TOP TEN TEEN MOVIES

TOP TEN TEEN MOVIES   When I was growing up, the stories I enjoyed about other teenagers came to me via movies. Like YA fiction, they featured protagonists for whom everything is new and vivid, feelings are intense, and the world is full of possibility. It’s easy to see why these teen stories, whether on […]

Agatha Christie Books That Would Make Great YA Retellings

Agatha Christie Books That Would Make Great YA Retellings

Agatha Christie Books That Would Make Great YA Retellings   Agatha Christie and young adult novels don’t necessarily make an intuitive pairing. Christie’s cozy, genteel mystery style doesn’t mesh with the gritty realism of today’s market; her books are filled with village parishes, nosy old ladies, “charred scrap of paper in the fireplace” clues, gardening, […]

The Horror of it...The Top Death Scenes in Fiction

The Horror of it…The Top Death Scenes in Fiction

The Horror of it…The Top Death Scenes in Fiction SPOILER WARNING: This post contains spoilers for A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay, The Troop by Nick Cutter, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, Hannibal by Thomas Harris, A New Fear by RL Stine, In the Forest Dark and Deep by Carrie […]

DVD Review– Zootopia

DVD Review– Zootopia

DVD Review– Zootopia   The children’s mystery genre is sadly under-explored, with very few decent movies revolving around crimes. Of course, children’s entertainment shouldn’t center around murder, rape, and other violent atrocities, but properly designed, relatively wholesome puzzles are great for developing young minds.   Disney’s recent hit Zootopia is an enjoyable crime comedy for […]

FIVE SCARY CHILDREN IN FICTION

FIVE SCARY CHILDREN IN FICTION

    Scary children don’t always have to draw blood. They can send shivers down your spine. They might make you question your own morals. They are manipulative. Or they terrify you because they are so naive and you fear for the consequences. Here’s my list of children who have sent goose bumps through me […]

TOP TEN MONSTROUS PROTAGONISTS

TOP TEN MONSTROUS PROTAGONISTS

TOP TEN MONSTROUS PROTAGONISTS I love protagonists who have a bit of monster in them, be it a literal demon or darker impulses they have to deal with on a daily basis. These ten monstrous protagonists show us what it means to be human and highlight the key role that those we love can play […]

How Magic, Fantasy, and Mysteries Intersect...

How Magic, Fantasy, and Mysteries Intersect…

  How Magic, Fantasy, and Mysteries Intersect… Growing up, I read several genres from fantasy, magic, and myteries. The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander and Brian Jacques’s Redwall series were some of my fantasy staples. Stepping on the Cracks by Mary Downing Hahn was a gateway story into the sprawling World War II narrative. […]

Desperately Seeking Nancy Drew

Desperately Seeking Nancy Drew

Desperately Seeking Nancy Drew   I’m a collector at heart, something that has caused me no small amount of trouble when it comes to books. I started young, maniacally memorizing the order of the Black Stallion series, double-checking that my many-colored Goosebumps books were in the right order, and constantly comparing the facial expressions of […]

Book Review: RIVER OF INK: GENESIS

Book Review: RIVER OF INK: GENESIS

Book Review: RIVER OF INK: GENESIS By Helen Dennis London: Hodder Children’s Books, 2016. $10.00 Some of the most interesting and innovative writers working today are writing for the young adult market. A market that once leaned towards wish-fulfillment stories and safe fantasy has transformed in recent years, and now addresses some of the cutting-edge […]

Book Review: LOCK AND MORI By Heather W. Petty

Book Review: LOCK AND MORI By Heather W. Petty   Sherlock Holmes is big right now. To be frank, he never went away. Every few years, a new TV version, or a new movie, brings the character back to life, along with his long-suffering sidekick/good, wise friend, Watson. Sherlock Holmes has a large, enthusiastic, and […]

Book Review: THE SEARCH FOR THE HOMESTEAD TREASURE: A MYSTERY

Book Review: THE SEARCH FOR THE HOMESTEAD TREASURE: A MYSTERY By Ann Treacy Minneapolis: University Of Minnesota Press, 2016. $16.95 The title of Ann Treacy’s The Search for the Homestead Treasure sounds as though the early Famous Five have sprung back into action in a book that will engage the reader with a mystery suitably embellished […]