Video Time: Back to Buxton!

October 9th, 2009 by

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

In our latest podcast, Nancy and I revealed the answer to our historical fiction Mystery Book Theater: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Now, you may have been so distracted by the description of Elijah’s barfing that you missed this, but another thing we mentioned in the podcast is a video of Christopher Paul Curtis where he goes to visit Buxton.

If you zoned out during that part of the podcast, I can’t say I blame you because I know from experience that unexpected puking can really steal the show (don’t ask how I know; I just do, okay?).

But it would be a shame if that amazing video got buried under all the vomit (not unlike Frederick Douglass did in the book). So we’re bringing the video right to you. Get excited:

And if you’ve ever been to Buxton yourself, leave a comment telling us all about your visit! Or leave a comment with your thoughts on the book!

— Karen

Kidsmomo Podcast #7: “History Repeating”

October 5th, 2009 by

From the 21st century to the 1860s, then on to Depression-era Illinois and California during the Gold Rush — even all the way back to the Stone Age… In our latest podcast on historical fiction, we fire up the time machine in our minds! (As opposed to the time machine in the basement — never using that thing again after what happened last time. Let’s just say, Karen’s left eyebrow is still growing back funny.)

ALSO, we reveal the answer to our historical Mystery Book Theater! And a big congrats to these super sleuths who got it right:

  • Tessa, age 9, from Ohio — our big winner!
  • Peter, age 11, from Pennsylvania
  • Anna, age 11
  • Riley, age 9, from California
  • Tyler, age 14, from Ohio

(And also cheers to Greg, Maggi, and Sharnon — three adults who got into the act and sent in their guesses too!)

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  • From puke in the 1860s to parties in the 1920s (plus cavemen!)
  • Our historical fiction picks (By the Great Horn Spoon and A Long Way From Chicago + A Year Down Yonder)
  • A review from YOU (Between Two Seas)

And when you’re done listening, don’t forget: our next theme is mysteries! So watch our latest Mystery Book Theater video and track down these intriguing mystery books.)

AND… SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re extending our mystery theme for two weeks because we’ll be out of town next weekend. Nope, we’re not slacking; we’ll be in Washington, DC for the first ever Tween Girl Summit! [Insert joke here about how we both have the mentalities of tween girls even though we’re supposedly adults — like we haven’t heard that before!] If you’ll be at the summit too, leave a comment and let us know! And for everyone else, please try to go on with your lives without a new podcast or Mystery Book Theater next week. We know it will be hard, but be strong. We’ll be back in full force on 10/19 with a new theme, and we’ll still be blogging as usual along the way.

— Nancy and Karen

Book Trailer: Elijah of Buxton

September 28th, 2009 by

This book trailer for Elijah of Buxton was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Historical Fiction theme. For more on Elijah of Buxton, check out our “History Repeating” podcast.

OMG, major vomit alert!

What, you think no one ever tossed their cookies in the past? Well, Christopher Paul Curtis’ Elijah of Buxton will set you straight!

PS – A big CONGRATS to these super sleuths who guessed the book based on our video:

  • Tessa, age 9, from Ohio — our big winner!
  • Peter, age 11, from Pennsylvania
  • Anna, age 11
  • Riley, age 9, from California
  • Tyler, age 14, from Ohio

(And a shout-out to Greg, Maggi, and Sharnon — three adults who also sent in their guesses!)


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