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1. The Marvel Rundown: Comics and Television Collide in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

331735._SX640_QL80_TTD_Personal confession time. Over the past 15+ weeks I have reviewed each and every #1 in the ongoing Marvel All-New, All-Different Universe…except for one. One that still haunts me to this day. See, the day Marvel launched Secret Wars #9 was also the same day that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  #1 came out. I wanted to […]

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2. Newbery Award

Get the inside scoop on how the Newbery Award book is chosen.


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3. ‘Yearbook’ by Bernardo Britto

A man is hired to compile the definitive history of human existence before the planet blows up.

The post ‘Yearbook’ by Bernardo Britto appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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4. Watch: Five ‘Song of the Sea’ Animator Reels

A unique look at how different animators planned their scenes and animated the characters in the Oscar-nominated film "Song of the Sea."

The post Watch: Five ‘Song of the Sea’ Animator Reels appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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5. ‘Peanuts Movie’ Out on Digital HD Today (Exclusive Documentary Clip)

Watch an exclusive clip from "You Never Grow Up Charlie Brown," offering insights into the film's distinctive animation style.

The post ‘Peanuts Movie’ Out on Digital HD Today (Exclusive Documentary Clip) appeared first on Cartoon Brew.

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6. Review of Maybe a Fox

appelt_maybe a foxMaybe a Fox
by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee
Intermediate, Middle School   Dlouhy/Atheneum   261 pp.
3/16   978-1-4424-8242-5   $16.99   g
e-book ed. 978-1-4424-8244-9   $10.99

Eleven-year-old Jules, a budding geologist, and her twelve-year-old sister Sylvie, the fastest kid in school, live with their father in rural Vermont. Because the girls’ mother died when Jules was small, her memories, frustratingly, are dim. She does remember the awful sight of their mother collapsing onto the kitchen floor, and then six-year-old Sylvie sprinting as fast as she could to get help, but it was too late. And now Sylvie is the one who has disappeared: one morning before school she takes off running in the woods and never comes back; they think she tripped into the river and was swept away. At the same time, a fox kit, Senna, is born, with the instinctual desire to watch over and protect Jules. Because foxes are considered good luck, Jules’s occasional glimpses of Senna bring her some peace. A catamount, too, is rumored to be in the woods, along with a bear, and at book’s climax, the human, animal, and (most affectingly) spirit worlds collide and converge. This is a remarkably sad story that offers up measures of comfort through nature, family, community, and the interconnectedness among them. The sisters’ best friend, Sam, who is himself grieving for Sylvie and desperately longs to see that catamount, is happy to have his brother Elk home from Afghanistan, but Elk’s own best friend Zeke didn’t return, leaving Elk bereft; he and Jules mourn their losses in the woods. Zeke’s grandmother is the one to whom Sylvie ran when their mother collapsed and who now brings soup for Jules, and for her kind, stoic, heartbroken father. A good cry can be cathartic, and this book about nourishing one’s soul during times of great sadness does the trick.

From the January/February 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

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7. Pick of the Week for MYSTERY and This Week’s Topic



It’s Illustration Friday!

Please enjoy the wonderful illustration above by Gianfranco Bonadies, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of MYSTERY. Thanks to everyone who participated with drawings, paintings, sculptures, and more. We love seeing it all!

You can see a gallery of ALL the entries here.

And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic:


Here’s how:

Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage).

Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc.

Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and submit your illustration (see big “Submit your illustration” button on the homepage).

Step 4: Your illustration will then be added to the public Gallery where it will be viewable along with everyone else’s from the IF community!

Also be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to our weekly email newsletter to keep up with our exciting community updates!


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8. FROM THE BACKLIST - Aaron and Alexander: the Most Famous Duel in American History by Don Brown

Aaron and Alexander: the Most Famous Duel in American History Written and illustrated by Don Brown Roaring Brook Press. 2015 ISBN: 9781596439986 Grades 5 - 12 I borrowed a copy of this book from my local public library. Aaron and Alexander could have been friends. They were alike in many ways. But the ways in which they were different made them the worst of enemies. Brown’s

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9. KING BRONTY Episode 7 WITCH CASTLE By John Randall York a hand drawn we...

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10. Illustration Challenge #36

I told you about my homework assignment, which I did at the National Museum of Scotland. How about try it yourself? Go find a public place where you can sit quietly to one side (preferably with a cup of tea) and draw what you see. It can be terrible, nobody has to see what you create but you. Try to capture the motion and energy of the people around you. Personally, I hope to do this a lot more often, so perhaps I'll be joining you!

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11. Reading Habits on Valentine’s Day: INFOGRAPHIC

Digital publishing community Wattpad has created several infographics exploring reading habits around Valentine’s Day.

One graphic reveals that 9 percent of readers read a romance on the holiday last year. Another breaks out smut versus romance. Another breaks down reading behaviors by state.

We have the series of graphics for you after the jump.

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12. Presidential Polar Bear Post Card Project No. 84 & 85 -- sort of!

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13. The Retailer’s View // Rebirthing Pains

CZWmORAWcAEl54H.jpgIt’s been quite a while since the last edition of The Retailer’s View, and there are several reasons for that. Almost all of them can be grouped under the heading “year one of a business is tricky as hell”, though a bit can be attributed to the emotional drop I encountered at the end of […]

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14. Sometimes we only write in writing workshop

My sixth graders have been busy drafting their feature articles this week, and I had a series of mini lessons planned to begin each writing workshop day. My students, however, had other ideas.

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15. Book Launch: Compare and Contrast Books

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It’s nonfiction Friday and we are featuring two new books that launched this week. Mammals by Katharine Hall and Sharks and Dolphins by Kevin Kurtz!

Written for young nature enthusiasts the Compare and Contrast Book series takes children into the wild with beautiful photographs and simple text to explain complicated concepts.

