Episode 26: Stargirl

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Stargirl

Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl was a favorite of Alli’s when she was growing up, and in Episode 26, she discovers that she can still mostly love rereading a book from childhood, while also recognizing that it’s pretty problematic. Is she still a Stargirl fan? Tune in and find out! In this episode, Alli and guest Britta Lokting talk about all things high school stereotypes, popularity, and conformity. They also discuss first loves, the #MeToo movement, Taylor Swift, Hillary Clinton, and Alli’s hilarious history as part of her high school’s morning news show. Britta is a New York-based freelance journalist, whose work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, The Baffler, and more. Follow her on Instagram (@blokting) and Twitter (@BrittaLokting).

CHECK OUT BRITTA’S BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

Swing Time: A Novel by Zadie Smith

MORE READING:

“Everything We Know About the Stargirl Movie So Far” (BookBub, 2018)

“Grace VanderWaal Will Play Stargirl in New Movie Adaptation of Jerry Spinelli’s Novel” (Teen Vogue, 2018)

Stargirl” (Kirkus)

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CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO OF GRACE VANDERWAAL, WHO’S SLATED TO PLAY STARGIRL IN THE FORTHCOMING MOVIE!

Episode 25: The Dark Is Rising

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The Dark Is Rising

Published in 1973, Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising feels in many ways like the OG Harry Potter — in it, a young, seemingly average British boy learns on the eve of his eleventh birthday that his fate is much bigger than he ever could have imagined. In Episode 25, Alli (a total newbie to this series!) and guest Erica Berger discuss everything from spiritual energetic centers and childhood nostalgia to Star Wars and modern politics. Are the lines between dark and light really so clear? Is it more important for kid protagonists to learn by making mistakes or by beating impossible odds? Tune in to hear what they think! Hear more from journalist, host, strategist, and investor Erica on the TBD Podcast. Follow her on Twitter (@GoodBerger).

FOLLOW MADELEINE L’ENGLE ON TWITTER: @MadeleineLEngle

CHECK OUT OUR WRINKLE IN TIME EPISODE HERE

CHECK OUT ERICA’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

American Gods: A Novel by Neil Gaiman

Food of the Gods: The Search for the Original Tree of Knowledge by Terence McKenna

Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges

MORE READING:

“Why The Dark Is Rising Is The Book We Need Right Now” (Electric Literature, 2017)

“Re-reading Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising” (Kate Macdonald, 2017)

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Episode 24: The Hate U Give (New Reads November)

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The Hate U Give

Published in 2017, Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give has become a bestselling phenomenon and a conversation starter among readers of all ages. The book — which tells the story of 16-year-old Starr Carter in the days and weeks after her unarmed best friend is shot and killed by a police officer right in front of her — makes the Black Lives Matter movement all the more real for teens and assigns a relatable face to an all-too-frequent tragedy that may feel distant to kids who only hear about it on the news. Traci Thomas joins Alli on Episode 24 to discuss both the merits and the shortcomings of this hugely popular title — and to offer suggestions for important next steps. LA-based Traci hosts The Stacks podcast. Follow The Stacks on Instagram (@thestackspod).

CHECK OUT TRACI’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittney Cooper

Heads of the Colored People: Stories by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

OTHER RECOMMENDED RESOURCES FROM TRACI:

74 Seconds podcast: Who Was Philando Castile? (Apple Podcasts)

16 Shots (Apple Podcasts)

Fruitvale Station (Amazon Prime | YouTube | iTunes | Google Play)

LISTEN TO THE STACKS PODCAST: Apple Podcasts | Google Play | Spotify | Stitcher

MORE READING:

“Social issues YA novels can be terrible. The Hate U Give is a stunning exception.” (Vox, 2018)

The Hate U Give: Angie Thomas’ sensational debut novel should be required reading for clueless white people” (Salon, 2017)

“Angie Thomas: the debut novelist who turned racism and and police violence into a bestseller” (The Guardian, 2017)

