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Cover for the book The Giver

Why So Series-ous?

Stories so long they need to be split up

Some stories are long. Real long. But often times, authors take pity on us and break the stories up in to chunks. And that's how a series is born. Here are some of my favorite series for kids.  The first book of the series is discussed along with other series like it. The Giver By Lois Lowry

Assassin's Apprentice cover

Epic Series

For Serious Readers

Sometimes, the best thing is a long story. You might really love a particular character, want to spend more time in a fantastic world or you’re just a sucker for a good cliffhanger. A great series allows room for real development, epic scope, and true adventure. Below are a few series that I’ve found particularly fun to spend lots of time exploring.

It by Stephen King

Stranger Things That Go Bump in the Night!

Darkness falls across the land The midnight hour is close at hand Creatures crawl in search of blood To terrorize y’awl’s neighborhood

A Wrinkle in Time book cover

Books to Spur Your Child’s Imagination

School has begun, but the summer spirit of adventure doesn’t have to end. Now is as great a time as any for a good book. This list of classic fantasies, both new and old, will keep your child dreaming even as they get settled into a new school year.

The Bone Witch cover

Books to Encourage Flights of Fancy

It’s summer, which usually entails plans for fun and travel -- unless you cannot think of setting foot outside to face the heat. This season, therefore, calls for books that magically transport you away by the use of your imagination. Here are a number of choices that promise to do just that and more.

Oliver Twist

Page to Stage

Bestselling Books That Became Broadway Bashes

The Great White Way is chock full of productions with origins in literature. In some cases, the stage telling has eclipsed the written version as the cultural mainstay, while others struggled to capture the magic of their paper counterparts. In rare instances, both novel and musical are considered equally brilliant, even if there have been significant changes made between book and Broadway.

Cover of American Gods

Contemporary Retellings of Myths and Legends

Ever since I read Edith Hamilton's Mythology in middle school, I've loved classic myths and legends. Talented author Rick Riordin writes fantastic books for kids based on classic mythology. His novels - inspired by Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology - offer a contemporary spin on these timeless stories.

Wizard of Earthsea

Adult Fantasy and Fiction

After getting swept up in the Harry Potter craze a few years ago I started to wonder what adult fantasy novels would be like. I had a hard time finding what I was looking for: a good mix of character development, engaging dialog, well-rendered scenes, and a meaningful use of magic and other genre specialties. I found and read a few classics, but over the last few years a ton of great work has been coming out. I am excited to be sharing some of my favorites with you, both new and old, from the adult fantasy genre.

Black Flag

Jolly Roger Reads

Books About Pirates, Swashbucklers, and other Assorted Buccaneers

Avast, matey! Here be several sea-faring tales of sunken ships, hidden treasures, bloodthirsty corsairs, and a whole heap of scurvy! Everyone likes a good adventure yarn, and pirates, both real and fictional, have had some of the greatest adventures in storytelling. Who hasn’t dreamed of discovering secret chests of gold or tasting the salty sea air as you sail about the tropics?

Picture of Wonder Woman

Her Initials are W.W.

Get Your Lasso and Bracelets Ready!

Perhaps you've noticed that a certain female superhero made her film debut recently. If not, then you are missing an awesome movie! But to be fair,  Wonder Woman – the Amazonian princess who features a lasso and bracelets – has been around since 1941. I have been a fan since childhood and still have a picture of  my Halloween costume as the demigoddess.

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