and business manager for The Washington D. Lydia was a recipient of the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, in recognition of her travels deep into the war-torn western regions of Sudan to report on the carnage in Darfur. She is the CEO and co-founder of Pymetrics, a company that uses neuroscience and AI to help global clients including Unilever and Accenture match candidates with their ideal jobs, while removing bias from the hiring process.

Corey Rae is a year-old transgender activist, model, and writer living in Los Angeles, CA who works on shattering gender and sexuality stigmas around the transgender community. Corey was born transgender and started her physical transition when she was 15 years old. Shortly after, Corey was crowned the worlds 1st transgender prom queen.

She then went to college and lived stealth for the next five years. Corey continues to open up the conversation and educate others about being transgender through many platforms. She writes a monthly advice column for transgender women on StyleCaster with helpful tips and tricks for everyday life before, during, and after the transition process. She majored in Public Relations and minored in Sociology at Hofstra University and focused on the sociology of gender and sexuality at the University of Amsterdam, where she studied abroad. Knowing that she's become her own dream come true, she now has her sights set on making a monumental difference for the transgender community.

Jana Rich is the founder and CEO of Rich Talent Group, a San Francisco-based executive search firm that partners with today's visionary companies to diversify and build transformative teams that help change the world. For over two decades, Jana has partnered with leading companies, from early stage to Fortune , helping to build teams of proven leaders and diverse thinkers. Before founding Rich Talent Group, Jana spent over eighteen years at two of the world's largest executive search and assessment firms. At Korn Ferry International, Jana launched the industry's first digital recruiting practice in Roads was hired as an American Airlines stewardess in In , her employer implemented a rule that all stewardesses hired after December 1, , would be fired at age 32 because they would be too old for the job by then.

The rule became an industry-wide standard. As a union negotiator and Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles base, she joined the fight against it. In , Roads and Rep. Martha Griffiths wrote a bill to repeal the age rule. In her next move, Roads and other stewardesses held a press conference to publicly protest the age policy and captured national attention. Dusty walked in and filed the first discrimination complaint in the United States on behalf of her colleague, Jean Montague. Martha Griffiths the union was about to strike over the issue. Dusty retired at age Robert is a national criminal justice campaigner and expert working to advance solutions to criminal justice problems through sentencing reform, crime victim advocacy and advancing new safety priorities.

Robert lives in Sacramento, California with his family. She advises a wide range of entertainment, media and consumer product companies, individuals, and organizations on their day-to-day communications activities, including corporate communications, brand strategies, philanthropic efforts, public affairs, events, and crisis management. Sarah brings to her role at The Lede Company over 18 years of PR experience working in the media and entertainment industry.

Prior to that, she worked at Miramax and then The Weinstein Company, where she was the vice president of corporate communications. In , he led the company's transition into original streaming content with the launch of House of Cards, Arrested Development and Orange is the New Black, among numerous other series.

In his role, Sarandos oversees the teams responsible for the acquisition and creation of both original series and original films, globally. With more than 20 years' experience in home entertainment, Ted is recognized in the industry as an innovator in film acquisition and distribution. Ted also has produced or executive produced several award-winning and critically acclaimed documentaries and independent films, including the Emmy-nominated Outrage and Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends.

Ted is married to U. Ambassador Nicole Avant ret. Kendall is an American ice hockey player. In the span of her career, she has captured 19 medals in International Competition. She is a two-time member of the United States Olympic Team. She tied for the team lead in points with 2 goals and 4 assists in 5 games. She recorded 2 goals and one assist and led the team with 21 shots. She was a captain and three-time member of the United States Under National Team and received 2 gold medals and one silver medal. She is currently the all-time leading scorer in tournament history with 33 points 22 goals and 11 assists in 15 games.

The 3-time All-American and 2-time captain finished her collegiate career as the Huskies' all-time leader in points , goals , and single season points In addition, she became the Hockey East all-time leader in career points, career goals, single-season points, single-season goals, points per game and goals per game. Heidi Schreck Playwright and Performer is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. Her other plays include Grand Concourse, which debuted at Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf and theaters all over the country in and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and winner of the Stacey Mindich Lilly Award.

In the fall of , it was produced by New York Theatre Workshop, in an acclaimed run that eventually moved to the Greenwich House Theater. Susan has worked alongside Fortune CEOs and their teams to imagine the future they want to create—then built their strategies, cultures, and human behaviors to make their vision a reality.

She also ran her own marketing and product strategy consulting firm and spent seven years at Apple Computer, where she was Group Manager of Worldwide Product Marketing. Through Responsible Business Leadership, PwC is investing its skills and resources, and working with like-minded clients, to help address inequality and the growing opportunity gap -- critical issues that impact us all. The opportunity gap globally -- those systemic disadvantages that hold people from certain communities back -- has never been bigger, and it continues to grow.

Shabo serves as a trusted resource for policymakers, business leaders, advocates, researchers and the media. She has testified multiple times in the U. Prior to joining the National Partnership, Shabo practiced law, worked as a pollster and political strategist, and served as a staffer in the U. House of Representatives. She holds degrees from Pomona College B. Silverman has over 15 years of experience. She has nearly a decade's worth of experience working in the disability rights movement, serving in a wide variety of roles including case management, marketing, and quality assurance.

Her Pride! Her Voice! Currently, she manages LiveOn, a web-based, anti-suicide campaign aimed at disabled people, for the Center for Disability Rights. She has also served two terms as the Director of Public Relations for Little People of America, the largest support and advocacy group for people with dwarfism in the world.

Her second book is Career GPS. As a nationally respected managerial consultant, Ella has shared her expertise and knowledge on discriminatory barriers in the workplace, strategic leadership, managing inclusion, and work-life balance with corporate leaders across the country. She is considered by industry and the academy to be one of the leading experts in organizational change, and the management of race, gender and class in organizational life.

