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Archive for the ‘Young adult literature’ Category

Author Tom Leveen: The brave new world of young-adult media

The world can be a scary place. As parents, our job is to keep our kids safe and teach them to live in it successfully. This requires us to perform a dance not taught at Arthur Murray. It’s one we learn as we go, and it involves a lot of fancy footwork — a complicated […]

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American Girl introduces first-ever boy character at Scottsdale store

American Girl has been busy. The Mattel-owned brand, which began with a handful of 18-inch dolls and books about American history, used to take years to develop new characters and stories. This week, American Girl announced five new dolls, including its first-ever 18-inch boy doll: Logan Everett, a bandmate of another new contemporary character. Both Logan […]

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Winter-break blues? Curl up with a kids classic book series

Ah, winter school break in Arizona: The cool, crisp air of expectation; the cloudless, blue skies of freedom; the warm sunshine of family togetherness; the lofty mountains of opportunity; the great, green forests of possibility; and the sweeping vistas of unstructured time stretching out to the horizon — two wonderful weeks of it. Aren’t you […]

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31 (somewhat) spooky Halloween books for kids

Every holiday celebration helps cultivate children’s roots — those strong, deep connections to family, traditions and values. Halloween festivities can help kids develop and test their wings, too, by encouraging curiosity, exploration and new perspectives. Like the magic potion made by the young frog in William Steig’s “Gorky Rises,” Halloween is a mix of everyday […]

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Instilling empathy: Books that explore special-needs kids, themes

We all are the same: We share DNA and the desire for family, community, prosperity, safety and respect. We all are different, too, thanks to that DNA and the circumstances of our lives. Some differences are visible; some are significant. All leave marks, all merit understanding and acceptance. And so our biology gives us the […]

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Potter mania thriving as eighth book hits local stores

If anyone wonders whether the Harry Potter phenomenon has passed its sell-by date, they need only to have visited one of this weekend’s “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” script-book parties to receive an answer — a resounding “No!” I dropped by the Sunday morning festivities at the Phoenix Changing Hands Bookstore and found devotees by […]

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My Day at Camp: Young Adult Writing Program

Double Newbery Award winner Kate DiCamillo was asked whether she wrote as a child, and if she always wanted to be a writer when she grew up. “When I was a kid, it never occurred to me that human beings wrote books,” she said. “I just didn’t think it was something that people did. Kids […]

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Changing Hands hosts YAllapalooza for young adult readers

YAllapalooza, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, Arizona

Fans of young adult fiction can meet and match wits with 11 acclaimed YA authors at YAllapalooza on Saturday, Jan. 23 at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. The event offers tweens and teens a chance to mix, mingle and play book-related games with their favorite authors, participate in Q&A sessions and enjoy free pizza and […]

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Father’s memories inspire “The Giver”

Author Lois Lowry, whose 1993 novel The Giver inspired a new film with the same name, got to thinking about the importance of memory after seeing her aging father’s memories begin to fade. He’d eventually forget the death of his first child and his involvement in World War II. But he was content. The experience […]

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“How to Train Your Dragon 2”

Fire-breathing dragons abound in “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” the latest film based on a series of children’s books written by Cressida Cowell. It’s fun stuff for kids who love dragon lore and Viking tales, although some battle scenes might be too intense for wee ones who can’t yet distinguish between the mythical and […]

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