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Book Trailer Friday: The Book with No Pictures

Book Trailer Friday: The Book with No Pictures

If a Book Trailer Friday is the very thing you expected least today, it’s only in keeping with a trailer for a book you’d expect even least-er. Because it’s a picture book! With no pictures! B.J. Novak’s The Book with No Pictures (Dial) indeed contains zero pictures. Instead, it has a whole bunch of silly words and sounds […]

By October 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Freebie Friday: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on Audio

Freebie Friday: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow on Audio

Washington Irving’s classic tale gets the celebrity treatment in this atmospheric audio narrated by Tom Mison, star of the Sleepy Hollow TV series. Click this link to download to your Kindle Fire, mobile device, tablet or computer’s Audible app. At just over an hour, this makes a great family in-the-car audio or a classroom listen-aloud to connect classic literature […]

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When a Teen’s Parent Really IS a Tyrant: A Good Book for Young Adults to Talk About

When a Teen’s Parent Really IS a Tyrant: A Good Book for Young Adults to Talk About

Lynn: Teens often toss around words such as “tyrant” and “dictator” when describing a parent who has thwarted their plans—but what if a parent really WAS a tyrant, responsible for brutal punishments and the deaths of his countrymen? That’s the unusual premise of The Tyrant’s Daughter (2014).  Fifteen-year-old Laila used to live a cosseted life of luxury […]

Hostile Questions: Chuck Wendig

Hostile Questions: Chuck Wendig

If you frequent the “Inter-Net,” Chuck Wendig is one of those guys you come to be aware of, as one comes to be aware that he or she has allergies or an aversion to fish. Wendig, it turns out, cannot take a breath without having an opinion about it (was it a good breath? a […]

By October 17, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Falling for Paris

Falling for Paris

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. To which I might add: It’s been seventy-five years since we first read of Madeline’s adventures before going to bed. We might associate the City of Light with springtime, but there’s no bad time to visit […]

How Swede It Is: The Origins of Scandinavian Noir

How Swede It Is: The Origins of Scandinavian Noir

If you’re like me, your awareness of the Scandinavian Noir phenomenon probably began with Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy that started with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2008). But that flood of great Scandinavian crime writers that have found their way onto American bookshelves didn’t really begin with Larsson, or even Henning Mankell. It began with […]

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