Smith is an award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist. She recently created shift7, a company driving tech-forward innovation for faster, scaled impact. Smith served as the third U. Smith recruited top tech talent to serve across government collaborating on pressing issues, from data science, AI and open source, to inclusive economic growth and criminal justice reform. Her teams focused on broad capacity building by co-creating all-hands-on-deck initiatives, including the public-private program TechHire, the Computer Science for All initiative, and the Image of STEM campaigns.

Smith was vice president at Google for eleven years leading new business development where she managed early-stage partnerships, pilot explorations and technology licensing across the global engineering and product teams; she led acquisitions of Google Earth, Maps, and Picasa; and later was a VP at Google[x] where she co-created SolveForX and Women Techmakers. Gloria Steinem is a writer, speaker, activist, and feminist organizer. She co-founded New York Magazine and Ms. Magazine, where she remains a consulting editor.

She lives in New York City. Christine holds more than years of marketing, brand and communications experience, from Havaianas, to Adidas and Complex Media. Org and OptionB. Prior to cofounding LeanIn. Org, Thomas cofounded and served on the executive teams of several consumer technology startups. Thomas frequently writes and speaks on issues that affect women and is the host of Tilted, a podcast exploring the intersection of gender and culture.

Diana Trujillo was born and raised in Cali, Colombia. As a young Latina she imagined exploring and traveling through space. Diana is part of the TECHNOLOchicas campaign to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology; a committee member of The Brooke Owens Fellowship, a highly competitive program that provides internship and mentorship to extraordinary undergraduate women seeking careers in aviation or space exploration; and a member of the board of the Columbia Memorial Space Center, a science center open to the public and based in a predominantly Latino community.

She is a recipient of the 22 Mas award, presented by the government of Colombia to the 22 most inspiring Colombians. Aisha Tyler is an award-winning director, actor, comedian, bestselling author, podcaster and activist. Aisha is well-remembered for her character arc on Friends, where she was the first African-American to have a long-standing role on the show.

Currently, she is attached to direct the new Irwin Winkler written and produced action thriller, Vigilante. A San Francisco native, Ms. Lilliana Vazquez is one of the most sought after personalities in the industry, acting as host, influencer, style advisor and producer for the biggest names in entertainment, both on-air and online. As a contributor on NBC's TODAY, Lilliana shares her experiences and expertise with millions of viewers each week where she can be seen covering the latest in technology, business, travel, entertainment and lifestyle.

As a correspondent for Access, Lilliana interviews the biggest names in entertainment and she's the show's secret weapon on Hollywood's most important red carpets like The Golden Globes, The Oscars and The Emmys. In addition to her day job s , Lilliana is the expert producers and executives call, and call back, on entertainment programs, including E! Lilliana has also served as an ambassador, spokesperson, and content creator for some of the most recognized brands in the world. Lilliana currently resides in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan with her husband.

Abby is co-founder of WOLFPACK Endeavor, a training program revolutionizing leadership development in the corporate world by bringing her champion mindset, individualized coaching, and community building to high-potential women. WOLFPACK Endeavor owes its explosive success to Abby's fresh, highly personalized approach of identifying each employee as a leader with untapped skills and power that -- unleashed -- contribute limitless value to the collective. Abby is a sought-after speaker in the areas of leadership, inspiration, family, and health and wellness. Sharon has worked in the criminal justice, domestic violence, mental health, and substance abuse fields and is an advocate and activist worldwide.

Sharon is a motivational speaker who has presented nationwide on prison reform and domestic violence. She was licensed in She currently works in Engine Company , which shares quarters with Ladder Company She has been a member of the department for 18 years and is 1 of only 57 women in a workforce of over 10, firefighters. She recently helped pass New York state legislation to update all references to police and firefighters to be gender neutral and to encourage more women to follow in her footsteps. Named by Adweek as one of the "50 Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media and Tech" as well as one of the top Chief Marketing Technology Officers, Steven has more than two decades of experience at the intersection of technology, entertainment, advertising, media and marketing.

Steven is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of Encantos, a family entertainment and education company building direct-to-consumer brands. He earned a B. The step team was started on the foundation of sisterhood and integrity. She led the team to an undefeated step season all while the Sundance and NAACP award winning documentary step was filmed.

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The founding members were seniors and the film followed their senior year. After the success of the movie and the founding class the team still continues to strive. The ladies are continuing to strive academically and look forward to their opportunity to go to college.

Luvvie Ajayi is a New York Times-bestselling author, speaker and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology, and activism. The book was recently re-released in hardcover with a bonus chapter and is currently being developed into a series for television. Additionally, Luvvie is a sought-after speaker and her cultural criticism, analysis and expertise have taken her all over the world, from the White House to various corporations and stages around the globe Haiti, Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Barbados and Kenya.

She is an avid traveler and her love language is shoes. Nancy made her start as a professional actor and singer, with co-starring roles on Third Rock from the Sun, L. Heat, and a lead role in the comedy pilot, Kinks. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, Tim, and their three children. Prior to Oath and AOL, Armstrong spent almost a decade at Google where he finished as President of the Americas and a member of the global operating committee.

Armstrong started in the media business after college by co-founding a newspaper in Boston, MA and then moving to Internet companies in Seattle, Silicon Valley, and New York. He also serves as a loving husband and dad as well as lacrosse and basketball coach. Armstrong is an avid New England sports fan and Massachusetts native. Named one of 15 Faith Leaders to Watch by the Center for American Progress, Reverend Jennifer Bailey is an ordained minister, public theologian, and national leader in multi-faith movement for justice based.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Faith Matters Network FMN , a people of color led leadership incubator dedicated to catalyzing the voices of emerging justice-centered leaders of faith. In particular, Faith Matters Network centers and celebrates the work of communities whose moral leadership has historically diminished in the United States by prioritizing the work of people of color, women, LGBTQIA people, religious minorities, and low-income communities.

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Bailey is the Co-Founder of the People's Supper, a project that aims to repair the breach in our interpersonal relationships across political, ideological, and identity difference over shared meals. Along the way we have teamed up with ordinary citizens, schools, workplaces, faith communities and neighborhood organizations to model what deep community building looks like in a time of deepening social divides.

