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“Waiting On” Wednesdays: The Hidden Oracle

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan

Hardcover, 376 pages
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
ISBN: 9781484732748
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

What can I say?  It’s Rick Riordan, and a continuation of Percy Jackson’s world. OF COURSE I want to read this book!!! LOL Sorry if I’m a bit too excited for some of you, but I can’t really care too much. These books are really that good. What I’m looking forward to with the start of this new series is that we’re getting the perspective of one of the Gods! Apollo takes center stage and that change in viewpoint is HUGE. I do hope we get the opportunity to see some of the characters from past books. I’d really like to know if Leo ever made it home. But even if it’s got a whole new set of Demigods I bet they’ll be just as cool as their predecessors. Combine Riordan’s trademark humor with his irreverent interpretation of the Ancient Greek and Roman myths, and I just know this will be another epic series!


What are you waiting for this week?


Books, Children's Literature, Do It Yourself Projects, Fashion

Literary Character Halloween Costumes

So, Halloween is fast approaching and I have never been that big on celebrating it, or dressing up. In fact, I don’t think I’ve really tried to create a costume in a very long time, and mostly I’ve half-assed it. (Forgive my cussing, but it’s the truth.) Last year, a delightful blog called The Broke and the Bookish put out an idea which caught my attention, asking what the Top 10 characters are that I would want to be for Halloween… a very good question. Who ARE the fictional book characters that I might want to be for the day? Of course, narrowing it down to just 10 might be tough,  so here’s round 1…

Round 1: Children’s Book Characters:


Annabeth Chase
From: The Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

Why Annabeth?

In spite of the Yankees cap (I’m a Red Sox supporter), this would be an easy costume to pull together (I already own a camp half-blood T shirt). Add some jeans, and perhaps a fake sword and I’d be good to go. Also, she is one of the smartest, toughest, and most awesome characters in children’s/young adult lit. How could I NOT want to go as her?

Hermione with bookHermione Granger
From: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

Why Hermione?

This one is another big fat DUH! She is perhaps one of the greatest literary characters of all time (regardless of age or genre) and she would be fairly easy to piece together a costume for as well. Perhaps the reason she’s not first on my list is because I’ve done another Harry Potter character for Halloween before (Ginny, because my hair already is straight and a bit red). But that also means I’ve already got the gear if I want to give the HP world another go…

Lucy PevensieLucy Pevensie
From: The Chronicles of Narnia

Why Lucy?

Lucy has always been my favorite of the Pevensie children. She’s the one who believed first, and who believed longest, who never wavered in her desire to be a part of Narnia. I love the innocence and faith that she represents in these stories. I also think she got more enjoyment out of this world than the others. She would also be fairly easy to dress as, because I would simply need an old fashioned dress and sweater, and perhaps a bow or clip for my hair. And of course a small jewel-like flash for the potion that Aslan gave her.

Ms. FrizzleMs. Frizzle
From: The Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole

Why Ms. Frizzle?

Outside of her sheer awesomeness, Ms. Frizzle is a character I feel like I could totally pull off! Shaping the wacky hairdos and finding myself a stuffed lizard companion might be a bit tricky, but I’m sure I could find a wacky-patterned dress and some crazy earrings and talk about the wonders of science. I think this would be a big hit as a costume, and would be so much fun to wear!

From: The Madeline series by Ludwig Bemelmans

Why Madeline?

Once again, I feel like this would be a fun, and fairly simple costume to put together… A navy dress with short white gloves, white knee-socks and black shoes. The yellow hat would probably be the trickiest part to get my hands on. Then just a little hair dye and I’m in business. I think people would get a real kick out of seeing a Madeline costume, she’s such a staple of so many people’s childhoods. I would have a blast as her.

Lowly WormLowly Worm
From: The Busy World of Richard Scarry

Why Lowly?

This one I would do for fun, especially if I were going to a party with a bunch of friends or people in my age group (or people who have kids). Because I think Lowly would get a lot of attention. As a costume, this would be a lot harder to pull together. Getting green pants and red high tops would be difficult. So would that crazy little hat. Also, if I wanted to be really authentic, I would probably have to find a way to tie my feet together and hop around (because Lowly only has the one leg, of course).

nancy drewNancy Drew
From: The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

Why Nancy?

