WOULD YOU RATHER…Be Sorted Into Slytherin Or Ravenclaw? #MNWYR

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In this series of posts started last week, Tori and I will be asking, “Would you rather…” and presenting two options along with a list of their pro’s and con’s. Your job: let us know which wins for you and why. For this post the question is: Would you rather be sorted into Slytherin or Ravenclaw? In order to weigh our options lets look at what we know about each house along with a few pros and cons: Read More »

Theater Review: StarKid Summer Series

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They have thrice cavorted down corridors at Hogwarts School. They've explored an alien planet in their radical starship. They've tackled Batman, and twisted the tale of "Aladdin" so that we no longer approve of street rats. Now, the creative minds at Team StarKid have unleashed not one, but two new musicals upon the world in the summer of 2014. Read More »

Book Review: The Wizard in the Tree by Lloyd Alexander

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If Chocolate Frogs Famous Wizard Cards featured beloved wizards from the pages of literature, you know there would be a card each for J. K. Rowling’s Dumbledore, and Tolkien’s Gandalf, and Peter Beagle’s Schmendrick, and John Bellairs’ Prospero… I’ve already got quite a long list in mind. Now that I’ve read this brief book by the Newbery Medal and National Book Award winning author of the Prydain Chronicles, I have another name to add to ... Read More »

Christmas in July

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A double dose of magic. Read More »

Pottermore Moments Revisited: Three Shades of Red

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In the latest installment of our Pottermore Moments Revisited series, we finally get to Hogwarts! Trains, best friends, and Sorting abound! Read More »

Book Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming

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We’ve run into this problem before: First it was a novel. Then it was adapted, more successfully than faithfully, into a movie. Then came a film novelization, a novel designed to be more faithful to the movie than the movie was to the original novel. They did it to Pierre Boulle’s Planet of the Apes. More recently, it happened to Cressida Cowell’s How to Train Your Dragon. It even happened to another book by Ian ... Read More »

Emma Watson’s next magical role: Kelsea in “The Queen of the Tearling”

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Emma Watson committed to co-producing and starring in "The Queen of the Tearling" before the book was even published - here's a look at how the young actress may adapt to her second big fantasy role. Read More »

Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling

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"The Queen of the Tearling" was introduced to the world in a flurry of publicity. Debut author Erika Johansen received a much publicized seven-figure advance when she sold the rights to her trilogy to HarperCollins, and not long afterwards, Emma Watson was attached to produce and star in the film adaptation of the novel – before the first installment was even published! Read what we thought of the book! Read More »

Book Review: The Land of Stories (TLOS3) A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer

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The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning - buy it By Chris Colfer – website Recommended Ages 9+ Published today, Chris Colfer is back with the third instalment of his magical The Land of Stories series and this time fairytale history comes with a Grimm Warning! Now aged 14 and stuck living in the Otherworld, Conner Bailey must navigate across the globe to decipher a clue left from the world’s most famous storytellers. With a ... Read More »

Book Review: Wildwood by Colin Meloy

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When I saw this book at the public library, I thought it had a striking design. This, including loads of quirky but beautiful illustrations, is the work of Carson Ellis, who has also decorated books by Lemony Snicket and Trenton Lee Stewart. As for the author, I thought his name sounded familiar. Only later, after I had brought the book home, did I connect it with the alternative-rock band The Decembrists, of which Colin Meloy ... Read More »