The Hate U Give author Angie Thomas on why it’s wrong to ban her Black Lives Matter novel” (Entertainment Weekly, 2018)

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Episode 23: Leah on the Offbeat (New Reads November)

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Leah on the Offbeat

Fans of the movie “Love, Simon” or the book that inspired it Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda will already be familiar with Leah Burke, Simon’s BFF and the title character of Becky Albertalli’s 2018 novel Leah on the Offbeat. In it, cool, confident, and body positive Leah is keeping two major secrets from her tight-knit group of friends: her bisexuality and her lingering feelings for former best pal Abby. Albertalli goes on to explore everything from racism and labels to the LGBTQ+ spectrum and fights in the dressing room with your mom. For Episode 23, we’re joined by real life YA author Laura Stampler. Check out her book Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies and follow her on Twitter (@laurastampler) and Instagram (@lastamp).

CHECK OUT LAURA’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

I’ll Be There for You: The One about Friends by Kelsey Miller

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

READ LAURA’S BOOK!

Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler

MORE READING:

Leah on the Offbeat” (Kirkus Reviews, 2018)

Leah on the Offbeat review: Why it’s the perfect sequel for Simon” (Hypable, 2018)

“3 Reasons Why Leah on the Offbeat Deserves Dear, Simon Levels of Love” (Study Breaks, 2018)

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Episode 22: We Are Okay (New Reads November)

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We Are Okay

Meet Marin, the star of Nina LaCour’s 2017 Printz Award-winning novel We Are Okay. In it, Marin is grappling with the recent loss of her Gramps, whose sudden death reveals the startling and upsetting circumstances of his life. Having moved across the country to start her freshman year of college, she’s isolated herself from everyone back home in order to cope with the fallout of the tragedy. Over the course of We Are Okay, LaCour examines mental illness and tells beautiful, heartbreaking stories of different kinds of love. The guest on Episode 22 is Chiara Charida, who is the co-host of the Books & Booze podcast. Check out the show on Instagram @booksboozepod, and follow Chiara (@bookish.kiki) and her co-host Jade (@boho_bookworm), too!

CHECK OUT CHIARA’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

Scrublands by Chris Hammer

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

MORE READING:

“The National Book Award For Young People’s Literature In 2018 Will Be Awarded To One Of These 10 YA Books” (Bustle, 2018)

We Are Okay — Nina LaCour” (The Beauty of Literature, 2017)

“Q&A with Nina LaCour” (Publisher’s Weekly, 2017)

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Episode 21: When Dimple Met Rishi (New Reads November)

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When Dimple Met Rishi

In the first-ever New Reads November episode, Alli and guest Laura Yamin discuss the 2017 YA novel When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. First-generation American teens Dimple and Rishi meet at a coding conference called InsomniaCon, but — twist! — career-focused Dimple has no idea that their Indian parents are actually working behind the scenes to see if they can arrange a marriage between the two. When she learns the truth, Dimple shuts down the idea entirely, and she and Rishi spend the summer getting to know each other, building an app, choreographing a Bollywood dance routine, and (maybe!) falling in love all on their own. When Dimple Met Rishi is a book about culture, tradition, identity, and first love, and we couldn’t have picked a better debut title for New Reads November. Laura Yamin is the bookworm behind the What to Read Next blog and podcast. Follow her on Instagram (@laurayaminreads).

CHECK OUT LAURA’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

A Place for Us: A Novel by Fatima Farheen Mirza

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps

My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid

LISTEN TO THE WHAT TO READ NEXT EPISODE FEAT. ALLI RIGHT HERE!

