Category: Children’s Fiction

I Finally Read The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

I Finally Read The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Hello Bookworms. I’ve missed you. While I was away, I drowned my sorrows in the pages of The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. I’m highly susceptible to peer pressure, and with Karen at BlogHer hosting a read along , I decided the time had come. I needed to get started on my Tolkien. Okay. We’re in Middle Earth, right? Bilbo Baggins is a Hobbit, which means he’s short, he likes to eat, and… Read more »

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Here Comes the Son: Son by Lois Lowry

Here Comes the Son: Son by Lois Lowry

Hidey Ho, Bookworms! We have reached the final leg of our Giver journey! Who’s excited? I can practically hear you hooting and hollering through the internet. Love the enthusiasm! Son is the fourth and final offering in Lois Lowry’s Giver quartet. Son starts off with a bang by returning us to the scene of the crime- the original community! We’re back in the land of overscheduled, colorless, emotionless lives. But… Read more »

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Don't Kill The Messenger! (Messenger by Lois Lowry)

Don't Kill The Messenger! (Messenger by Lois Lowry)

Happy Wednesday, Bookworms! I know what you’re thinking! “Messenger had better link up The Giver and Gathering Blue or I’m going to be one angry bookworm!” I know that’s what I was thinking. Well it wasn’t exactly that vitriolic, but I was pleased when I started this and recognized the characters. We start off this story with Matty. Remember Matt from Gathering Blue? In Kira and Matty’s community they earn… Read more »

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Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry: The Giver, Part 2. Only not.

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry: The Giver, Part 2. Only not.

Hello Again Bookworms! I bet you’re all dying to know what happened to Jonas and Gabe, aren’t you? Well… Too damn bad! This book doesn’t mention them at all! Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry is the second in The Giver series. It takes place in another dystopian society, but this one is NOTHING like the one Jonas and Gabe came from. Our heroine is a girl named Kira. She lives… Read more »

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My Name is Jonas: The Giver by Lois Lowry

My Name is Jonas: The Giver by Lois Lowry

Hello there, Bookworms! I hope you’re all well rested after “falling back” this weekend. For those of you who don’t live in areas where Daylight Savings Time is observed, I hope you got extra sleep anyway. Sleep is wonderful. This week I’m going to focus on The Giver by Lois Lowry. Why does one book need a whole week of attention? It doesn’t! But there are sequels! And I’ve read… Read more »

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Are You There God? It's me, Banned Books Week.

Are You There God? It's me, Banned Books Week.

Hi there, Bookworms. Next week is Banned Books Week. Every year the American Library Association celebrates the books that have been challenged or banned from schools and libraries. I plan on devoting all of next week’s posts to things I’ve read on the “banned classics” list. A lot of them are books you’d expect that were challenged for reasons you’d expect. It’s hard to find a comprehensive list of this… Read more »

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Life Lessons Courtesy of Harriet The Spy

Life Lessons Courtesy of Harriet The Spy

One of my all time favorite childhood books is Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Harriet is a precocious 11 year old girl who aspires to be a spy. She wanders around New York City (yeah thinking about that NOW is a little scary, but suspend your disbelief for a moment.) She observes her neighbors and classmates while writing down her notes in her special spy notebook. Harriet’s regimented existence… Read more »

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Confession Friday: I Have a Penguin Problem

Confession Friday: I Have a Penguin Problem

I have a penguin problem. When I was in the 3rd grade, I made a penguin habitat out of a shoebox and a white mold-a-rama penguin from the Brookfield Zoo. Ever since then I’ve been a crazy penguin lady. Penguin jewelry, penguin trinkets, penguin teapots, an entire drawer full of penguin pajamas… It should come as no surprise that I count Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater among my favorite… Read more »

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Confession Friday: It's About To Get Mushy

Confession Friday: It's About To Get Mushy

Hello, Bookworms! Today I thought we’d branch out a little bit and discuss the man I married. Why? Well, he keeps pointing out clever and odd things that he does, which is a not-so-subtle hint that he wants to be famous on my blog. I tried to tell him that he probably doesn’t want the entire internet to know about his terrible jokes and made up songs, but he refused… Read more »

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