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Annexed by Sharon Dogar

By Janie | January 28, 2011 | 6 Comments

Annexed, by Sharon Dogar. Houghton Mifflin, 2010.  337 pages. Reading Level: Young Adult, ages 12-15 Maturity Level: Ages 15-18 Bottom Line: Annexed is the fictionalized …

*Sneaky Sheep by Chris Moore

By Janie | January 25, 2011 | 1 Comment

  Sneaky Sheep, by Chris Moore. Carolrhoda, 2010.  32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Book, Ages 4-8 Maturity Level: Ages 4-8, Ages 8-10 The story is …

Dystopia, Part Three

By Janie | January 25, 2011 | 3 Comments

Part One. Part Two. What’s the problem with a glut of grim, futurist fiction on the YA bookshelves? Maybe nothing. Youth is resilient, and most …

Dystopia, Part Two

By Janie | January 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

(Find Part One here) Besides being uniformly grim, there are other traits the current crop of dystopian novels share: A post-apocalyptic future–the story opens after …

If Olivia Comes to Visit….

By emily | January 21, 2011 | 5 Comments

We live in an age of series picture books. Which, like having 27 McDonalds in every city, makes shopping a little less complicated for tired, …

The Whole Counsel of God: Complementing Your Story Bible

By emily | January 10, 2011 | 1 Comment

The claim that a story Bible isn’t actually a Bible may seem a bit shocking at first. I mean, it’s got the word “Bible” right …

Dystopia: Dead Ahead

By Janie | December 23, 2010 | 5 Comments

Part One How’s this for a scenario: In the future, the USA has been divided into thirteen districts, and the most prosperous oppresses all the …

Buying Your First Story Bible

By emily | December 16, 2010 | 5 Comments

You’re a new parent. You’ve got the baby crib with a fancy name, the swing, the bouncer, the burping pads. Now it’s time to choose …