MORE READING:

When Dimple Met Rishi Is The Indian-American YA Rom-Com You Need To Read This Summer” (Bustle, 2017)

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon Book Review” (Smart Bitches Trashy Books, 2017)

“7 Reasons to Read When Dimple Met Rishi” (Riveted, 2017)

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Episode 20: The Black Cauldron

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The Black Cauldron

Alli puts aside her distaste for Halloween to dive into Lloyd Alexander’s The Black Cauldron, which is the second book in the beloved high fantasy series, The Chronicles of Prydain. Published in 1965, the book went on to win a Newbery Honor and to inspire a 1985 Disney film. The Black Cauldron tells the story of an unlikely group of crusaders seeking to squelch an undead military force called the Cauldron-Born, but there’s so much more to the book than that. In our 2018 reading, we find it to be a fascinating portrayal of gender politics — the role of heroines, mansplaining, and different versions of masculinity (including the toxic kind). Thanks to author Erin Nelsen Parekh for joining us for this spooky episode! Check out her website Drivel and Drool and follow her on Twitter (@ENParekh).

CHECK OUT ERIN’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

Uprooted: A Novel by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver: A Novel by Naomi Novik

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Behowl the Moon: An Ageless Story from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Erin Nelsen Parekh

MORE READING:

“5 unanswered questions everyone who loves Disney’s The Black Cauldron still has” (HelloGiggles, 2016)

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Episode 19: Sweet Valley High // The New Jessica

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Sweet Valley High // The New Jessica

Throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield mostly made twinning look like a dream… but things are rarely as simple on the inside (LOL). In Volume 32 of Francine Pascal’s beloved Sweet Valley High series, Jessica (AKA the impulsive twin) has decided that she’s sick of being one of an identical pair. She takes drastic action to differentiate herself from Elizabeth (AKA the bookish twin). Hijinks ensue, relationships are tested, and everyone is essentially being the most ridiculous version of themselves. Alli and Sweet Valley High enthusiast Gabrielle Moss talk all the good elements of The New Jessica and Sweet Valley as a whole — escapism, fashion, and hilarity — as well as the bad — privileged behavior, disturbing plotlines, and seriously problematic language.

Gabrielle is the author of Paperback Crush and Glop. Follow her on Twitter (@Gaby_Moss)!

CHECK OUT GABRIELLE’S BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman

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Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ‘80s and ‘90s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss

Glop: Nontoxic, Expensive IdeasThat Will Make You Look Ridiculous and Feel Pretentious by Gabrielle Moss

MORE READING:

“12 of the Sweet Valley High Books’ Most Ridiculous Plotlines” (Mental Floss, 2017)

“How the Sweet Valley girls grew up” (The Guardian, 2012)

“Confessions Of A Former Sweet Valley High Addict” (NPR Books, 2014)

“Oh Sweet Joy, The Sweet Valley High Books Are Getting A Movie Adaptation” (HuffPost, 2017)

“20 Ways The Sweet Valley Series Defined Our Adolescence” (Thought Catalog, 2015)

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Episode 18: Beezus and Ramona

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Beezus and Ramona

Episode 18 is a total sister act! Alli and guest Penny Luksic — both older sisters in their own families — at long last gab about the Quimby family, focusing on Beverly Cleary’s 1955 Beezus and Ramona, which was the first in the Ramona series. We discuss Ramona’s many pest-like — but lovable — antics, reflect on our own experiences growing up with younger siblings, and chat about the lack of diversity and complexity among families featured in the books of this era. Follow Penny on Instagram (@lennypuksic) and Twitter (@lennypuksic)!

CHECK OUT PENNY’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood

MORE READING:

“10 Beverly Cleary Books We All Want Our Kids To Read” (Bustle, 2016)

“10 Facts About Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Books” (Mental Floss, 2014)

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Check out the opening credits for the 10-episode 1988 TV series Ramona! When I was little, i was obsessed with renting VHS tapes of these episodes from Blockbuster when I was home sick for the day!

