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CCF Bulletin 6:5
by Olgy Gary, Volume 6, Issue 5
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In this issue: Holiday favorite books & traditions, book reviews by junior and high school students, RSS feeds available for the CCF site and Olgy's blog, guidelines on how to run a critique group, review of "Bella," the #1 top rated movie in the country, and a useful and free program to fight unwanted and unsolicited emails.


  • Image courtesy of A Secret Garden Spa, New Port Richey, Florida, http://www.secretgardenspa.comHoliday Favorites: With the holiday season fast approaching, we wanted to compile a list of favorite books and traditions. Send us your favorites and we'll add them to the list. Use the form we've posted to the article. 
  • Writing contest:  Use this month's "first line" to write your story. The contest is open to kids of all ages, from elementary school students to senior citizens. Both those new to writing as well as published authors are invited to participate. 
  • News:  RSS feeds installed - We've installed an RSS feed on both the CCF site and Olgy's blog.  You can subscribe to these feeds by clicking the orange RSS button on each site.
  • Reporters:  books reviewed by students.
    • In The War of Mirrors, by E. J. Stewart, war breaks out in Larkwood when a mole forces some weasels to look at themselves in a mirror.  They weren't quite ready to see themselves as they really were!
    • Maximum Ride, by James Patterson, is a compelling story about a group of kids that were taken as babies by mad scientists and mutated into bird/human hybrids.
  • Parents:  "Bella," the movie [rated PG-13] - After watching the award-winning film Bella I have mixed feelings about it. Am I glad I saw it? Yes. Would I recommend it to others? My answer would be a qualified yes. I like the movie but not the manner it is being presented, or rather misrepresented, by the media campaign surrounding it.
  • Resources: CCF Writers' Group Guidelines - There are as many ways to run a critique group as there are members who participate in them. We've posted the guidelines used in the Critique/Writers groups CCF sponsors.
  • Blog: 
  • Bestsellers: Booksense Bestseller Lists - Links to the lists are updated regularly

REVISIT OLD FRIENDS: Some of our favorite articles posted over the years.

  • December Holidays can teach kids about giving -  Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa's gift giving times can be used to teach kids about altruism. Kimberly L. Keith's article provides good suggestions and also links to kids' Christmas parties and Take the Book Quiz and find out who you are!projects as well as kids' Hanukkah crafts and projects. 
  • The Book Quiz - Are you a hobbit or a dictionary? Or are you Watership Down? That's what you'll discover when you take The Book Quiz, a fun and interactive online quiz you can take over and over again and, depending on what answers you give, it'll tell you just who you are.

Thank you for subscribing to the CCF Bulletin. Make the CCF site your own! Keep sending us your favorite links, news items, book reviews and questions we can design polls for. It's great to hear from our visitors and post their input to the CCF site. Also, let us know if you notice links that are not working. Let's keep the CCF site free of link rot

All for now,

Olgy Gary, M.A., CCF's General Manager
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