What would Katniss Everdeen Read?

Katniss, lead character in the book (and movie) series The Hunger Games, is totally focused on surviving the "games" and outwitting corrupt public officials like President Snow in the dystopic future society of Panem. She's so busy trying to save herself and her family that she doesn't have a lot of time for books and reading. However, if Katniss […]

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What Would Walt Longmire Read?

Walt, the lead character in Craig Johnson's book (and television) series about murder and justice in Absaroka County, Wyoming, has definite likes and dislikes in literature. He quotes Shakespeare, Donne, and Faulkner, and knows his way around the works of Steinbeck.  He thinks about issues like fairness and decency, he isn't averse to violence applied […]

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Emergency! for Pet Owners

On my little farm in the foothills, we worry about stuff. In summer, we worry about forest fires. In winter, we fret about freezing temperatures, power outages, and treacherous roads. In spring, we brace ourselves for flooding.  In fall (for lack of anything better to do) we are uneasy about earthquakes, tsunamis, and the zombie […]

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Teen Poets Wanted!

There once was a writer from Issasquah... A melancholay Puget Sound poetess... There was a Young Lady whose Rhymes... Hmmm. Writing poetry isn't as easy as it looks. But WAIT! It doesn't have to rhyme! Teen poets may submit their verse (whether it rhymes or not) to the annual RHYME ON Teen Poetry Contest from April 1 through […]

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Road-Rage Busters: Great Audiobooks to Make Traffic (Seem) Less Horrible

You know how the book is always better than the movie? Well, it doesn't work that way with audiobooks! Some books are great reads, and some are also great to hear. Some are--gasp!-- even better heard than seen.  Also: audiobooks written for young audiences are often delightful for adult listeners, and audiobooks written for an older […]

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Book Review: Ghosts

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier Catrina and her family move to Bahia de la Luna because Cat's little sister Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool salty air from the sea. Soon the girls and their family learn that the town and nearby mission is haunted--and the townspeople welcome the ghosts. They even throw a big […]

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