Category: Book Reviews

A Flight into Fantasy – By Catherine Posey

“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality.                                                         

It’s a way of understanding it.” –Lloyd Alexander

In our first podcast episode, we discussed several works of fantasy literature. Both of us (Catherine and K.L.) think the fantasy genre is a significant one for the field of children’s and young adult literature, and that it is an especially wonderful type of literature for readers, both young and old! Obviously, we both read quite a few fantasy stories. Here, we explore a few of the titles we mentioned a bit more in hopes that you might also read them, if you have not already! Stay tuned for more titles in future episodes.

Tom’s Midnight Garden, by Philippa Pearce

Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

Published in 1958, this British classic for children is a must-read for all ages! At some time or another, we have all struggled with loneliness and the desire to connect with someone else in a meaningful way. When Tom hears the clock strike 13, he goes to investigate and discovers that the back garden is a portal to the past, where he befriends a girl, also experiencing loneliness, named Hattie. Hattie and Tom’s friendship endures its ups and downs, and the reader will surely discover a gem of a story as he or she follows this fascinating fantasy.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Yes, the film version of The Hobbit is being released this December, but the 1937 story is one you must read! It is especially a wonderful novel for a summer read, and as the prelude to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, this epic fantasy is a page-turner, filled with fascinating characters, impossible adventures, spiritual themes and ideas, and a rich world of hobbits, magic rings, dwarves, dragons,and elves. We won’t say much more–go get the book!

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Summer Reading

Here are some of our favorite books for the summer! Click the titles to check out links to the book on Good Reads where you can find out more about the books’ plots. We may discuss these in the next few podcasts, and if there is a book you are particularly interested in hearing us talk about, e-mail us.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (From Catherine: This is a YA novel and I would recommend for at least 14 and up, due to the violence in the book).

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (YA novel–recommended for age 14 and up)

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