Book Review: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary

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Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary I should have read this book 20 years ago. This story about a lonely boy, learning to live with his parents’ divorce, going to a new school where he has no friends, and making his first efforts as a writer, won the Newbery Medal in 1984–the year my parents split up. In lots of ways, it’s like reading the story of my life; but obviously it isn’t about me, ... Read More »

Book Review: Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis

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I know a Christian man–I am not sure I would call him a good Christian man, but I won’t deny that he is a sincere one–who raised his sons forbidding them to own or read books about magic, mythology, or science fiction. He was so strict about it that when one of his sons (who rather liked sci-fi and fantasy) went out of town for the summer, he raided the boy’s bedroom and threw out ... Read More »

Book Review: Green Boy by Susan Cooper

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Green Boy by Susan Cooper Trey is very protective of his sensitive, mute little brother, Lou. They live with their grandparents on an outer island of the Bahamas, from which they often cross to an uninhabited isle to look at shells, birds, and fish. But now Long Pond Cay is threatened by powerful developers who want to build a hotel and casino on the spot and spoil all the beauty and life that is there. ... Read More »

Book Review: …and now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide and Dirk Gently Series by Douglas Adams

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It took me a long time to catch on to this series of cult favorites. The first time I was aware of it was when I knew a couple of weird guys in high school who treated these philosophical, sci-fi spoof novels as their religious scriptures. That kind of turned me off. Then I got hold of the books in college and had such a good time reading them, my roommate thought I was weird. I actually ... Read More »

Book Review: Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde

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Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde This second of the “Thursday Next” adventures that began with The Eyre Affair is exciting, funny and mentally engaging. A romp in an alternative-1985 England, where there are no airplanes and Germany did not lose in World War II; while on the other hand time travel, undead problems, and resequenced mammoths, dodos and Neanderthals are part of every-day life. Everyone is nuts about literature, a whole category of crimes ... Read More »

Fan of the Week: Dala – July 13, 2003

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DALA Age 48 – California, USA     How and when did you get in to Harry Potter? I got into Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone a little over three years ago when my boss (a 48-year-old man) had the book on his desk and I inquired about it. He said it was great fun and having loved magic stuff as a kid I quickly read all the books. I have re-read them, of ... Read More »

Fan of the Week: Erin – July 6, 2003

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ERIN Age 15 – Florida, USA Well, what can I say about my love for Harry Potter? Harry Potter is my life. Ever since I discovered it almost 2 years ago, my life has been so much better. I can relate to the characters so well too! I feel that whenever my life gets to be too much to handle, I can always escape through the books into the magic world. Seeing the problems these ... Read More »

Fan of the Week: Geoff – June 29, 2003

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GEOFF Age 20 – Colorado, USA Harry Potter is one of the greatest stories ever, it’s ability to cross just about any age rivals even exceeds Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Nothing like it even comes close. The stories are also written with just the right amount of suspense and excitement, and are NEVER predictable. I read book 5 in just about 7 hours, because I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Rowling has a spectacular ... Read More »

Fan of the Week: Gemma – June 22, 2003

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GEMMA Age 13 – Australia Hey all you Potter fans out there! My name is Gemma, I’m an Aussie and an absolutely crazy Harry Potter fan! Ask any of my friends; I’m obsessed to the core! I love everything about Harry Potter: The characters (except for Voldemort, Malfoy, Snape, Wormtail and the rest of the Slytherins), the plots, the adventure, the books, the movies, the actors who play them (how I would love to meet ... Read More »