Tillett Prize for accomplishments in the study of theology. She writes regularly for a number of publications including On Being, Sojourners, and the Huffington Post. Bailey is an ordained itinerant elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. And in , Joanna led the creation of Centered Leadership at McKinsey with the mission to develop all leaders seeking to transform their organizations and communities.

Joanna has delivered keynotes, led senior discussions, and facilitated executive workshops at over companies, governments, and organizations in more than 20 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, and other western countries. In addition, Joanna has long been a strong advocate for women. Her newest book, Grow Wherever You Work, helps rising leaders accelerate their growth by embracing challenges.

Editions will also be available in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. Annenberg Chair in Communication in July A veteran broadcast journalist and a leader in digital communication, Bay was previously the director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism — Bay came to USC Annenberg from her post as senior editor and senior strategic adviser of The Huffington Post, where she managed editorial content and growth initiatives for the pioneering on-line news site.

Working closely with founders Arianna Huffington and Ken Lerer, she oversaw the launch of over a dozen news, business and lifestyle content verticals including eight metro pages across the country. In addition, she was a special correspondent for Bloomberg TV and host of Women to Watch, a primetime program that profiled the next generation of women leaders in various industries. Marissa Blair is a Virginia native and resident of Charlottesville. She works as a paralegal at the Miller Law Group.

Nadia lives in Denver with her family and her Great Dane, Zacchaeus. Laphonza Butler is the President of SEIU Local — a union uniting the voices of more than , nursing home and home-care workers throughout California. Catchings was a dominating force on the court both in the WNBA and internationally.

In , Catchings created the Catch the Stars Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides Fitness, Literacy and Mentoring programs for youth. Prior to Tennessee, Catchings was a standout high school player. At Duncanville High School in , she became the first athlete male or female to record a quintuple-double. Marcia Clark is the author of seven bestselling legal thrillers and one memoir.

Her most recent series includes Blood Defense, Moral Defense, and recently released Snap Judgment, featuring criminal defense attorney Samantha Brinkman. Marcia is currently working on the fourth installment of the series. A practicing criminal lawyer since , she joined the L. Her 1 New York Times bestselling book on the trial, Without a Doubt, was rereleased as an e-book with a new foreword. Marcia has also been writing for television, and has recently co-written a pilot for ABC with show runners and fellow executive producers Liz Craft and Sarah Fain as well as Laurie Zaks, who executive produces for Mandeville Films.

Dakhil graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in sociology. Glennon is an activist, speaker and thought leader who believes that the journey of the Love Warrior is to rush toward our pain and allow our pain to become our power. Follow glennondoyle to experience her shameless and hilarious writing about faith, mental health, addiction, recovery, social justice, and connection. Kimberly M.

Kim was elected to the top prosecutor post, after claiming victory in a historic election, during a critical time for the criminal justice system in Chicago. Kim took office on Dec. She spent her early childhood growing up in the Cabrini Green public housing complex, raised by her teenage mother and grandmother. Her life experiences gave her insight on the impact of crime, violence and poverty on our communities. That consciousness inspired Kim to pursue a career in public service as she sought to improve life in communities like the one in which she was raised.

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. In The Nest, years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab.

Gordon is a former couples and family therapist and current writer and producer. She currently has multiple projects in development. She resides in Los Angeles. Under Mr. The platform now serves 17 million paying customers in markets worldwide. The company debuted publicly on the New York Stock Exchange in and has more than doubled in value over the past 2 years. The campaign addresses systemic inequality and injustice in the workplace that has kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential.

Windsor, in which the Supreme Court held that a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, leading to marriage equality nationwide. Together with Tina Tchen, Robbie helped to launch TimesUp, a new charitable organization that will provide legal representation to women who have experienced sexual harassment. Robbie currently represents Melanie Kohler, a woman who Hollywood producer, Brett Ratner, sued for defamation.

Along with the new non-profit Integrity First for America, Robbie is also suing more than two dozen Neo-Nazis and white supremacists who are responsible for coordinating the violence that took place in Charlottesville, VA in August Norton , chosen by the L. Times and Ms. Magazine as one of the top 10 books of Andy currently lives in lower Manhattan with his wife and daughter but splits his time between New York City, Los Angeles, and Germany.

MAKERS is an Oath brand focused on empowering women and the next generation through video, sharing the experiences and stories of trailblazing women leaders, past and present. Allie is an industry veteran who has led brand management and marketing strategy for technology-focused organizations for more than fifteen years. She has held leadership positions and taken several tech startups through both IPO and sale including video company InterVU now Akamai , rich media company Unicast now Sizmek , data and social graph company 33Across, and athlete and celebrity endorsement platform company Brand Affinity Technologies.

Allie received her B. Raised in St. Louis, Karlie was discovered at a local charity fashion show at age Through coding camps, career scholarships and a growing community of coders, Kode With Klossy is increasing access to computer science education and opportunity. In , Kode With Klossy expanded to 12 cities across the country and provided learning opportunities in computer science to over young women. Karlie also shares her experiences hosting, modeling, coding, baking and traveling on her YouTube channel, Klossy. Through this platform, Karlie speaks directly to her fanbase, sharing her story and amplifying the stories of others.

Her meteoric social media growth is a testament to the relationship and engagement she has with her fans; counted at over 30 million. Under the deal, Koshy will develop and executive produce original content for the network. Most recently, Liza was seen in a Vogue 73 Questions video, answering questions as herself, and as her alter ego, Jet Packinski. In addition to these roles in film and television, Liza hosted the Golden Globes live pre-show, which had a record-breaking 2.

She has been a brand ambassador for many companies including Beats by Dr. During her career, Krawcheck has a history of turning around and growing troubled businesses, eliminating Wall Street conflicts of interest, and advocating a true client-centered business model. Krawcheck also lends her voice to social media, reaching a network of more 2,, followers on LinkedIn and 53, on Twitter. According to her science teacher the only way is to travel west always keeping ahead of the darkness. Undaunted by this huge challenge, Mariella sets off…. Her adventures are a super science story full of invention from the bestselling creator of Artemis Fowl.