Episode 17: Twilight

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Twilight

In 2005, Stephenie Meyer’s YA vampire romance fantasy Twilight kicked off a four-book series, a blockbuster movie franchise, and generally a pop culture phenomenon. NBD. In Episode 17, podcaster and entrepreneur Kelly Parker Smith joins us to discuss all things Bella Swan and Edward Cullen, from the moodiness of Forks to the nature of their relationship… and, of course, we cover the age old #TeamEdward vs. #TeamJacob debate. Is Edward weirdly overprotective? Is it cool to be a vampire? We cover these questions and so much more! Check out Kelly’s work at Hello World Paper Co. (www.helloworldpaperco.com), Creative Biz Rebellion Podcast (www.creativebizrebellion.com), and Creative Rebel Base (www.creativerebelbase.com). Follow Hello World Paper Co. (@helloworldpaperco), the Creative Biz Rebellion podcast (@creativebizrebellion), and Kelly’s pattern designs (@kellyparkersmith) on Instagram, too!

CHECK OUT KELLY’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

(**And check out the trailer for the TV series here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5qMoVTAwGk**)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

MORE READING:

“The 10 Meanest Things Critics Have Said About the Twilight Books” (Cosmopolitan, 2015)

“Why Twilight isn’t for everybody” (LA Times, 2008)

Twilight author’s Mormon faith a big influence in books, film” (The State Journal-Register, 2008)

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Episode 16: Julie of the Wolves

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Julie of the Wolves

When author Jean Craighead George traveled to Barrow, Alaska in 1971 to study wolves, she thought it was for an article in Reader’s Digest… but when her editor rejected the piece, she decided to refocus on turning what she’d learned into a book for children. The (Newbery Medal-winning!) finished product was Julie of the Wolves, the story of a 13-year-old Eskimo girl who is forced to learn to survive among a pack of wolves on the tundra after running away from an unhealthy (to say the least) situation at home. In this episode, we talk about isolation, arranged marriage, the differences between Disney and The Revenant, my new puppy, and more. Thanks so much to Rose McAleese for joining us as a guest for Episode 16! Rose is an LA-based screenwriter who’s had the opportunity to write for shows on BET and Complex Magazine’s streaming platform. Check out her work at www.rosemcaleese.com and thenewblogontheblock.com. You can also follow her on Instagram (@rose_ettastone) and Twitter (@rose_ettastone).

CHECK OUT ROSE’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else by Maeve Higgins

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs

MORE READING:

“When You Read Julie of the Wolves in 5th Grade, Here’s What You Didn’t Notice About It” (Bustle, 2014)

“Banned Book Week: Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George'“ (A Reader’s Ramblings, 2010)

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Episode 15: A Wrinkle in Time

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A Wrinkle In Time

In 1962, Madeleine L’Engle’s Newbery Medal-winning A Wrinkle in Time brought readers to bizarre (AKA creepy) new planets, challenged them with theories of physics and time travel, and introduced them to a relatable protagonist in 13-year-old Meg. This book is so beloved, in fact, that stars no less famous than Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and OPRAH were called upon to star in its 2018 adaptation! Loaded Literature’s Anya Spector joins us for Episode 15 to discuss all things A Wrinkle In Time. Follow Anya (@AnyaMSpector) and Loaded Literature (@loadedlitpod) on Twitter.

CHECK OUT ANYA’S BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

Castle in the Sky, Vol. 1 by Hayao Miyazaki

MORE READING:

“How A Wrinkle in Time Lost Its Magic” (The New Republic, 2018)

A Wrinkle in Time: Let’s hope the movie is better than the book” (The Washington Post, 2018)

“The supreme weirdness of reading A Wrinkle in Time as an adult” (Mashable, 2018)

“Rereading A Wrinkle in Time, After a Childhood Enthralled by Madeleine L’Engle” (The New Yorker, 2018)

A Wrinkle in Time ditches the book’s explicit Christian references — and the movie really suffers because of it” (Insider, 2018)

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Episode 14: Lily's Crossing

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Lily’s Crossing

TBH, Patricia Reilly Giff’s Newbery Honor award-winning Lily’s Crossing isn’t a book that I’ve thought about that often since my childhood… but when this week’s guest reminded me of it, I was immediately reminded of how much I’d loved it. In Episode 14, we discuss all the reasons why — the beautiful writing, the relatable main character, and its timeless quality. Oh, and there’s also a hot dad. Brooklyn-based freelance writer, editor, and advertising copywriter Elizabeth Entenman joins us! Elizabeth is currently the books editor at HelloGiggles. Follower her on Instagram (@entenman) and Twitter (@elizabenten), and check out her work at www.elizabethannentenman.com.

