NNT’s review of “Defining New Moon”


Author & friend of Novel Novice, Brian Leaf, recently sent me a copy of his new book, Defining New Moon. I’ve written a full review of the book on Portland Books Examiner, but here is an excerpt: defining new moon

Telling your teenagers to do their homework just got a little easier – thanks to the latest book from author and educator Brian Leaf. His new study guide, Defining New Moon also comes at the perfect time – just as “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” is about to hit theaters.

Leaf’s book is a vocabulary workbook meant to be used alongside Stephenie Meyer’s New Moon, the second book in her best-selling Twilight Saga and also the basis for the movie that opens nationwide on Friday.

Like the first book in the series, Defining New Moon uses vocabulary words pulled directly from Meyer’s book to help kids study for the SAT, ACT, SSAT or GED. Leaf begins each section of the book with a list of words and a corresponding page number from Meyer’s New Moon. He asks students to read the words in context in New Moon, then write their own definition for the word based on how it is used in the original source.

Leaf then provides his own definition – cleverly inserting references to the Twilight world and pop culture, to help students remember the words definitions.

“When teens associate s new word with something they know, it helps them remember the word,” Leaf said in a previous interview with Portland Books Examiner. “Then they can understand, rather than memorize, the word.”

You can read my full review here.

Have you used Defining Twilight or Defining New Moon? Tell us in the comments!


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