Category Archives: Fantasy

Susan, left behind

Lev Grossman, The Magicians (2009), The Magician King (2011), The Magician’s Land (2014) CS Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia (7 books, 1950-1956) Warning: If you haven’t read The Chronicles of Narnia, some critical plot elements are revealed here. For about an … Continue reading

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A winter’s tale

Another promise to myself this year is to write some short fiction, so I’m trying an experiment: one short story per month (most are going up on Wattpad). Let’s see how long I can keep this up. In 2013, my sister … Continue reading

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Whimsical but palatable

As reward for your patience reading my longer posts, here’s a short one: Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (2011) 12-year-old September is whisked away to Fairyland by the Green Wind on the back … Continue reading

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Doggie heroes

Here is the last of my recent library stumble-upons, but it was no unknown treasure that I found, simply a book I’ve been curious about ever since finding out that the author of I Capture the Castle had also written a book … Continue reading

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Tall tales and just-so stories

Karel Čapek’s Nine Fairy Tales (1932, tr. 1990 by D. Herrmann) is another treasure found while wandering my school library’s stacks. There are actually ten tales here (And One More Thrown in for Good Measure is the subtitle), most short enough for a … Continue reading

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The course has ended but the reading continues

Originally posted on Readers Are Leaders 2014:
So keep posting to this site. I want to hear about the new books you discover, and I bet others do as well. Tell us what your students are reading. Post Top-10 lists. Top…

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Best Beloved Writers – thank you for all those books…!

Originally posted on Joan Aiken:
 Always a favourite of course, her first and her last.   There have been a spate of ‘Top Ten’ children’s book lists lately, voted for by readers and critics, but all seem to go for…

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