When Grandma arrives to visit Anna and Kasper she brings in her handbag a very unusual travelling companion: the ghost of Grandpa Bert. And with Grandpa Bert comes danger. The Ghost Snatchers are out to get him and Grandma and Anna and Kasper have to their wits about them to stay one step ahead of the two dastardly crooks.

Fun to read and attractively illustrated. More spy caper than ghost story this is a fun adventure for young readers, and one that puts grandparents nicely in the driving seat of the action too. Short chapters and lots of colour illustrations help make this super-readable, and everyone will want to know what happens at the end. Splish, splash, splosh — get yourself a copy. Michael Morpurgo brings the sights, sounds and smells of a hot summer in the English countryside vividly to life.

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This book points out just how wrong they are, countering each anti-book statement page by page in lively, funny text and illustrations. A book to read, and a book to share. Mairi Kidd told The Bookseller. Barrington Stoke worked with the authors and illustrators to ensure that the books are suitable for dyslexic readers and thereby helping more families grow a love of reading.

On the Picture Squirrels She prefers toads of action, like the muscly Larry Lake. Illustrations by Victor Ambrus put the finishing touches to a little gem. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all. About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities. Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page.

They are perfect for 's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers. Interest Age No-one knows better than Julia Donaldson how to tell a story for young readers. There are three fairy tales in this appealing collection, each told simply but with a bounce and narrative brio that will keep the pages turning and readers eager to know what happens next. Colour illustrations by Peter Bailey catch all the atmosphere as well as the action and add to the charm. This bright lively collection is a perfect book for children just reading on their own and ready to build up reading stamina.

Elmo and his sister want to move to the run down house with the overgrown garden. Instead, their parents choose to buy the house next door. Luckily, Elmo and his sister can still play in the jungle as the house remains empty. But, when new owner arrives, it looks as if their fun will be over It's beautifully packaged and illustrated by the wonderful Hannah Shaw.

Mrs Button runs a shop — the nicest thing about it, she says, is the people — Mr Button runs the post office. The story is set in the days before text messages, emails, the internet and if you want to send a message urgently, a telegram is the way to do it. Young Billy Button longs to be a telegram boy, delivering those important messages on a shiny red bicycle. He gets to do it too, breaking a few Royal Mail rules but ensuring two people get to live happily ever after in the process.

Jeremy Strong knows exactly what will make young readers laugh: eccentric characters; zany plots; plenty of slapstick. Alfie Poppleton is a very sensible young man, in marked contrast to his parents, school teachers, town police force and Mayor, who are some of the silliest people ever to grace the pages of a book. With short sentences, lots of repetition, and jolly colour illustrations by Jamie Smith, this is just right for newly independent readers. Interest Age When a tiny dragon escapes from the pages of the story he has been reading, Patrick can hardly believe his eyes.

But when a White Knight on a charger follows, Patrick soon finds himself playing a very big part in the story! One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year - Interest Age When a tiny dragon escapes from the pages of the story he has been reading, Patrick can hardly believe his eyes. Interest Age Everyone knows that footballers are super-superstitious and when things suddenly start going wrong for the Saints, they decide their team is under a curse.

The question is, what can they do to lift it? The action flows, both on the pitch and in the dressing room, and the story feels as real and authentic as a pair of muddy football boots. A winner! So when they notice a sad boy in the audience and find out his granny has gone missing, they set about finding her, using some of their circus skills in the process. The toads provide the backdrop to a thoroughly enjoyable tale of friendship, inter-school horticultural rivalry and the fall and rise of an umbrella emporium. Patrice Lawrence makes sure the storylines leap along nicely and her central characters Leo and Rosa feel like old friends even by chapter two.

A fun, original adventure that will keep everyone hoppy. July Book of the Month A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month July A beautifully told, deeply moving story about how a boy finds a special way of remembering his soldier father. When the council decide to remodel the garden and remove the statue Owen knows that he must take dramatic action. And fast.

The first two stories are genuinely chilling and dark, fortunately the final story takes us back into the sunshine, and a happy ending, if a distinctly uncanny one. Anne Fine is one of our most brilliant authors for children and these stories, simple and super-readable as their sticker says, will stay with readers for far longer than the time it takes to read them. Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category. Click here to view our current selection which is broken down by age range. A brilliantly fun whimsical comedy featuring Tom, Ellie and their cat who are whisked off to stay with the dreaded aunt, aka The Sticky Witch.

To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here. A Dyslexia Friendly title. Funny, surprising, original, it unfolds as smoothly as treacle dripping off a spoon, but much much faster. Written to be super-readable, it is action and fact-filled both, a skilful piece of storytelling that will catch the imagination of all young football fans and give them lots to talk about. Each title has a host of unique accessibility features to offer cracking reads to more children including reluctant and struggling readers and those with dyslexia or visual stress.

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    July Book of the Month Characteristically, Gill Lewis skilfully conjures a vivid sense of landscape and wildlife in a story starring a character driven by her love of wild things and determination to achieve justice for them. Bobbie lives on a sheep farm in the Scottish Highlands with her parents and strong-willed, somewhat eccentric grandma. Can they prove it, and protect the eagle? She also has a commitment to make sure that children of all kinds can find themselves in a story. The touching story tells of how Christmas is made happy for Jake by his friendship with a lost dog.

    For Jake, Christmas is not a time of fun but a time of huge anxiety as he copes with bright lights, loud noises and the unexpected behaviour of others and the changes in routines. But, when he finds a lost dog on the street, the two forge a very special bond. In the little dog Susan, Jake finds a companion who enables him to stay calm and to cope with the things he finds difficult. A beautiful story which is especially suitable for children finding reading stamina. Scott knows that playing Virtual Kombat will put his life in danger, but the only way to destroy the game is from the inside, and he really wants to avenge the death of his friend.

