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Author: Nicole Dolat

What is “Pottermore”?

Summer months are always a lot of fun. But this year, July is particularly special to me (and I’m sure many others) because the final Harry Potter movie will be released!  I get shivers every time I see the trailer. If you haven’t seen it yet, definitely go check it out HERE.











I’m pretty sure I’ll be re-reading the Harry Potter books, and re-watching the Harry Potter movies, for the rest of my life. And I know I’ll love seeing new generations of all ages discovering this special series for the first time.  But I confess to being a little sad at the thought of no new Harry Potter books or media anywhere on the horizon…that is, until I heard about the very cool web site that J. K. Rowling plans to launch in October 2011 called Pottermore!!

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31 Days of Teens’ Top Ten: Sisters Red

Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Each day during the month of May, The Hub will feature a post about Teens’ Top Ten. Be sure to check in daily as we visit past winners and current nominees!

Red Riding Hood (2011)

I’ve always loved fairytales. The stories themselves seem timeless, most likely due to the absolute adaptability of the stories. Different countries, different generations, and different times all influence the shape of traditional fairytales. Of course, certain stories are more popular through the ages than others. Tales like “Snow White” appear time and again in various forms. Recently, the story of “Little Red Riding Hood” has seen its own popularity grow. Perhaps the current popularity of werewolf-themed stories has helped elevate this classic tale of a young woman pitted against a savage wolf. Take as an example the 2011 movie Red Riding Hood starring Amanda Seyfried, which places our heroine in a medieval village haunted by a werewolf.

Illustration by Gustave Doré

With fairytales in particular, I like to trace back the origins of a story as much as possible so I can see how the story has evolved with the times. The University of Southern Mississippi provides an interesting resource online called “The Little Red Riding Hood Project.” The resource provides both English translations and original scans of several historical versions of the Little Red Riding Hood story, dating back to the 1729 translation of the classic Charles Perrault French tale, “Le Petit Chaperon rouge.” In this 1729 translation, we see a story of a delicate girl, beautiful and naïve. Both she and her grandmother are eventually eaten alive by the hungry wolf, and the story concludes with a moral about the dangers of “wolves” (in all forms) to young maidens. As time progresses, the story itself changes some. While the young girl may not be consumed by the wolf, she is usually at its mercy and needs the help of a brave woodsman to rescue her.

Flash forward to a unique reinvention of this classic tale in Jackson Pearce’s book, Sisters Red (currently nominated for the 2011 Teens’ Top Ten).  I couldn’t wait to dig into this story to see what shape it would take, and I was not disappointed.

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Book Review: REAL, vol. 1 (manga)

REAL (vol. 1) – Takehiko Inoue [series ongoing]

REAL (vol. 1)

I wanted to write a review for an ongoing manga series that may have slipped under some radars but absolutely should not be missed.  Volumes 1 & 2  also landed on YALSA’s 2009 Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens list. From reading some of my other posts, you probably gathered that I’m more often than not a “shojo” manga girl – I love romance and romantic comedies. Shojo manga series tend to be my perfect snowy day, guilty pleasure reads.  So it’s rare that I pick up a “shonen” or “seinen” manga. And not just any guy-friendly, action-filled manga, but a ‘sports’ manga at that. Perhaps what intrigued me was both the sport that Takehiko chooses to highlight, as well as the very compelling drama that permeates the lives of the three male teenagers:  Tomomi Nomiya (18), Hisanobu Takahashi (17), and Kiyoharu Togawa (19).

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