Book Talk: Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood and Meg Hunt (Illustrator)

There’s a fairytale that’s considerably famous. You may have heard of it. It’s usually called Cinderella though it has different names in different countries. The brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault, both folktale historians of considerable note, include slightly different versions of the story in their collections of folktales. The story, …

Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan: A Review

Hardcover, 592 pages Expected publication: February 24th 2015 by Scholastic Press Source: Publisher Echo opens with a fairytale, scribed in a book Otto bought from the gypsies. When he loses his way in a forest while playing hide and seek, he reads the book and to his surprise, the characters from …

Poisoned Apples by Christine Heppermann: A Review

Cruelties come not just from wicked stepmothers, but also from ourselves. There are expectations, pressures, judgment, and criticism. Self-doubt and self-confidence. But there are also friends, and sisters, and a whole hell of a lot of power there for the taking. In fifty poems, Christine Heppermann confronts society head on. …

Scary Stories For Children: A Genre Studies Course Rationale

The upcoming 2015 Children’s Literature Association Conference is one that has caught my attention – “The High Stakes and Dark Sides of Children’s Literature,” an open-ended call for panels on horror, death, violence, trauma, and anything else dealing with the darker, more subversive elements that thread through so much of …