Kidsmomo Podcast #34: “Hard-Knock Life”

September 29th, 2010 by

A small town in need of inspiration. Secret rooms in a Paris train station. A hidden courtyard in a sprawling mansion. We visit them all in our latest podcast, all about books about orphans — these characters definitely struggle, but they also find adventure, and we’re along for the ride!

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  • Meet a Maniac and Mars Bars — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our Orphan book picks (The Invention of Hugo Cabret and The Secret Garden)
  • An Orphan book review from YOU (Dave at Night)

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is fractured fairy tales! So send us a review of your favorite fractured fairy tale and check out our picks for fabulous fractured fairy tales.

— Karen and Nancy

Dave At Night by Gail Carson Levine

September 22nd, 2010 by

Submitted by Audrey, Age 8 from California

Rating: ★★★★★

Dave At Night is a book about a kid named Dave that loses his father. He goes to the HHB (Hebrew Home for Boys). He runs away at night to a guy named Solly. That is all i will tell you because I don’t want to spoil the book.

If only authors could pay attention to me by Hahaha me

April 13th, 2010 by

Tell us about an author you’d want to meet (and what you’d want to do while hanging out with them):

Submitted by Hahaha me, Age 11 from Maine:

If I could meet any author, I would like to meet Gail Carson Levine. At first I thought I would like to meet Louisa May Alcott, but then I decided she would be too old-fashioned to have a conversation with. Gail Carson Levine’s books are about adventures, and twisted fairy-tales, and show awesomeness! (I know that’s not a word.) Ella Enchanted is one of my favorite books. And it’s a Newbery Honor, so obviously some other people agree with me.

Kidsmomo Podcast #22: “You Go, Girl!”

March 30th, 2010 by

From Amy Groark's Flickr

Some women have a quiet, solid strength, while others show off their wild, take-no-prisoners style of power. And then there’s Karen and Nancy… We may not be up to the standards of Wonder Woman, but we can at least spread Girl Power through book recommendations! So check out our latest podcast, all about stories starring totally rockin’ gals. Let’s hear it for the ladies!

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  • Super Cinderella — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Our literary heroines — including a censorship-fighting author and an awesome arachnid!
  • Our Girl Power picks (A Crooked Kind of Perfect and The Witch of Blackbird Pond)
  • A review from YOU (The Candy Shop War)

Also, don’t forget: to be fair to both genders, our new theme is books with boys’ names in the titles! So send us a review of your favorite boy-titled book, tell us about a male character you admire, and check out these books named after bros.

— Nancy and Karen

Book Trailer: Ella Enchanted

March 23rd, 2010 by

This book trailer for Ella Enchanted was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our Girl Power theme. For more on Ella Enchanted, check out our “You Go, Girl!” podcast.

Yeah, having to follow your parents’ rules can definitely be annoying sometimes, but it could be worse — you could be like the heroine in Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Because of a magic spell, she’s forced to do anything that anyone tells her to, even if it means hurting herself or the people she loves. Rough…

Luckily, our heroine has enough spunk, strength, and sheer Girl Power to overcome the odds — like, say, when she meets a few ogres. Watch our video to see how she gets out of that predicament!