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As Deanna described her son's latest interest in reading and his responses to what he read, we marveled at how far he had come as a reader in the past few years. That morning, Deanna had watched 11 year old McKenzie as he searched in total absorption for clues to decode the alphabetic runes in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings (1974). Already, she noted, his compiled dictionary of runes was so complete that he could write decipherable messages to family and friends.

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