YA REWIND: The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen by Lloyd Alexander

December 19, 2012

Today on YA Rewind, after an unexpected hiatus, I’ve gone back to the works of Lloyd Alexander for what may be one of my favorite books of all time: The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen. I talk about how magic helps the moral go down, discuss the changes planned for this podcast in the new year, and finish with Book Jacket Theatre, the segment in which I pull really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve.


Old Children’s Lit for New Readers

June 19, 2012

I’ve had it on my shelf for more than a year, but only cracked the spine on Neil Gaiman’s Newberry award-winning The Graveyard Book last night. In many ways it reminds me of more ‘classical’ children’s literature, the sort of books I was reading as a kid when I wasn’t reading The Baby-sitter’s Club. (I read a lot of the Baby-sitter’s Club. Too much, you might say.) The novel has a definite old-fashioned British sensibility, in addition to Gaiman’s unique style, and I was captivated by the familiarity of the storytelling. Not because it was a familiar tale (it’s about a living boy raised in a graveyard), but because it transports me to a different time. Despite being a modern book, I think this story could take place at any time.