Fan of the Week: Dominique – March 30, 2014

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DOMINIQUE Age 15 – Lusaka, Zambia HUFFLEPUFF How did you become a Harry Potter fan? I started reading the books in second grade when I needed an escape from real life – and I still read them today! I’ve always loved a fantastic story, but Harry Potter has become more than that; it’s a way of life for me. Describe what being part of the Harry Potter fandom has meant to you in 7 words or ... Read More »

Book Review: The Taking by Kimberly Derting

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The Taking is the first book in a sure-to-be epic new series by Kimberly Derting. I’m a big fan of Derting’s Body Finder series, so I had complete confidence that The Taking would be a great and organic story. Which it was! Derting really excels at... Read More »

Book Review: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle Recommended Ages: 12+ Sherlock Holmes had already appeared in two novels, but his popularity did not really take off until the brief “adventures” collected in this book began to appear in monthly issues of The Strand Magazine, from 1891 to -92. And though there are two novels and three volumes of short stories still to come, these twelve mysteries include some of Holmes’ most memorable and ... Read More »

Book Review: The Idiot by Dostoevsky

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The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky Recommended Ages: 14+ Published in a series of magazine issues in 1868-69, this is one of the masterpieces by the author of Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. It made me laugh a great deal, but it is not a comedy. Its climax is mysterious and chilling, but it is not a thriller. Dickensian in its large cast of vividly colorful characters and in its satire on the society ... Read More »

Book Review: Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta

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Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta Recommended Ages: 14+ An “Adult Content Advisory” remains in effect for the second book of the Lumatere Chronicles, in which the fate of kingdoms depend on the actions of highly sexed Young Adults. Even more so than in Finnikin of the Rock, in which the figurative and literal rape of a kingdom is involved in the tale of a nation divided 50/50 between captives and refugees. But now ... Read More »

Why Do You Think Lily Chose James?

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Snape loved Lily. James loved Lily. She wasn't happy with either one of them, so why did she choose James? Read More »

Book Review: Ila’s Story by Susan Korman

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Although the novel is only short, the world that the story takes place in is richly imagined, and well established. Events of the story, such as the building of the ark, are familiar they feel fresh, and the novel is easy to read and engaging. There could have been more attention to detail, and exploration into events and Ila’s thoughts, but for younger readers (14+), it is a well told tale. Read More »

In Defense of Ginny Weasley

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Ginny Weasley gets a lot of hate in the fandom, and given that we so often criticize those who don’t read the books, I have to wonder why. Although the film franchise did not do the youngest Weasley justice, anyone who read the books knows Ginny is one fierce lady. Read More »

Fan of the Week: Julia – March 23, 2014

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JULIA Age 16 – Michigan, USA RAVENCLAW How did you become a Harry Potter fan? For years people told me that I had to read this series; that reading it would make my life complete.  The problem was, none of our local libraries carried any copies.  (I lived in a very religious area that had deemed the books satanic.  Crazy, right?)  Eventually, when I was visiting my cousin I found the series at the local library ... Read More »

Which Pet Would You Bring?

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As we learned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, first year students are encouraged to bring a small animal along with them for their time at Hogwarts. While all of the conventional pets are represented throughout the series, the advantages and disadvantages of each is barely touched upon. What significance would each pet have on a student's experience at Hogwarts? Read More »