She’s such a classic children’s literature character, and her look is pretty iconic. While it might be a pain to try and curl my hair a la the 50’s styling, finding a poofy, collared, old-fashioned dress wouldn’t present much of a challenge. I might also see if I could find a toy car like hers just to be cute. Add a magnifying glass just for those who don’t “get it” right away and I think I’d be all set. I’d probably have to practice my “surprised” face so that I look like all the

Fancy NancyFancy Nancy
From: The Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Connor

Why Nancy?

THIS Nancy would be a riot to dress up as because I could go all-out. Nancy loves to dress up, so I would definitely want to find some grown-up, dress-up clothes (maybe even a tutu) and find lots of sparkly hair pieces and jewelry. Nancy has so many delightful outfits to choose from. Anyone with girly-girls would probably recognize me. And in general I just think this one would be a blast.

Sister BearSister Bear
From: The Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Why Sister Bear?

The Berenstain Bears are some of the most iconic literary characters of my childhood, and I can’t even describe how many videos and books I consumed that were about these lovely bears. Sister Bear was my favorite of the family, so I would want to dress like her. She also probably had the most recognizable look of the family, which would probably be difficult for me to replicate. Pink overalls are not very easy to come by, especially not with a matching pink polka-dot shirt. That would take some doing. But I be the reaction I got from friends and family would be worth it!

Sara Crewe a Little PrincessSara Crewe
From: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Why Sara?

Sara Crewe has been one of my longtime favorite characters, and her story has been wonderfully recreated on film. I think wearing an outfit from the time period of this story (takes place during WWI) would be really interesting and fun. I would want to try for an outfit from before she becomes an orphan (or perhaps do the outfit from when Ram Dass decorates her and Becky’s attic room, and he leaves them beautiful robes and slippers). In any case, it would be fun to live out this fantasy and pair whatever outfit with her signature locket and her doll Emily.


Books, Children's Literature, Fictional Bucket List, Movies

Fictional Bucket List #49



Associated Book/Series: Percy Jackson

Books, Children's Literature, Teaser Tuesdays, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: Day 21 and A Snicker of Magic

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
– Remember to include the title & author, too, so that your followers and any Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their reading lists if your tease has captured their attention!

—> Now on to the main event!

Day 21 (The Hundred, #2) by Kass Morgan

Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
ISBN# 9780316234559
Page: 17 of an e-book ARC

Bellamy nodded with mock solemnity. “Well, if you grow flippers, I promise not to shun you.”

“Oh, trust me. I’m not going to be the only mutant.”

Bellamy raised an eyebrow. “What do you mean?”

Clarke cupped her hands, filled them with water, and splashed it at Bellamy with a laugh. “Now you’ll grow flippers too.”


A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Hardcover, 311 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: February 25th, 2014
ISBN# 9780545552707
Page: 28


The word slithered across the cafeteria table, which didn’t surprise me at all. Lonely had followed me around for as long as I could remember. I never caught that stupid word in my bluebook, but it kept showing up anyway.

Books, Children's Literature, Education, Libraries, Politics, Society, YA

We Need Diverse Books!


“#WeNeedDiverseBooks because

a homogenous world is a





dangerous world.”

Submitted by Shae/Shelver.

Books, Children's Literature

Children’s Books about Latino Culture


Check out our beautiful Latino Culture Collection – and check out the blog for a promotional code from Disney that makes each book available for even less!

(Please feel free to share this with any educators you know!)

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22 Books You Should Read Now, Based On Your Childhood Favorites

Recapture all of that youthful wonder.

These are really great, well-thought out recommendations!


Books, Children's Literature

Diversity (or Lack Thereof) in Children’s Literature


The lack of diversity in kids’ books is a real problem for many kids in need. To become strong readers, they need to see themselves in books and stories.

Today, at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting,  First Book proposed a solution.