    Chris Bradford is an expert at keeping the tension high and this is page-turning, super-readable adventure. A story that takes real pleasure in words and language, this is a lively and entertaining read. Dilly has a wart. Follow Dilly as he struggles with teasing from other kids and faces life with a wart called George on his knee. Dilly's life was great until he found the wart growing on his knee. When lying doesn't work out and George the wart is revealed to the world, poor Dilly becomes one easy target.

    Can a little bit of magic help Dilly get his life back on track? Beautifully crafted story from a multi award- winning and bestselling author. That luck, together with something he finds on the seabed, changes his life. In this new instalment of witty, sharply observed domestic drama, Mr Peachey has developed a passion — indeed, an obsession — with baking. He is convinced he will win the local bake-off with his entry, a recreation of the Palace of Versailles in gingerbread. His family are only too aware that his skill as a baker falls far short of his ambition. Fortunately, McTavish is prepared to do whatever it takes to save Mr Peachey from disaster and humiliation.

    It stars a group of young footballers, two of whom — the most talented — are refugees, only recently invited to play with West Team Celtic. Our main character, Sam, is happy to accept them into the squad but a boy called Jordan resents anyone who is better than him, and does his best to keep them out of the team.

    The drama of the matches is broken up and balanced via short chapters explaining who refugees are, where they come from, and why — something that makes the book much more than just a sports adventure. Yee haw! But can she keep it secret from her Dad? This is a wonderfully touching and beautifully crafted story about growing up and learning about real life from one of our best-loved authors. In classic Gothic tradition, the narrative is passed from one storyteller to another: three children, neighbours on Weir aka Weird Street share local ghost stories.

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    Not this time. More walked out. But no. They said I needed an open mind. By the time I moved on to showing Internet memes and viral videos more than half the audience was gone. There were good questions from those who remained and even more from a little group who gathered round afterwards, a few sceptical ones challenging some brave believers who had dared remain. Then I looked for the chairman who had introduced me. I felt shaken and exhausted and hoped for support. After all, he must have known when I was invited that I was a vociferous atheist, and since I was invited to talk about memes he must have expected me to mention religions.

    But his face was like thunder. As we left the building, discussing what had happened, I asked him if he was religious. No comfort there! Outside, some young Muslims were waiting for me. I was asked whether a leech looks like an embryo. I staggered up the High Street confused and upset — both at what had happened and at what I had said, and not said. What should I have done? Was I a coward to apologise? Were my attempts to be reasonable the best way of engaging them or just plain cowardice? Should I have said that the Koran, like the Old Testament, is a foul book full of hatred and violence; that they hold the beliefs they do only because they were infected with this horrible religion when they were too young to object?

    That they could escape …? Walking miserably up the High Street I felt profoundly depressed at the state of the world. I learned that Islam has yet another nasty meme-trick to offer — when you are offended put your hands over your ears and run away. These bright, but ignorant, young people must be among the more enlightened of their contemporaries since their parents have been able and willing to send them on this course to learn something new.

    If even they cannot face dissent, or think for themselves, what hope is there for the rest? And what can I do? She is the author of several books including The Meme Machine. What you describe is very scary. Report abuse. Steve Jones told me the same thing happens to him not on the same scale when he lectures to medical students at University College, London.

    Muslim students walk out as soon as he starts talking about evolution. In his case, let me stress again, these are medical students, aspiring to become doctors in Britain. These people who shouted at you after you left the lecture: they are products of a sick society, a sick upbringing. Extraordinary claims require an extraordinary degree of evidence. Bless you in a non-religious sense!

    What infuriatingly moronic person you are. You mock the ignorant for being ignorant. Who is going to view your perspective as anything but antagonistic other than your zealous peers of course if you come at these folk with such belligerence? You were absolutely and obviously not going there with a constructive point. You were simply there to satiate your own vociferous Atheism. You attacked the leavers for not being open minded enough to sit there and listen to your opinion, and by not doing so they have somehow offended your graciousness.

    Once again to re-iterate; if you are so much more knowledgeable than these Theists — as you quite clearly think you are — you should act as such. If someone tells you something you disagree with, the correct response is not to get up and leave: that merely displays your own fear of being proved wrong. Why am I fleeing from these words? Shooting the messenger Mosses? They said you made them feel ignorant. Everyone is ignorant about something.

    In order to not be ignorant at all, you have to be omniscient. If something makes you feel ignorant, it is because you are. That feeling should not be run from, but embraced and filled with knowledge. To feel the burning itch of curiosity requires both that you be ignorant, and that you desire to relinquish your ignorance. If in your heart you believe you already know, or if in your heart you do not wish to know, then your questioning will be purposeless and your skills without direction.

    There is a time to confess your ignorance and a time to relinquish your ignorance. Eliezer S. But stating the same point in several angry paragraphs does nothing to strengthen what seems to be your point: that Ms. Though it seemed plain as day to me, let me remind you succinctly of what Ms. When the best they have as follow-up after having plenty of time to consider their position is asking her if a leech looks like an embryo, well… Report abuse.

    Unbelievable, what a lot of idiots! If the memes spread the ignorance wil decrease. It is really fascinating. Are you implying that simply by disagreeing with this buffoons inability to coherently and constructively debate, I am in some way a Muslim? Allah is no such God, and Muhammed certainly was not a prophet, at least not in my opinion. When did I say that she attacked them? I said she was trying to antagonise them. You attacked the leavers for not being open minded enough to sit there and listen to your opinion… Report abuse.

    Your presumption is wrong Prof Dawkins. I am an avid fan of your works, particularly the Greatest Show on Earth. I love all the progress you have made for the cause of Humanism, but you are also guilty of this fascicle ridiculing of the ignorant. Not everyone has to adhere to empiricism. When I left Islam, I only responded to a slow decaying of the things I saw as misinformation within the Quran, however had I been faced by the current bile spouted by militaristically Atheistic baboons, I dare say the light of being faith-free may never have been cast upon me.

