Posts tagged ‘Literature’

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Review

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (novel)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Corbin DesJardins, teen blogger

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams is an amazing science fiction book for people who like comedy, action, and aliens. 

The story starts with Arthur, a young man who lives in England. He awakes one day, goes through his morning routine, then goes outside and lies in the dirt. Arthur is in the middle of a battle to keep construction workers from destroying his house to make an intersection.

Ford Perfect is an actor. Or so he pretends. Ford is actually an alien. And in a few minutes the Earth will be destroyed to make an intersection. IRONIC. Arthur and Ford have been friends for 5 years and would like to save Arthur from the repulsive, disgusting, revolting Vogan ship which is about to destroy the world.

Ford beams up himself and his poor unsuspecting friend to the Vogan ship. That’s when Arthur finds out Ford is a writer for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The Vogans find the men on the ship and release them into mid space. Read more…

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Join our Summer Book Club!

Book Club BooksSummer is almost here! It’s time to start choosing those great summer reads for the beach, the park, or even just for a day in your back yard. Want to join a summer book club but aren’t sure about making the commitment? Then, join our virtual summer book club!

For $49.99, you’ll get three book club titles at a reduced price, with reduced shipping (up to an $85 value!) Your books will arrive in June, July and August. Simply read and join the discussion on our Facebook page!

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Not sure if you’re ready to make the commitment? You can still purchase each book club title separately and join in on our Facebook discussion each month. 

Enter to win Bel-Air Dead by Stuart Woods!

Are you a fan of author Stuart Woods‘ popular character Stone Barrington? Well, today is your lucky day! Enter to win your own copy of Woods’ latest Stone Barrington novel, “Bel-Air Dead” today!

How to enter

  • “Like” us on Facebook and answer the poll question,  “What new book are you looking forward to reading this summer?”
  • On May 31, 2011, we will choose one entrant to receive a copy of “Bel-Air Dead.”
  • One winner will be announced on the Brew City Book Lovers Facebook page.
  • You will then have 24 hours to claim your prize via e-mail. When claiming your prize, please include your full name, shipping address, phone number (for shipping questions) and e-mail address. (Don’t worry, we’ll remind you of all of this when we announce the winner!)


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Can’t wait for the contest to end to get your book? Purchase your copy of “Bel-Air Dead” today! For a limited time only, take 10% off the purchase price with coupon code DEAD0611. Coupon valid through June 30, 2011.

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  • By entering this contest, you give Brew City Book Lovers to use your name for promotional purposes.
  • To be eligible, your answer to the question, “What new book are you looking forward to reading this summer?” must include the title of an actual book. Other comments entered in the poll will be disqualified.

Discussion: Eulalie and the Hopping Head by David Small

Cover of "Eulalie and the Hopping Head"

Cover of Eulalie and the Hopping Head

By Mandy Webster

Eulalie and the Hopping Head. David Small. Macmillan, 2001.

I stumbled upon a description of David Small’s children’s book, Eulalie and the Hopping Head while researching the author for a book discussion on his graphic novel, Stitches. The description caught my attention, so I decided to check this one out from the library to read to my four year old.

My son loved Eulalie, and now, even several days after returning the book, he still talks about her.

On first reading, Avery was scared of Mrs. Shinn, the high-class fox who claims that all nine of her children are absolutely perfect. Personally, I still wonder about Mrs. Shinn, who apparently had seen the poor perfect child, owner of the hopping head, abandoned in the park several days prior and thought nothing of leaving the child there to fend for herself! Read more…

Book Review: The Florist’s Daughter by Patricia Hampl

Canoes at Phalen Lake, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1905.

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By Mandy Webster

The Florist’s Daughter. Patricia Hampl. Harcourt, Inc. 2007.

Patricia Hampl’s memoir, The Florist’s Daughter, is a wordy trip down the historic path of both Hampl’s life and her home town of St. Paul, Minnesota. Hampl practices her lifetime habit of taking notes at the bedside of her dying mother while wending her way through memories of her middle class life in the middle of America.

While holding her mother’s hand, the author shares a plethora of memories of her ‘ordinary’ parents who seem extraordinary to her simply because Read more…

Read with Me: November Books

Here’s my list of books to get through this month. Read along with me on one or several, and tell me what you think!

  • Tantalize” by Cynthia Leitich Smith: This is a YA novel mentioned by my professor this semester. My book lists will likely include at least one YA read each month, as those are quick and easy to get through.
  • Creating Character Emotions” by Ann Hood: I am reading this book because I’m struggling to give the characters in my own stories the proper emotions. This specific book was recommended by my professor. Read more…

Join the Young Reviewers Circle

Smart Pop is looking for young reviewers (age 8-12) to join the BenBella Books Young Reviewers Circle. The group is currently reviewing “The Sword of Darrow” by Alex and Hal Malchow. As a member of the Young Reviewers Circle, your child will receive:

  • A special, personalized pre-release edition of the magical new children’s book, The Sword of Darrow
  • An official BenBella Books Young Reviewers Circle membership certificate
  • A signed copy of “The Sword of Darrow” when it’s officially released next year.
  • Their name, actually printed in the book, recognizing them as a member of the BenBella Books Young Reviewers Circle.

Questions about the Young Reviewer Program?
Email youngreviewers@benbellabooks.com.