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Video Sunday: “Luke, I Am Your Father” (in a manner of speaking)

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I’m a chick who loves Star Wars.  I’m not ashamed of the fact.  Feminist icon Princess Leia?  I can get behind that (gold bikini or no).  So when I saw a galley for that AMAZING Star Wars children’s book coming out with art from the original concept artist Ralph McQuarrie, I was blown away.  Here, [...]

The New National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature: Who’s It Gonna Be?

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There must be a psychological disorder associated with an extreme preference for speculation over cold hard facts.  Or, at the very least, a layman’s term for it.  But until I research this fully, let us indulge my proclivities and talk a little about the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature and all that it entails.  [...]

Fusenews: Honest Toddlers and Awesome Amish

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First off, I have to suspect that after this week my blogging stats will be fairly healthy.  First I wondered whither the 2013 middle grade black boys and then Sophie Blackall let me become the repository for some truly fantastic stories.  Doubling back to that question about diversity in 2013 middle grades, author Varian Johnson [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #4: The Giver by Lois Lowry

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#4 The Giver by Lois Lowry (1993) 260 points The original dystopian. – Jennifer Padgett My 7th grade teacher, Mrs. Morgan, read this aloud to us. My best friend and I checked a copy out of the library and finished it on a sleepover, sharing a single copy until we finished it because we could [...]

Top 100 Children’s Novels #50: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

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#50 Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (1989) 42 points Previously #56, Lowry’s classic stays at pretty much the same spot on both the old and the new list.  And why not?  A beautiful book that deserves to be remembered. The plot from the publisher reads, “Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen [...]

Fifty Years is Just a Wrinkle in Time: A Panel to Beat All Panels

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Fifty years ago Madeline L’Engle published her best known creation A Wrinkle in Time.  Since its release the book has gone on to be one of those rare titles that can get away with being part fantasy, part science fiction, and part religious allegory.  All that and it’s interesting to boot.  Not surprisingly Macmillan (the [...]

Fusenews: “Don’t Let the Pigeon Die Alone”

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I hope you all took the time to notice the magnificent One Shot World Tour: City Living conducted by any number of our best bloggers in the biz.  I had every intention of participating and then lost my head.  Fortunately there are folks out there far more reliable than myself for this kind of thing.  [...]

Review of the Day: The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales By Chris Van Allsburg and more Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $24.99 ISBN: 978-0547548104 Ages 9-12 On shelves October 25, 2011 Chris Van Allsburg has always been the Rod Serling of the children’s literary world. Of that there can be no question. With no other author, [...]

Video Sunday: Enter favorite Monty Python sketch title here

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Jules over at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast alerted me to this trailer and her timing was good as I was just beginning the book myself.  This will prove to be one of the more interesting titles of the year.  It is, you see, divisive.  Some folks already adore it, and I’ve encountered a few [...]

Fusenews: Time to class the joint up

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Nice movie poster, right?  Wouldn’t look too shabby in your local cineplex.  Well, don’t get too excited quite yet.  It seems that Sean Astin (a.k.a. Sam from the Lord of the Rings trilogy) is raising money to start production on this film, to be shot in Denmark.  Lowry reports on the process, though she is [...]