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Roald Dahl and the Bad Report Card Factory

This week Penguin imprint Puffin released a new Roald Dahl collection that includes a secret ending to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a fudge recipe, and excerpts from the author’s terrible report cards. Among his collection of bad grades, one teacher called the aspiring writer “consistently idle.”

According to The Missing Golden Ticket and Other Splendiferous Secrets, Dahl’s teacher described the would-be writer in 1931: “A persistent muddler. Vocabulary negligible, sentences malconstructed. He reminds me of a camel.” In 1932, another teacher added more criticism: “This boy is an indolent and illiterate member of the class.”

Penguin has dubbed September Roald Dahl Month, featuring a reading marathon in the writer’s honor. Meet Dahl in the video embedded above, where the author explained witches in a strange television special.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.