Book Review: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

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'Dorothy Must Die' is the first book in a trilogy centered around the malevolent Dorothy, who after finding herself back in Oz again, took control of the magical land by teaming with the secretly wicked Glinda, and bewitching Oz's true ruler Ozma... Read More »

Book Review: The Mystery by Garth Nix & Sean Williams

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The third book of the Troubletwisters series pits young Wardens-in-waiting Jaide Shield and her twin brother Jack against yet another threat to the wards that protect the town of Portland from The Evil. You know, that force of emptiness that comes from another dimension and wants to take over everything. They have thwarted The Evil twice before. But if there’s one lesson The Evil seems to learn faster than Grandma X and the other good ... Read More »

7 “Harry Potter”-Inspired Creations That’ll Knock You Off Your Broomstick

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Last week, a friend of mine who knows me all too well sent me an email with nothing in the subject but “You’ve got to see this!!!” For those of you who’ve had an email account for quite a while and have had the misfortune of landing your alias on a never-ending, spam-the-crap-out-of-you-with-diet-pill-and-“PC-cleanup”-software emails list, you can imagine my initial urge was to instantly mark the email as spam and be done with it. However, curiosity got the best of me, and I opened the email to find myself looking at a Marauder’s Map cardigan; needless to say the geek in me went wild, and I spent the next two hours googling awesome and creative "Potter"-inspired goodies—here are a few of my finds. Read More »

Book Review: The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore

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The off-season is usually a sleepy time in the scenic coastal town of Pine Cove, California. This fall, however, events conspire to make it a madcap emergency, combining crime, craziness, a man-eating monster from the depths of the ocean, and an epic wave of horniness. Fasten your Adult Content Advisory: it’s going to be a raunchy comedy from the author of Practical Demonkeeping, which shares this book’s setting and some of its characters. It all ... Read More »

Book Review: The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt

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It was first published in 1962. It was recognized as the children’s book of the year in 1963, and the best children’s book in 50 years as of 2004. It was translated into fifteen different languages between 1977 and 2011. It has sold over a million copies. It was made into a feature film in 2008. Its author received a knighthood and a lifetime award for youth literature, and is considered the greatest children’s author ... Read More »

Fan of the Week: Lucy – May 4, 2014

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LUCY Age 14 – England GRYFFINDOR How did you become a Harry Potter fan? I always loved the films when I was a kid, and I remember being obsessed with Emma Watson right from the start. I started reading the books when I was in Year 6, which I think was just before The Half Blood Prince film was released. I was hooked almost instantly. I had only just got into reading, though, so it took ... Read More »

Book Review: No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige

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An alternate title for this story could have been “Dorothy Gale: My journey to the dark side” as we see Dorothy work her way into becoming the villain she's set to play in the following full-length novel... Read More »

Robbie Reviews The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

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Here is a most satisfying recent example of the classic type of private-eye novel. The detective is the whimsically named Cormoran Strike, an ex-military policeman whose career in the army ended when a roadside bomb took away half a leg. His name has nothing to do with his father, a philandering superstar rock musician with whom he has no relationship whatever, and a lot to do with his “supergroupie” mother, who was flaky and impractical ... Read More »

Taking Classes on “Harry Potter”

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So you want to take a class on "Harry Potter". Think about these five things before you do. Read More »

How Would You Use Your Magic?

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Imagine you woke up one day with the ability to perform any of the types of magic performed by the witches and wizards of the "Harry Potter" series, but you could only choose one purpose for this skill. What would you do with this ability? Read More »