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Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire



It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »
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A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd by Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls: Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd

just chris, January 1, 2012

The premise of this beautifully illustrated book is simple: A boy (unknowingly) calls forth a tree monster to walk the earth. The monster shares three stories with the boy, and then the boy must share a fourth - the truth.

From that, the reader is presented with what it is like to be on the verge of losing someone you love most dearly. Of what it is like to have your world stand still while it is being turned upside down and literally crushed. I will warn you that this book will most likely make you cry.

I have recommended "A Monster Calls" to anyone who has known such grief. Not so much to relieve it, but to have a way to explain it to those around us who don't understand (so that they might).
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War Dances by Sherman Alexie
War Dances

just chris, March 23, 2010

Alexie Sherman has a way of keeping the words simple, but being deep in the same breath. That is his genius. War Dances is a collection of short stories and poems that look like they would never book together, but somehow fit perfectly.
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Cat the Cat, Who Is That? (Cat the Cat) by Mo Willems
Cat the Cat, Who Is That? (Cat the Cat)

just chris, February 22, 2010

Mo Willems does it again! He claims he wrote this book because his daughter, Trixie, has recently taken up visiting the orthodontist, but really I think it is because he just loves what he does. It's a great book to read aloud with your kids. It repeats simple words to reveal an important message about friendship.
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When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
When You Reach Me

just chris, January 28, 2010

If you are a fan of Madeline L'Engle, I don't see how you couldn't fall in love with this book. It's about a 12-year old girl who lives in NYC in the late 1970's who gets a mysterious note that changes everything. See if you can figure it out before it ends. I couldn't put this book down until I finished it.
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The Sound of Colors: A Journey of the Imagination by Jimmy Liao
The Sound of Colors: A Journey of the Imagination

just chris, January 19, 2010

This is such an amazingly beautiful book. It reminds us that there are many ways to see things, and that there are gifts in losses.
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