YA REWIND: Redwall by Brian Jacques

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April 3, 2013

Today on YA Rewind, I’m revisiting a certain sandstone Abbey in Mossflower Wood, home to anthropomorphic mice, squirrels, badgers, hedgehogs, moles, otters, and more. I’ll pay tribute to Brian Jacques as I once again explore his world of riddles, feasts, villainous vermin, and heroic exploits, and discuss the pros and cons of length in novels for young adults.

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YA REWIND: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

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February 27, 2013

Today on YA Rewind, author Gail Carriger joins me for a chat about her new young adult novel, Etiquette & Espionage (Finishing School Book One). We talk about her literary influences, what appealed to her about a teenage protagonist, and why Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality floats above the moors.

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YA REWIND: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

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February 13, 2013

Today on YA Rewind, I talk about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and the tremendous impact the boy wizard has had on my life. After, I spend some time on the Casting Couch discussing the first movie adaptation, its problems and successes, and why I would actually approve of a reboot in ten years.

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YA REWIND: The Mystery of the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

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January 30, 2013

Today on YA Rewind, I’m discussing the fourth book from the Indian in the Cupboard series about a cupboard and magic key that bring plastic figures to life, its unsettling implications, and why writing time travel is always a bitch. Plus, the Great Harry Potter Re-Read Adventure and a visit to the Elephant House – the birthplace of the Boy Who Lived.

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