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Too Cool for Boarding School: Nine Books for the Undersupervised

Too Cool for Boarding School: Nine Books for the Undersupervised

Precocious amateur PI, Flavia de Luce, returns in the seventh installment of Alan Bradley’s best-selling mystery series, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust. Now a mature twelve-year-old, Flavia is sent to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Canada. Naturally, trouble follows. From Jane Eyre to Harry Potter, boarding schools are great backdrops for exploring independence, self-discovery, […]

Great Books for Children and Young Adults: Our Favorites from 2014

Great Books for Children and Young Adults: Our Favorites from 2014

It’s So Hard to Choose . . .  Cindy and Lynn: It’s that time again! We have to join the fray and list our favorite books of 2014. Some of these are surely award contenders, others are just personal favorites that we think are worthy of highlighting at year’s end. Some we blogged and some […]

A Dark Harvest for Kansas Day

A Dark Harvest for Kansas Day

Cold Blood and Dark Places? I’ve a Feeling We’re in Kansas As Kansas natives, my husband and I have been known to befuddle our neighbors with Kansas Day parties that include crossword puzzles and Kansas-based Jeopardy games with clues about notable Kansans such as Langston Hughes, Buster Keaton, Zasu Pitts, Milton Stone (Doc on Gunsmoke), President […]

By January 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Book Trailer Thursday: The Mime Order

Book Trailer Thursday: The Mime Order

Today’s BTT promises a mash-up: “A Clockwork Orange meets A Tale of Two Cities meets Harry Potter in this clever, caring, and spellbinding tale, which promises more to come,” wrote Donna Seaman in her starred review of Samantha Shannon’s The Mime Order (Bloomsbury), the high-demand follow-up to her 2013 debut, The Bone Season. (And if […]

By January 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Understanding Ferguson: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time

Understanding Ferguson: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time

Reading James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time (1962) has been revelatory. Baldwin never minced words and his appraisal of the racism of his time is directly linked to ours and the protests in Ferguson. It’s a short book that I highly recommend. James Baldwin was the American author of such classic works as Go Tell It […]

By January 22, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Webcomics Wednesday: Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant

Webcomics Wednesday: Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant

I’ve been tossing this particular webcomic around the old brain box whenever a fortnightly Wednesday rolls around because I’ve been a fan of Beaton and Hark! A Vagrant since long before I had even heard the word Booklist, but I’ve been worried that all I’ll be able to muster up about it is embarrassing, blithering fanaticism.  So far, I’ve […]

By January 21, 2015 0 Comments Read More →