CHECK OUT ELIZABETH’S BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

… and check out Elizabeth’s interview with Aja Gabel on HelloGiggles right here!

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Episode 13: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

For the first time EVER, lifelong BFFs Tibby, Carmen, Bridget, and Lena are about to be separated for the summer. Luckily for them, they find a pair of seemingly magic pants to hold them together as they scatter around the world… and luckily for us, Ann Brashares shared their story in her 2001 YA novel The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. There’s a lot more to this book than I realized myself as a teen — questions of sex, depression, death, blended families, and more — and we break it all down in Episode 13. West Philadelphia-based special education teacher Katie Hartman joins us for all the girl talk. Follow Katie’s awesome bookstagram (@katiefullybooked).

CHECK OUT KATIE'S BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer 

MORE READING:

"Here's How The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Rules Would Play Out In Real Life" (MTV News, 2015)

"Thrift Stores Are Magic: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares" (HelloGiggles, 2013)

"10 Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Friendship Lessons Every Woman Needs in Her Life" (Cosmopolitan, 2015)

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Episode 12: Ella Enchanted

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Ella Enchanted

For those of us raised on a steady diet of (often helpless) Disney princesses, Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted was a revelation, a girl power fairy tale retelling. Yes, Ella is passive, but it’s only because she has to be, thanks to an obedience curse placed on her when she was a baby. In Episode 12, we break down the many facets of this smart, spunky — dare we say feminist? (yes.) — heroine. Thanks to Sarah Brittain for joining us as a guest! Sarah is the co-host of the Unassigned Reading podcast. Follow the show on Twitter (@unassignedpod) and Instagram (@unassignedreading).

CHECK OUT ALLI'S PODCAST SHOUTOUT, A PERSONAL FAVE: Here To Make Friends — A Bachelor Recap Show

PRE-ORDER THE ELLA ENCHANTED PREQUEL, OUT OCTOBER 2018: Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

CHECK OUT SARAH'S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers 

MORE READING:

"How The Heroine Of Ella Enchanted (Accidentally) Became A Feminist Icon" (HuffPost, 2017)

"Ella Enchanted Is A Feminist Masterpiece" (Book Riot, 2018)

"5 Feminist Lessons I Learned From Reading Ella Enchanted" (Bustle, 2016)

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Episode 11: Goosebumps // Welcome to Dead House

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Goosebumps // Welcome to Dead House

Twenty years too late, Alli is finally joining the Cool Kids Club and reading Goosebumps for the first time! In Episode 11 of The SSR Podcast, we discuss the first book in this beloved, best-selling series from R.L. Stine, Welcome to Dead House. How scary is too scary for middle grade? Are helicopter parents ruining kid lit? Why are girls socialized to read some book series, while boys are socialized to read others? We’ll discuss these questions and so much more with this week’s guest Sarah Slusher, founder of the Really Into This pop culture blog. Follow Sarah on Instagram (@stslusher) and Twitter (@Stslusher)! You can also follow Really Into This on Instagram (@reallyintothis) and Twitter (@reallyintoblog).

CHECK OUT SARAH'S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction by Gabrielle Moss (<--- now available for pre-order!)

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James 

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang 

Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper 

Ain't She A Peach by Molly Harper 

MORE READING:

"I Re-Read Goosebumps By R.L. Stine As An Adult, And It Still Gave Me Nightmares" (Bustle, 2017)

"The lingering irreverence of R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series" (The Globe and Mail, 2015)

"13 Things You Never Knew About The 'Goosebumps' Book Series From R.L. Stine Himself" (BuzzFeed, 2016)

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Episode 10: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

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The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

On Episode 10, Good Christian Fun podcast co-host Caroline Ely joins us to discuss the third — and best-known — book in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia series, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Published in 1950, it has quite the historical and religious context, and you’ll hear all about it! You’ll also find out which C.S. Lewis book Alli wrote a rap about in elementary school and which Narnian character seriously traumatized her all the way into adulthood. Follow Caroline on Instagram (@carolinesfarts) and Twitter (@CarolinesFarts).

