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Greetings.? One of my teachers told me about this terrific little book, The 
Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett.? It's about the Queen of England, who kind of 
stumbles onto the book mobile out back of the Castle, borrows a book out of a sense 
of duty, and suddenly discovers the astonishingly wonderful world of reading.

It's only 120 pages long, it is hilarious, and fascinating to watch her love affair 
with reading develop and to notice the changes that reading makes in her 
personality and in her life.

At one point, she discusses how she figures out a system to put a book up under the 
door of her carriage so she can maintain the illusion of waving at her 
constituents, but in reality she is reading.

If you love to read, you would love this little book. 

Elizabeth Kamke?? Librarian
St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute
845 Kenmore Avenue
Buffalo, NY? 14223

"'Books are wonderful, aren't they?' she said to the vice-chancellor, who concurred.
'At the risk of sounding like a piece of steak,' she said, 'they tenderise one.'"
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

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