    It is the ignorant who cover their ears and are determined to remain ignorant who deserve to be mocked! Perhaps you are not aware of the Psychological projection you are demonstrating! Patronising drivel like this in the absence of an informed argument, really does show the projection of an ignorant childish mentality, — comically outlined by posturings of adulthood! Some childish posturing postings do deserve mockery! The lecture was on the psychology of memes!

    Perhaps you should start your studies by looking up the word in a dictionary! She was knowingly belligerent towards the ignorant. She may as well have attacked the Amazon dweller for not understanding Wi-Fi. This is the level of ignorance that needs to be addressed. By playing the victim after being deliberately offensive, she is only pleasing her own peers. Temper tantrums from hypocritical boneheads. I would have no time for these ignoramuses. Leave, fine. Go cry a little. But Atran claims, and gives pretty convincing empirical evidence to support that claim, that memes, unlike genes, do not replicate with high fidelity.

    Why should they have to sit through that? And who on Earth is going to sit through a talk where their core belief structure is mocked? Who is going to be enlightened by that? By calling Ms. It is ironic that you then continue to criticise her for being antagonistic! Of course she expected the audience to positively marvel at her wit of mocking them. Why on Earth would respond with wilful ignorance when a person mocks an act they carry out devoutly 5 times a day?

    Because I think there is actually a decent point to be made and that you may have been on the way to making it before you took your detour into Internet troll language. And the point is this: if Ms. Blackmoore is seriously interested in discussions about religion and memes why pick examples that are guaranteed to inflame the audience?

    To make one part of the audience offended and to make another part rally behind her with anti-religious fervor? The point of discussing things like religion and memes scientifically is to try and be objective and rational. Explain how educating people to scientific facts is antagonizing? How do you propose showing someone their worldview is wrong be done in a way that is not going to be taken as antagonizing?

    Also, below you state that empirical knowledge is not the only way to know. Please enlighten us to another way of gaining scientific knowledge and, please, by all means, provide examples. How is any of the below scientific fact? How can you even argue that it is constructive rather than polarising? Memes are about the passing on cultural behaviours. The lecture was about the study of this. This is not how rational debates are conducted. If the speaker was trying to simply point out the shift in cultural behaviours and altering in cultural zeitgeist, then she should have done so.

    We are not limited to imitation, as far as I like to resume: each one of us is a machine of creating meaning, Acculturation and socialization are mechanisms of cultural transmission, and tradition has it s own mechanisms of preservation, besides the values that individuals take as their own. It is out of the question even for E. Wilson to presume that an animal creator of such a complex culture would ever rely only on imitation. Moses, you are confused. She presented examples of some memes. As an interesting example she presented religions. Religions can be viewed as memes if you study them and their effects using the tools of science.

    If her lecture had been about creation myths from the iron age, she could have talked about religions in that light. You are not able to separate the processing of the idea of religion as a meme and the mush of feelings you have about your religion, your dignity, your purpose and all the other brain functions your religion commandeered. It is common among those who are recuperating from religion to have old neural pathways reactivate and pull down all the old feelings of hurt and indignation. In some way it works like cravings for drug abusers. You feel like you are free of the whole mess, and you have left it behind you.

    But if you come into a situation where you feel the familiar tug from the old bottle, or pipe, or religion, you respond by returning to how it used to be. Moses, free yourself from the monkey on your back. Let the hate go. Come out in the sunshine, it is pretty nice out here. You misapprehended belligerance as did the others who walked out. Holding a mirror up to ourselves makes us see things in a new light.

    It works like this Bob Newhart sketch The great bulk of the people laughing at this in the s themselves probably put rolled up leaves in some paper, put it between their lips and set fire to it just like Walt Raleigh. They all laughed at themselves. Imagine this behaviour was not part of your culture.

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    Starting to do it is pretty wacky looking. And your point is what exactly? And the way Dawkins defines replicators they have to replicate with good fidelity as genes do. So the question is: do memes replicate with enough fidelity that they are replicators and hence it makes sense to apply some of the same analyses we use for genes to memes? Dawkins the one time he engaged with me on that issue, I found his response very unconvincing. For Blackmoore memes are — at least I thought — more than just an analogy, they are supposed to be the foundation for an actual scientific theory.

    It is an issue of substance not a tactic! The fact that you fail to recognise it as such, reflects on your lack of comprehension. It is you who are berating her and missing the point and substance of the lecture. Trying or not a point was proved with the audience and you. Is it common practice on the scientific lecture circuit to mock the culture of any minorities in the audience with no prior warning? The Danish cartoons are innocuous to those of us raised with western values and non-Muslims generally. They see reproductions of these drawings on placards and t-shirts whenever the EDL or BNP has a march through their neighborhood.

    They would have been entitled after the cartoon display to wonder what was coming next; a showing of Fitna maybe? It must have come as quite a shock to many of these children , who have presumably done exceptionally well in their A Levels, enough to have earned perhaps a place at one of the greatest Universities in the world, to learn that even in the hallowed halls and rarefied air of Oxford academia there will always be those looking to attack or just mock them because of their background.

    Jeez, you study hard, avoid all the temptations of youth—boyfriends, parties, concerts etc. The library is your second home and Facebook is just something you heard about. You ace your exams and endure sleepless night after sleepless night wondering if you will be called for an interview at the university of your choice. You settle in and…. If the first to walk out tried to do so discreetly, and were challenged by Professor Blackmore to explain themselves, that to me makes her look like the aggressor in this whole business.

    Audiences are good at recognizing when a performer is hostile toward them. Not quite as I presume, have you ever noticed that even when you can compare two different Muslims, two different Christians they value things differently, what means that in our complex culture, people take as their own different values in their own universe as i resume, each one of us is a machine of creating meaning , which does not, of course, refutes, by any means, that we, as a species with a long period of maturation and dependent on socialization have a natural predisposition to learn well, not only as imitation creating stereotypes , but solving problems, and transmitting good ideas rather than bad ones which unfortunately takes so long.

