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Back to School: Ease the Pain with Shmoop

  (August 30, 2011)

Mountain View, CA (PRWEB) August 30, 2011

While the student and teacher population were off on summer vacation, Shmoopers (who are pale even at the end of August) were hard at work in the mountain shafts mining literary gems for intellectual consumption. Some nuggets Shmoop proudly present to students and teachers alike in honor of the first weeks back.

From the Young Adult Files:

The Graveyard Book is the story of Nobody Bod Owens, an orphan who is raised in a graveyard by dead people and supernatural beings. As students might have already guessed, the author admits that he was really, really into The Jungle Book.

From Lit:

Love in the Time of Cholera seems infinitely relatable to the high school condition. Even as the characters in the novel age, their thoughts, feelings, and interactions are so familiar to society today. Florentino constantly has love on the brain.

Is there anything that will impress the ladies or gents more than a claim that you have actually read and understood the great masterwork of Western literature? Imagine cruising the night scene with some prepared segues: "Oh, really? That's very interesting. It's just like Tolstoy writes in War and Peace.

From Bestsellers:

Here is the situation in Enders Game: After aliens attack Earth, the government decides to train some special kids in how to defeat the aliens. This training is done primarily through playing games. Awesome.

From Poetry:

"The Charge of the Light Brigade" is a serious classic, one of the most famous war poems of all time. That means that generations of people have turned to this poem as a way to celebrate heroism.

From Shakespeare:

Still want that last bit of summer?

Like the modern-day romantic comedy genre it's helped to shape and influence, A Midsummer Night's Dream features young lovers who fall comically in and out of love in a ridiculously brief period of time (over the course of a single, enchanted midsummer night).
Of course, we have much beyond the world of lit.

For College:

Not counting on the stock market gains to pay for college? Nobody can. Check out Shmoops Guide to College Admissions, including financial aid and scholarships. Have Mom and Dad take a look at how to save for college while working on that application.

From History:

If you believe love is a battlefield, check out some new areas on Shmoop, which features, of course, battles.
In case you were curious about the battles we are still fighting, Shmoop takes a look at the War on Terror.

We also have our first foray into video. Let us know what we should do for our second.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, SAT, and Teachers Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 10,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards and was named Best in Tech for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, Calif.


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