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Corner bookmarks slip over the corner of a page, with a little bit sticking out so you know where you left off in your book. The bookmark does not slip or fall out like a regular rectangular bookmark. These bookmarks are good for readers who tend to fold corners to mark pages. Make the bookmark using origami and a single piece of square paper. This bookmark is a beginner origami design.
Writing a scene sequence or book synopsis is recommended for writers looking to land a literary agent. In addition to sending out a query letter, or literary business letter, some agents require the first handful of pages from a book, along with a two-page, single-spaced synopsis. The synopsis allows agents and even the editors of publishing houses to learn about the plot of the book, including turning points as well as the ending. When working on a synopsis, break your book down into 10 to 15 scenes, describing each scene in a single paragraph.
Coptic binding is one of the oldest forms of book binding, dating to Egypt during the Coptic period dating to the third century AD. The simple Coptic stitch, with some modifications, was used for several hundred years after the Coptic period. You can make your own book at home using the Coptic stitch to bind the pages together.
MLA format is the primary writing style used in the humanities and the arts. In MLA format, as in any other manual of style, you must properly quote and cite all texts you use in an academic paper. If you are writing about a play, you will need to use quotes from that play in order to prove points and support your argument. Quoting and citing a play in your paper is similar to quoting a book or novella, but you must be sure to format it properly so that your instructor can reference your quotes easily.
David Cross has become one of the most distinguished voices in comedy. He is most recognized for his role on "Arrested Development," although he also stars in "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret" and "Running Wilde." Although he has not published any novels, he has written a nonfiction collection called "I Drink for a Reason."
The children's book "Kitchen Dance" by Mauie J. Manning is a simple story celebrating family, love and affection.
In one of his most graphic and haunting novels to date, John Grisham's "A Time to Kill" questions whether or not murder is ever completely justified. Tackling themes such as race and class, "A Time to Kill" offers a snapshot of the changing social and political landscape of Mississippi in the late 1970s through early 1990s. The book became a bestseller and was later made into 1996 movie with Matthew McConaughey and Samuel L. Jackson in the main roles.
Jeff Kinney is the author of the children's book series "Diary of a Wimpy Kid." The series is the diary a fictional boy named Greg Heffley. Greg has all the problems of a non-fictional boy. His parents, little brother and best friend often embarrass him. His older brother often bullies him and being popular in middle school is a constant struggle. This series is the most successful project of Kinney's writing career thus far.
George Orwell, in addition to being a respected novelist, was also a prolific essayist on topics as diverse as politics, race, nature and philosophy. In his essay "What Is Science?," first published in 1945, he responds to a letter published in a newspaper about the need for greater scientific education.
If you've ever dreamed about being stuck in a giant peach or lost in a magical candy factory, you've been affected by the imagination and writings of Roald Dahl. Dahl was an author perhaps best known for children's books such as "James and the Giant Peach" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." He also published two memoirs about his life, with the second one entitled "Going Solo."
Friedrich Holderlin's "Hyperion's Song of Fate" is one of the classics of the German Romantic movement. Written in 1799, it is deceptively brief, but it is dense, packed with symbolism. The symbolism deals with the Titans, or Giants, in Greek mythology and their symbolic meaning for living in the period after the French Revolution of 1789.
Danielle Steel has sold nearly 600 million copies of her romance novels, with every one of her novels being a bestseller. "Accident" is Steel's 32nd best-selling novel. It is the powerful and tragic story of a family from Marin County, Calif., that is shattered by a single, life-changing moment.
"The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg" is a short story by Mark Twain that takes place in Hadleyburg, a town known for its honesty and virtue, and follows an elaborate plan to turn that honesty on its ear. The story, in four chapters, was published in the short story collection "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories."
Eric Walters' novel "House Party" offers a cautionary tale to would-be youthful partiers when mom and dad are out of town. Published in 2007, the 102-page story by this best-selling young-adult author shows what happens when a shy girl determined to make some new friends makes a bad decision and must pay the consequences. Ultimately, the character learns a valuable lesson about pretending to be someone that she's not.
"To Dance with the White Dog" is an award-winning 1990 novel by Terry Kay. At its center is a mysterious white dog that appears after Sam Peek's beloved wife of 57 years has died. This novel will appeal to readers who love a poetic use of language and to fans of Southern literature as well as to those who have had or lost a great love or worry too much about an aging parent. The book has parts that will make some readers laugh aloud but also will provoke tears for some.
"Song of the Hummingbird" by Graciela Limon is a 1996 novel about the fall of the Aztecs at the hands of Cortes and the Spanish conquerors, told from the point of view of an indigenous old woman named Huitzitzilin, or "Hummingbird." It is 1582 when she recounts her story to a young monk from Spain who finds that her version of events does not match what he learned in school. His transcription of her story is the device of the book.
If someone came up to you on the street and said "Did you know that the Chronicles of Narnia books end with bloody Armageddon," you'd probably give them a very funny look. That funny look would be unwarranted, however, because that is exactly the subject of "The Last Battle," the eighth and final book in C.S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia" series.
"Pretty Little Liars" is a series of novels for young adults written by Sara Shepard. The books concern the lives of a group of school friends after the leader of their social clique, Alison, disappears. The girls start receiving messages from someone calling themselves "A" who threatens to reveal their secrets. "Wanted" is the eighth book in the "Pretty Little Liars" series and was first released in 2010.
J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit; or There and Back Again," originally published in 1937, serves as an introduction and background story to his later 1950s trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings." "The Hobbit" centers on an unlikely and reluctant hero, Bilbo Baggins, who must suffer trolls, dragons and elves to find his fortune. Spoilers follow.
"The Almost Moon," by Alice Sebold, is a brooding gothic novel about Helen Knightly, who after suffering 49 years of abuse by her mother, Clair, is pushed over the edge and kills her. She drags her mother's corpse to the basement and calls her ex-husband to confess her crimes. Then, as impulsively as she killed her mother, she sleeps with her best friend's 30-year-old son. Helen's actions are explained throughout the rest of the novel.