Mockingjay Written by Suzanne Collins
The Gist: The dramatic conclusion to the dystopian young adult epic set in what used to be the United States where the Districts are waging war against the Capitol.
Story Summary: After the attack on District 12, all the survivors are taken in by District 13. President of [...]
House of Many Ways Written by Diana Wynne Jones
The Gist: Charmain had led a very sheltered life and for the first time is allowed to do things as she wishes–whether they be respectable or not.
Story Review: Charmain isn’t allowed to do anything that according to her mother is not respectable– this [...]
Castle in the Air Written by Diana Wynne Jones
The Gist: In a land where prophecies must always come to pass, a young carpet seller defies all odds to meet, fall in love, and fight for the privilege to marry a princess.
Story Review: Abdullah, a young carpet seller, meets Flower-in-the-Night, a sheltered [...]
Howl’s Moving Castle Written by Diana Wynne Jones
The Gist: In a world where magic is as normal as royalty, a young woman seeks to reverse the curses that plague her.
Story Review: Sophie is the oldest of three and fully believe the superstition that the eldest of three will be a failure. [...]
Panel from the Neverwhere graphic novel of Marquis de Carabas
Story Link: One of the characters in Neverwhere, the Marquis de Carabas, deals in information and is paid by favors. He never produces a tangible product and he doesn’t take monetary payment.
The Idea: Trade teaching a skill in exchange for learning a [...]
Outside the Georgia Aquarium
Finding Nemo is a story about a parent and child learning that they are both fully capable of living their own lives. The story is populated by marine life, which provides the perfect excuse to go to the aquarium to learn more about the animals that teach Nemo and [...]
Crossing Abbey Road in London, a few years back
I thought I’d share a few of the fun resources I’ve stumbled across in my media immersion research– including others visiting the fictional world in real life. The linked names in the parentheses are Twitter handles. After all it is #FollowFriday.
Red Letter Media [...]
Shot from the front of Criminal Records The comics section at Criminal Records
In doing some research for the I Kill Giants post I got to do a little Atlanta exploration, specifically at Criminal Records a pop culture store with records, comics, hard to find periodicals (like Bust). On the day I went [...]
I Kill Giants Written by Joe Kelly Illustrated by JM Ken Niimura
The Gist: Barbara Thorson, a strong-willed fifth grader at Birchwood Elementary School, has problems. Barbara’s home life is askew and at school she’s a frequent flier in both the principal’s and school psychologist’s offices. Barbara also sees supernatural things like fairies [...]