Book Review: The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

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The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan Recommended Ages: 12+ In Book 2 of the “Kane Chronicles,” the Texas-based author of the “Tres Navarre” mysteries cleverly uses hilarious, romantic, magical, and thrill-packed entertainment to educate young adults about ancient Egyptian mythology. He’s very sneaky that way. But we’re not surprised, since he did the same thing with Greek mythology in the “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series. Ditto Roman mythology in the “Heroes of Olympus” ... Read More »

Top 10 Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

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Where would the world be without our favorite wizard pranksters? I’ve compiled a list of my top ten favorite Weasley products. Enjoy! Read More »

Harry’s Hair

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Known in the books for having "jet black", permanently untidy hair, Harry Potter's ever-changing hairdo throughout the films has caused both frustration and satisfaction from the fans. In this editorial, I examine each of Harry's many hairstyles and gauge how close they are to the books' description. I also included some reaction GIFs on what I've noticed has been the general opinion on each look in the Harry Potter fandom. Read More »

Book Review: A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

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A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle Recommended Ages: 12+ When detective fiction was still in its infancy, in the year 1887, this novel first appeared in an issue of Beeton’s Christmas Annual. Just imagine: it was the first anyone had ever heard of Sherlock Holmes! Then a young physician, just starting to stretch his literary muscles, Arthur Conan Doyle here created a character who has become one of the most enduring figures in ... Read More »

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Recommended Ages: 13+ What happens when a filmmaker, vintage photograph collector, and author of a reference work on Sherlock Holmes decides to write a YA novel? What happens is this creepy, funny, weird fantasy involving monsters, time travel, and children with super powers, all accompanied by an atmospheric selection of black-and-white photos. Our narrator on this journey is sixteen-year-old Jacob Portman, a smart-mouthed rich kid from ... Read More »

10 Potter Ladies Who Kick Butt

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Minerva McGonagall: Professor McGongall doesn’t put up with anyone’s crap. Minerva is tough but good-hearted and never goes down without a fight, standing alongside Harry and the trio until the end of the battle. Hermione Granger: Hermione is a given on this list. She uses magic to defeat everyone from schoolyard bullies to the most evil wizard of all time. Hermione is powerful and clever enough to destroy the Horcruxes and helps Harry every step ... Read More »

Seven ‘Harry Potter’ Moviemaking Justifications

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You can't hate on the HP movies without acknowledging a few things! Read More »

Potterhead Experiences

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I consider myself to be a Potterhead, and as such, I’ve reread each book in the series no less than fifteen times since I was seven. I used to think it was a pretty normal thing to do, but talking to real normal people made me realize that rereading the same words so many times isn’t common; it’s actually weird. I suppose Potterheads are fairly strange creatures. It’s not like we have superpowers or anything ... Read More »

Book Review: The Ballad of Sir Dinadan by Gerald Morris

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The Ballad of Sir Dinadan by Gerald Morris Recommended Ages: 12+ The fifth book of the “Squire’s Tales” series continues this Wisconsin-based author’s retelling of Arthurian legends for younger readers with a combination of two knightly love stories with the point of view of a minstrel knight who has fallen out of love with romantic love. Forced into knighthood, though he would rather be a rebec-playing troubadour, Sir Dinadan rides out into the English countryside ... Read More »

Fan of the Week: Jackellyn – March 9, 2014

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JACKELLYN Age 23 – Orlando, FL, USA SLYTHERIN How did you become a Harry Potter fan? Started reading the books when I was in middle school for AR points (point system for reading books at my school). Reading the books took me to that world and I LOVED IT. Then the movies started coming out, I would go at midnight and (sometimes) dress up. It really all started with required reading but after I left middle ... Read More »