fiction

Lord of the Flies

William Golding “I know there isn’t no beast—not with claws and all that, I mean—but I know there isn’t no fear, either.” Piggy paused. “Unless—” Ralph moved restlessly. “Unless what?” “Unless we get frightened of people.” I was so excited to see Lord of the Flies on Time’s Best 100 YA List, not only because […]

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The Two Towers

J.R.R. Tolkien A thing is about to happen which has not happened since the Elder Days: the Ents are going to wake up and find that they are strong. We cared little for what lay beyond the borders of our land. Songs we have that tell of these things, but we are forgetting them, teaching […]

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Spells and Sprites: A Month of Fantasy

Fantasy is one of my favorite genres. I like lore, world-building, whimsical beast, and the sense of magic the genre brings. What better month to celebrate fantasy than April? The earth is waking up from a winter slumber, magic is all around us. Each Wednesday and Sunday a fantasy book will post. These books come […]

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National Reading Month

March is National Reading Month, the goal is to encourage young readers to develop a habit of reading for 15 minutes a day. Reading for 15 minutes a day is a great goal for all readers. National Reading Month is typically celebrated in classrooms across the United States, you may also know March as the […]

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Tony Plumb and the Moles of Ellodian

J.M. Smith “All I want is the truth, I want the truth. ‘I’m thirteen,’ he said out loud. Shoppers eyed him and hurried on. ‘I’m thirteen and I have a right to know. I have a right to know. Hey,’ he said to no-one in particular, ‘wouldn’t you want to know if someone said your […]

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Terrorific Spring Break Reads: Day Four

The Ruins Trapped in the Mexican jungle, a group of friends stumble upon a creeping horror unlike anything they could ever imagine. Two young couples are on a lazy Mexican vacation–sun-drenched days, drunken nights, making friends with fellow tourists. When the brother of one of those friends disappears, they decide to venture into the jungle […]

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Terrorific Spring Break Reads: Day Two

Vampire Beach Jason Freeman is stoked when his family relocates to exclusive DeVere Heights, Malibu. The kids at his posh new high school are surprisingly friendly, and pretty soon Jason’s part of the in-crowd. He even gets to meet the hot-but-unattainable girl. Then, the morning after one off-the-hook party, a girl washes up on the […]

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My Father’s Dragon

Ruth Stiles Gannett illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett   I am revisiting one of my favorite childhood reads. My Father’s Dragon is the first book in a series of three: My Father’s Dragon, Elmer and the Dragon, The Dragons of Blueland.  If you have not read My Father’s Dragon, know it is a children’s read. There […]

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