This Book is the Property of:

I came across this label in a classroom book the other day. Anyone old enough to remember school textbooks probably remembers these labels affixed to the inside flap:

I remember that we defaced that label wth extreme prejudice, although I cannot recall the exact phrases we invariably used…Maybe something like State: Mental; Province (can’t recall); County: Jail; Parish (can’t recall), etc.

I am curious as to the origin of the label. Why these categories and not others, such as “school number” or “name?

So Many Fish in the Sea

A recent visit to the local Barnes and Noble was almost as good as a trip to the pet store. On the Young Adult table were no less than four books with goldfish on the cover.

  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt;
  • Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper;
  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan; and
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm

I read the last two and liked Counting by 7s the most.

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