Kidsmomo Podcast #43: “Look Who’s Talking!”

March 8th, 2011 by

Karen says: You guys are gonna love our latest podcast, all about books with multiple viewpoints. And as a bonus, I tell some really fascinating stories about corn! I promise, you’ll be on the edge of your seat!

Nancy says: I think you’ll all really enjoy our latest podcast, all about books told in alternating perspectives. I’m just sorry that Karen talked about corn SO MUCH. Maybe you can fast forward through that part…

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  • “Lost and found” — aka our mystery book revealed
  • Dumbledore tells all? We wish!
  • Our One Story, Multiple Narrators picks (Never Mind! and The View from Saturday)
  • Corn

Also, don’t forget: our new theme is books for series starring girls, in honor of Women’s History Month! So send us a review of your favorite series starring a girl, and check our picks for series starring girls.

— Karen and Nancy

Book Trailer: The Lost Hero

March 1st, 2011 by

This book trailer for The Lost Hero was originally the Mystery Book Theater video for our One Story, Multiple Narrators theme. For more on The Lost Hero, check out our “Look Who’s Talking!” podcast.

Usually field trips are a nice break from everyday school life. But what if you’re on a field trip — and you’re suddenly attacked by magical spirits? Then you’re transferred to a camp for the children of Greek gods… and guess what, you’re one of them! That’s how the story starts for three different but connected teens in Heroes of Olympus Book 1: The Lost Hero. Watch our video to meet them!

He Said, She Said: Books with Multiple Perspectives

February 22nd, 2011 by

You’ve heard the saying, “There’s two sides to every story.” Well, some books take that idea really literally. From siblings who don’t quite see eye to eye, to a group of schoolmates coming together for a competition, to long-distance best friends trying to stay in touch — check out these tales told from multiple points of view (in no particular order):

  1. Never Mind!: A Twin Novel by Avi and Rachel Vail (Karen’s pick)
  2. The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg (Nancy’s pick)
  3. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
  4. When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park
  5. A Week in the Woods by Andrew Clements
  6. Flipped by Wendelin van Draanen
  7. The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
  8. P.S. Longer Letter Later by Paula Danziger and Ann M. Martin
  9. The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
  10. Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
  11. Nim’s Island by Wendy Orr
  12. Morning Girl by Michael Dorris

(Also, here’s a printable version of our One Story, Multiple Perspectives booklist, for you to take to the library or bookstore — or share with a friend and then argue over from your different points of view.)

If you’ve read any of these, send in your book review. Or send in a review of your favorite book told from alternating viewpoints.

UPDATE 3/8/11: We revealed the answer to our One Story, Multiple Narrators Mystery Book Theater in the “Look Who’s Talking!” Podcast, so take a listen if you want to know the answer. Or just tune in if you want to hear about one time Nancy embarrassed her older sisters when they were kids!