CHECK OUT CAROLINE'S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

Fraud: Essays by David Rakoff

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans

MORE READING:

"16 Facts About The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" (Mental Floss, 2014)

"The Lion, the Witch, and the Really Foul Candy" (Slate, 2005)

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  ***The BBC Mr. Tumnus of Alli's nightmares***

***The BBC Mr. Tumnus of Alli's nightmares***

Episode 09: Little House on the Prairie

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Little House on the Prairie

With the help of elementary education pro and super-reader Drew Gannon, we’re talking all things Little House on the Prairie and Laura Ingalls Wilder on Episode 9. We’ll dig into the historical context of the book (including the elements that have seriously not held up since it was published in 1935), Pa’s general hotness, and more. Follow Drew on Instagram (@drewalison).

CHECK OUT DREW'S BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 

MORE READING:

"Little House on the Prairie and the Truth About the American West" (The New York Times, 2017)

"Finding America, Both Red and Blue, in the Little House Books" (The New York Times, 2017)

"5 Ways the Little House on the Prairie Books Stretched the Truth" (Mental Floss, 2018)

"Reading Little House on the Prairie as an Adult" (Book Riot, 2016)

"Why I Still Love the Little House on the Prairie Books" (The Atlantic, 2011) 

"Yes, Little House on the Prairie is racially insensitive — but we should still read it" (The Washington Post, 2018)

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Episode 08: Animal Farm

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Animal Farm

It’s time for a little required reading! On Episode 8 of The SSR Podcast, we talk with film and TV writer Meredith Dawson about George Orwell’s political allegory Animal Farm… and how it feels eerily similar to the climate in modern America. Follow Meredith on Instagram (@meredawson) and Twitter (@meredawson).

CHECK OUT MEREDITH'S BOOK RECOMMENDATION:

Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas + Mark Olshaker

MORE READING:

"How Animal Farm Gave Hope to Stalin's Refugees" (The Atlantic, 2012)

"George Orwell's Animal Farm: Guide to the rise of authoritarianism in the Donald Trump era?" (Salon, 2018) <--- the most quoted article of the episode! 

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Episode 07: The Baby-Sitters Club // Kristy's Great Idea

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The Baby-Sitters Club // Kristy's Great Idea

Say hello to your friends! The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin is quite possibly the most iconic book series of the 80s and 90s… and we’re breaking it down in Episode 7 of The SSR Podcast. YA superfan and Cosmopolitan Magazine senior editor Jessica Goodman joins us to chat all about the first book in the BSC line-up, Kristy’s Great Idea. Follow Jess on Instagram (@jessicagoodman) and Twitter (@jessgood).

BSC/SATC CHARACTER EQUIVALENCY CHART (per Alli + Jess):

Kristy = Miranda | Mary Anne = Charlotte

Stacie = Samantha | Claudia = Carrie

CHECK OUT JESS'S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Hey Ladies! by Michelle  Markowitz and Caroline Moss (<-- one of Alli's favorites of the summer!)

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott 

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi 

MORE READING:

"As a Boy, I Was Obsessed With the Baby-Sitters Club Books. I Have No Regrets." (Slate, 2016)

"The Feminist Legacy of The Baby-Sitters Club" (The New Yorker, 2016)

"Ann M. Martin on the Enduring Appeal of The Baby-Sitters Club and Rebooting Another Children's Series" (Vulture, 2016)

"The Legacy of The Baby-Sitters Club" (The Atlantic, 2012)

SAY HELLO TO JESS'S FRIENDS:

You heard her shout out to Maddie Boardman and Kase Wickman! Check out their SSR episodes here and here

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