Your Vote Counts!

Here's one election in which all the nominees are pretty awesome. Nominated by teens, teachers, and librarians, pared down to ten representative titles by the Evergreen Award Committee, and sent back to teen readers across Washington State: The Evergreen Teen Book Award. The Making of A Navy SEAL Six of Crows Whether you want to…
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A Soldier’s Heart

O thus be it ever, when free men shall stand / Between their loved homes and the war's desolation ~ The Star Spangled Banner On Veteran's Day, we honor all of our fellow citizens who've served their country at war. Honestly, it's hard to imagine a job that demands more from a human being, body…
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Reading the Dragon, part 1: Yes you can!

The largest, wildest, and possibly most fun science fiction, fantasy, and gaming convention in the United States, Dragon Con, wrapped their 30th anniversary event earlier this month in Atlanta, GA. And with it we got the first ever Dragon Awards, in which fans of scienfictional pop-culture fun voted for the genre books, movies, TV-shows and games they loved the…
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Two Truths and a Lie

No. Not about squid. (Though Mollusca is my favorite phylum.) About books and media. So:  two truths and a lie about when reading book isn't better than a watching the movie (or listening to the audio  book). And by better, I mean, "I'll actually skip the book, and go straight to the media for any re-reads." Like that movie adaptation…
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Olympic Poetry

Voiceover: It's down the final round. This will decide who walks away with the gold. You can cut the tension with a knife as the next entrant takes the podium. Finalist: [taps the mic] Is this on? Yes. Oh. Okay. This is "The Donkey" by G. K. Chesterton. I found it on the Poetry Foundation. When fishes…
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