Monthly Archives: March 2011

Teen Dystopias and Disasters: Susan Beth Pfeffer’s “The Dead and the Gone” and more

For a more specific review of Susan Beth Pfeffer’s This World We Live In, see my earlier blog post. Susan Beth Pfeffer’s trilogy of post-apocalyptic young adult novels are a fun and fascinating read.  The Dead and the Gone is … Continue reading

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Reading Across Mediums: Scott Pilgrim, Harry Potter, Twilight, and Katy Konservativ (who does not yet have her own book or film series…)

I love books and I love movies.  In fact, I’d say that I love movies more than books, because I have a very visual brain and I enjoy being able to analyse a story and characters in a visual format.  … Continue reading

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Laughing over coffee: Response to Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian”

When I saw this book on the reading list for my class, I knew that I had to read it immediately.  Over the Christmas break, I’d been listening to a radio interview on the CBC with Sherman Alexie, author of … Continue reading

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Revisiting Old Friends: Lois Duncan’s YA mysteries

Sometimes old friends show up in odd places.  Sometimes, it isn’t so much that the place is odd, but rather the timing, or rather the identity of the friend.  Why them?  Why then?  Why there?  Why did I run into … Continue reading

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Graphic Novels — Misnamed? Misfiled? Misunderstood?

Graphic novels are not a new phenomenon.  One could argue that cave paintings are a primitive form!  I have seen reprints of wordless graphic novels from the early twentieth century, and in my experience with library collections and bookstore browsing, … Continue reading

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“Three Black Swans” (Caroline B. Cooney, 2010) — Digital Booktalk

“Three Black Swans” (2010) by Caroline B. Cooney Book Trailer Digital booktalk for LIS 9364 Young Adult Materials by Katherine Gilks March 5th, 2011 PowerPoint Version: Digital Booktalk – Three Black Swans View video version at: http://www.youtube.com/user/katykonservativ Cooney, Caroline B..  … Continue reading

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Author Profile – Sylvia Olsen

Author Profile: Sylvia Olsen by Katherine Gilks (for LIS 9364 – Young Adult Materials) Biography and Writing: Sylvia Olsen (born in 1955) is from Victoria, British Columbia, and has lived the majority of her life so far just north of … Continue reading

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