    It would also be nice if those future Muslim doctors understood how pathogens develop resistance to drugs. Like everything in the Koran is true? So she made them feel ignorant? Is that because she made them face their ignorance? You are being abusive. And you are acting enraged by her opinion. In general, I found them to be false. Before anyone jumps on my case. If those diligent students are unable to participate in academic discourse, they ought to go back to their libraries and sleepless nights until they are fit to do so.

    Sorry for opening up with both barrels, but I do so hate snivelling. As with all holy books, the faithful cherry pick the phrases, passages and words that justify their current needs. Depending if I want to entice some ignorant to blow them selves up in a crowd of people, or if I am trying to convince an audience that my particular book of myths is the most peace loving and life affirming text ever written, I choose the passages that validate my assertions.

    Heck, with bible codes I can even justify wearing white socks with black shoes. Katy, Do you think these Muslim student had NO idea what the lecture was going to be about or who was holding it? I thought education was making us face our ignorance. If they plan on going out in the world they better plan on hearing alternate viewpoints. Academic discourse involving racially charged cartoons? If a Jewish student turned up at a lecture on Rodentia and was treated to a slideshow which included images of German propaganda posters from the s depicting Jews as vermin, would you recommend he abandon his academic goals if he elected to storm out?

    Being accepted into a prestigious university like Oxford does show you possess this ability though. Am I the one sniveling? The analogy with genes is a fundamental idea. Yesterday, I was watching again some part of Faith School Menace, considering how patient Professor Dawkins he must be. What a pity the respect even young people show for a Professor I remember when I was young how much respect I had for my teachers, how I admired them and above all, how my mother taught me to have the maximum respect for teachers, how afraid I was not to learn well what some of them were teaching.

    Listening to a researcher scientist, I know that studies concerning learning in both genders are held, even among chimps feminine gender seems more careful in learning. I think you are missing the point. The question is: if your goal is to have a serious scientific discussion why go out of your way to offend part of your audience? The examples could easily have been made with all sorts of other religions, why go to the one that is most likely to inflame both sides of the audience?

    The more I see of the new atheists the more I think they are hypocrites in this regard. They talk about science but when it comes to questions of politics and society they seldom if ever talk about serious research or analytics and go right for the most inflamatory rhetoric. First, she indeed warned those who would potentially be offended by the cartoon that she would indeed be showing something they might deem offensive, then described it so that they could look away if they chose not to see it I warned any devout Muslims in the audience to look away as I showed one of the Danish cartoons.

    I think the students had every reasonable modus to presume what this lecture might entail. A soupcon of research into the lecturer herself might have given them enough info to avoid it like the plague. Even some mild research into the topic might reveal enough to inform them about possible tangents the subject matter might take liberty with. The rest is simple courtesy. Better yet use those A level critical thinking skills to critique the actual lecture.

    Perhaps cook up some questions that have nothing to do with leeches. In general, I think it is better to confront and ask what something means and engage in debate. Germans are a bunch of pretty decent people who fell under the spell of National Socialist ideology. And walking out on a lecture just because you disagree shows that you must have lost this ability right after you were accepted. I think this was not the university proper, but rather an organization that had borrowed the halo with the name. From what I gather, the job of the Oxford Royale Academy is to acclimatize college leavers to University life; give them a taste of what to expect.

    A fresher week sort of thing involving tours of campuses, handing out of bus timetables and reading lists, and attending proper grownup lectures. The job of education is to create productive members of the capitalist mincing machine. The Aristotelian ideal of knowledge for its own sake is long gone. If you say so. It may actually be a detriment to that goal. Have we a good professor to evaluate that? It was a talk about memes, and religions are the most prominent and powerful memes there are. To discuss memes without mentioning religion s would be like talking about the development of the car without mentioning Henry Ford.

    And as some-one? It is hard to muster the charity to feel anything but contempt for these people, so desperate to find scientific vindication of their scripture that they seize upon something as ignominiously unconvincing as the faint resemblance of a leech to an embryo. I feel positively despairing when I think how many people in the world, including in Britain, alas, take their ridiculous religion seriously. Explain how alternate viewpoints could be detrimental? Its easy to corner a person with your viewpoints with your peer group. Its hard to do that when there is a impartial group.

    I question the students waiting for the Professor to come out of the lecture to present their viewpoint. I also suspect these students did not walk into a lecture without knowing who was giving the lecture or the content of the lecture. Are you incapable of thinking for yourself? Get the book and look it up. The Meme Machine, Susan Blackmore, p.

    Simply walking out is a bit limp really, as is resorting to personal insults. That part of the audience has no right to be offended. They are offended, I believe, because they have no defense for their beliefs. The lecturer should have stuck to the academic understanding of memes if that is what she advertised her lecture as. Even in her thought monologue of what she should have said to the muslim students, many of her adjectives show she is less concerned about pointing out the critical thinking issues to the students, and more concerned with voicing her own disgust with their religion.

    I could totally visualise her getting off that bus with her little backpack and everything. That might have been quite enlightening for all concerned! It was a lecture. Not a debate. These were kids , Richard, not forty year olds. Kids are supposed to be stupid and arrogant, even the smart ones. If you were willing to put aside for a moment the contempt you have for these seventeen and eighteen year olds, you might consider what accepting concepts such as evolution really entails for them.

    It could mean complete ostracization from their entire social group. Imagine being seventeen and someone telling you that if you pick box A everything will remain as it is and your support network will continue to embrace you to its bosom; if you go for box B on the other hand your mother, father, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends and community at large will disown you. Your mom will never hug you again, your mates will blank you on the street. No more Christmases or birthday presents.

    There is such a thing as compartmentalization. And dude, calling teenage college students pathetic contemptible bigots… not cool, guy. Not cool at all. I applaud Ms. I keep thinking of what it might be like to approach an audience of years ago with similar information. Or perhaps hundreds more years ago attempting to persuade people of things that may have been considered sorcery. This is important work. HARD work.

