Last weekend, my sister and I were discussing book formats. I explained how excited I am to get on the e-book bandwagon. Meanwhile, she insists she’ll read paper books forever and only wants her daughter to read print as well.
I love e-books for all the possibilities for readers of all ages (check out Sesame Streets new line of e-books for kids, for example). My sister loves the look, feel, and smell of print books. As someone who owns and checks out of the library A LOT of books, I would love to be able to carry all of them with me all the time. Also, I’m not so found of the sticky, smelly, beat-up library book.
What do you think? Are you ready for e-books? Or hoping to hold on to print forever?
When Allie Thompson graduated, she thought she’d put high school behind her. But when a series of violent outbreaks by teens sends panic surging through the nation, high school is right where Allie finds herself again. Now remolded into what the government calls The Academie, what was once the public school system is now the permanent home of everyone under the age of 22.
After a year away at college and a lifetime as a model student, Allie doesn’t take well to The Academie’s militaristic nature or its 16 foot perimeter fences. Remembering all she’s left behind, including the boyfriend she’s now years away from seeing again, Allie plummets into depression. But when strange things begin to happen and her brother disappears, Allie realizes she must unravel the mystery that is The Academie—before it’s too late.
THE ACADEMIE is speculative, literary fiction for young adults.
Find out more at The Academie website.
I’m 36 and watch cartoons. Kids get to and they don’t even work for a living. Why can’t we?
There’s lots of old 70′s and 80′s cartoons that I still love and try to see as often as possible.But there’s two new animated series, based on 80′s classics, that are absolutely worth seeing: G.I. Joe Renegades and Voltron Force.
First, let me briefly address G.I. Joe Renegades, since I brought it up. Here’s what I love about it: I want to watch it. Okay, there’s more, but first and foremost, it’s caught my attention. This is saying a lot because as a kid, G.I. Joe was a boy’s cartoon. And even though I wasn’t a girly girl, I didn’t want to watch G.I. Joe. There’s so much more I can say for Renegades, but that will have to be the subject of another article, another time. For now, just know that it has fantastic stories and it’s for girls (and women) as much as for boys (and men).
Great stories. This brings me to Voltron Force. I was a huge Voltron fan as a kid. Maybe it helped that the show had a princess. (I wasn’t a girly girl, but I wasn’t a complete tom boy either.) But I think what did it was the robot lions. Robot lions! What could be cooler than that?
Here’s what makes Voltron Force awesome: they didn’t trash the old stories, and they didn’t start the story over, as G.I. Joe has done (very well). Instead, the writers of Voltron Force assume you already know the old stories from the original Voltron (but if you don’t, no worries; you can easily catch on). They pay homage to that history, and they build on it in surprising and super-exciting ways.
I don’t want to spoil it all for you, so instead I’ll leave you with a trailer for the show (below). But let me just say one more thing: there hasn’t been a bad episode yet, and it keeps getting better and better!
What do you think?