    Much more has to be done. They must surely know, even at some deep level of consciousness, that such an argument is ridiculously weak and would have resulted in humiliation. It really is. Unbelievably mind-blowing. We are a species with high plasticty, with individual differences in behaviour besides. You could never consider otherwise Report abuse. If there was a God I believe he would be on the side of the enquiring atheists and agnostics rather than the closed minds of the fervently religious.

    Why would you care whether or not they shared your beliefs. They should learn to laugh at themselves and take themselves less seriously, for all our sakes. None of us can see outside our heads, as you know very well. Everything we see is heavily filtered before we gain consciousness of it. I belong to a bunch of freethinkers here in the States, mostly apostates of one or another branch of Christianity, and despite their newfound atheistic fervor they still think surprisingly like religious people sometimes.

    Looks like you just got unlucky and met a bunch of people not yet fully recovered if indeed ANY of us are fully recovered. They just behaved the way people with cognitive dissonance always do. Perhaps when the reactive anger had subsided, one or two of them actually started to question their assumptions a bit.

    I gave a talk about AI to some people at the ICA once, and was completely taken aback when they started shouting about government conspiracies and getting all upset about what we evil scientists were doing. I was instantly transformed from Dr. Evil into someone cool. It just goes to show… Report abuse. They could at least glance at Box B, or perhaps even acknowledge that there is a Box B. Arguing that it could not be otherwise, cultural memes could never be eternally replicated without change, because:.

    I didn t know my previous comment now edited was published, I touched the button without noticing Report abuse. I have just Googles the institution. She holds memes to be true evolutionary replicators, undergoing evolutionary change. She is also highly regarded within the skeptic movement. If a bunch of wannabe Uni. Sixty-nine comments are a lot to go through on the spur of the moment.

    This case represents the privileged status of religion in the hearts and minds of the community. We may wish it were not so, but it is. Believers of all stripes react emotionally. I would like to think that the audience would listen attentively and dispassionately but my experience of life tells me that this would not happen!

    I don t have such a huge library at home, and actually I am not at home besides, would you be enough kind to quote? Ooh, I missed this bit on the first reading. Only parents with fu king scary, antisocial kids pay to send the little psychos off to Awareness Camp. In a perfect world!

    People are tied to their beliefs! I would have surreptitiously slipped in a few references under the radar if possible. The summer school includes Med. Perhaps the fidelity needed to interpret sacred scriptures is not the same as calculating every steps of lading on Mars, some would never get there if they thought of dismissing scientific culture. But, I would never mind if part of scriptures are interpreted differently, it makes no difference whatsoever. An argument is invalid regardless of whether you call it science or philosophy.

    And in the Forward to The Meme Machine p. XV Richard Dawkins says:. Can it lead us to powerful new theories that actually explain anything important? Whether you call it philosophy or psychology those words sound like someone who is taking it seriously as a theoretical construct and thus should be open to questions about how the idea stands up to empirical tests. See the quote from Dawkins forward to the Meme Machine in another comment I just posted. Has anyone considered that this might have been a pre-organised group walk-out?

    They may have simply waited for the first person to send the signal to walk and then they followed. It seems to have been mostly Muslims. Perhaps they all attend the same mosque. You miss the whole point of what Blackmore, Dawkins, etc. The whole point is that memes are like genes and so the deep science we know about how genes replicate may give us insight for studying how ideas percolate through culture. If a meme is fundamentally different than a gene in that sense then the foundation for everything that might come after, e. If you read what Dawkins has written about Memes e.

    And notice that neither Blackmore nor Dawkins bothers to respond to my comments. Wrong Report abuse. I say this as a pretty hardline atheist and a pretty liberal liberal. A pretty good one, I like to think. Teachers who care more about demonstrating their own intelligence than sharing knowledge. Did you think that the use of such obviously inflammatory language would provoke introspection and inquiry? Measured debate?

    Yes, Professor, you are smarter than these students. Well done. But this is not how we change minds. Like Professor Dawkins, who I once idolized and now recognize as doing more harm than good for a good cause. Generation after generation, there will be more rational skeptics, atheists, etc. But it will be because of the Sagans and the deGrasse Tysons. It will be because of humble teachers who value the learning of their students over the worship of their own egos.

    Sounds like the same imposter. Just on the old site. Why is it so difficult to separate an avatar name with the real name? I felt remorseful at the time, but afterwards I thought about it and remorse turned to anger. Anger at the girl herself for being so weedy. What the hell did she think a university was for, if not to encourage her to think in new and unfamiliar ways, going beyond what she was exposed to when living with her ridiculous family? All I did was lay out the facts of evolution and the evidence for it, in unemotional, scientific terms.

    And that was enough to make the little fool cry. That comment was clearly a fake; the genuine article would never say something as vile as that about a teenage girl. I still think the Richard on this and other recent threads is the real deal. You are beginning to win me round though. Someone here said that Richard recently tweeted in defense of a bunch of racist scumbags who smeared bacon grease on the walls of a British mosque. And the endorsement of the reptile Pat Condell. Richard has been replaced by a replicant programmed to say awful, illiberal things in an effort to discredit the New Atheist movement.

    Sounds orchestrated to me. I admit I have a problem being critical and at times socially inept…but she went far over the line into disrespect. When will people realize that you will have a harder time winning people over with vinegar? She could have approached the topic in a multitude of ways. Being able to predict inevitable responses takes social intelligence.

    Why do people seem so shocked that people respond with offense? Thanks Robert. At times discretion is called for. Thanks once again. And try to imagine a lecture hall filled with professors whose main goal was not to offend. That would be reorganizing the village to suit the idiot.

    Second, I recall a day in college when I flubbed a golf ball into a small pond in front of a green. I took off the spikes and socks, rolled up my pants legs and waded in to retrieve it. I got mine and feeling around with my toes I found several others so my round could continue! Upon wading back out I looked down in horror at the leeches on my feet and ankles. It is simply chilling, but not surprising I was once one of them. But dogmatism is often reversible through education, maturation, experience, so there is hope for these young minds.

    There is hope!