Katharine-Hall2014Author Katharine Hall began the series with Polar Bears and Penguins showing children that these animals live at opposite ends of the earth. Then she dove into plant life with Trees and flew to the sky with Clouds. Hall set her sights on slithering and slimy creatures comparing the similarities and differences in Amphibians and Reptiles even introducing the field of herpetology to young readers. This week Mammals joins the lineup comparing animals that live on land and in the sea along with two-legged and four-legged animals.

kurtz_kevinTeaming up with Hall, aquatic educator and expert Kevin Kurtz joined the Compare and Contrast Book series releasing Sharks and Dolphins this week. The no-nonsense facts will help young readers understand that although both of these animals live in the salty ocean each has a different way of life.

Extend the learning with great activities in our Teaching Activities Guide. This, along with author interviews and more information about the series is available on each book’s homepage. Visit Mammals or Sharks and Dolphins to learn more.

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16. Rarest of Rare

एक साल पूरा होने पर शुभकामनाएं अरविंद केजरीवाल जी Delhi’s Youngest Chief Minister कभी AAP के अपने लोगो की नाराजगी … तो कभी ज़नता का प्यार…..कभी खांसी तो कभी मफलर का बना मजाक …. कभी गिरता तो कभी उठता … ऑड ईवन प्रतिक्रियाओं से भरपूर बीता एक साल … !!! शुभकामनाएं अरविंद जी Rarest of […]

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And here, for the first time, is the cover of my latest children’s humorous fantasy to be released during 2016 by Crimson Cloak Publishing!


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18. Emotional Wounds Thesaurus Entry: Wrongful Imprisonment

When you’re writing a character, it’s important to know why she is the way she is. Knowing her backstory is important to achieving this end, and one of the most impactful pieces of a character’s backstory is her emotional wound. This negative experience from the past is so intense that a character will go to great lengths to avoid experiencing that kind of pain and negative emotion again. As a result, certain behaviors, beliefs, and character traits will emerge.

Characters, like real people, are unique, and will respond to wounding events differently. The vast array of possible emotional wounds combined with each character’s personality gives you many options in terms of how your character will turn out. With the right amount of exploration, you should be able to come up with a character whose past appropriately affects her present, resulting in a realistic character that will ring true with readers. Understanding what wounds a protagonist bears will also help you plot out her arc, creating a compelling journey of change that will satisfy readers.

NOTE: We realize that sometimes a wound we profile may have personal meaning, stirring up the past for some of our readers. It is not our intent to create emotional turmoil. Please know that we research each wounding topic carefully to treat it with the utmost respect. 


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  • Being deliberately framed
  • Being mistaken for the criminal because of similar physical features, race, etc.
  • Someone committing perjury and setting one up to save someone else
  • Being found guilty because of the prejudices of a jury or judge

Basic Needs Often Compromised By This Wound: physiological needs, safety and security, love and belonging, esteem and recognition, self-actualization

False Beliefs That May Be Embraced As a Result of This Wound:

  • I will never be free again.
  • God must be punishing me for something I’ve done.
  • I’m partly to blame for what happened; if I hadn’t been in that place, at that time, doing what I was doing…
  • The system I trusted betrayed me; I’ll never be able to trust anyone or anything again.
  • Hating the people/group/organization that did this to me will make me feel better.
  • There’s no point in following the rules if I’m going to be punished anyway.
  • I’ll never be able to go back to my life again.
  • I’ll never be able to achieve my dreams.
  • Maybe what they say/think about me is true.
  • If I let someone else be in control of me, they’re going to take advantage of me.

Positive Attributes That May Result: ambitious, cautious, independent, industrious, just, persistent, private, proactive, resourceful, thrifty, tolerant

Negative Traits That May Result: abrasive, addictive, antisocial, apathetic, callous, confrontational, controlling, cynical, defensive, hostile, humorless, inflexible, inhibited, irrational, jealous, martyr, morbid, paranoid,pessimistic, rebellious, reckless, resentful, self-destructive, temperamental, timid, uncooperative, ungrateful, vindictive, violent, volatile, withdrawn,

Resulting Fears:

  • Fear of never getting out of jail
  • Fear of losing one’s family or loved ones
  • Fear that people will think badly of one
  • Fear of trusting others
  • Fear of others being in control
  • Fear of being disappointed again

Possible Habits That May Emerge: 

  • Being suspicious of and distrusting those in authority
  • Flouting the rules, since following them never did one any good anyway
  • Hating and acting out against the people/group/organization responsible for one’s imprisonment
  • Turning away from one’s faith
  • Clinging to one’s faith
  • Becoming suspicious of the institutions or people that one formerly trusted
  • Becoming accustomed to life in prison out of the knowledge that one will never be able to live
  • Withdrawing from loved ones (returning their letters, not showing up on visiting days) as a way of leaving them before they have a chance to do the leaving
  • Clinging to loved ones
  • Doubting oneself; becoming insecure
  • Becoming determined to prove one’s innocence as a way of striking back at one’s accusers
  • Becoming pessimistic or cynical in one’s thoughts and words
  • Lowering one’s expectations in regards to what one will be able to do or what one can do
  • Refusing to let others control oneself
  • Becoming controlling of others
  • Becoming antisocial; being disillusioned with and fighting everyone and everything
  • Engaging in self-destructive behaviors (drugs, alcohol use, picking fights with others, etc.)

TIP: If you need help understanding the impact of these factors, please read our introductory post on the Emotional Wound Thesaurus. For our current list of Emotional Wound Entries, go here.

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19. Something Old, Something Lu 2/12/16 — Is JONESY #1 Fun for All Ages? How Do Tynion IV & Paquette Fare on BATMAN #49?

BannerAre you ready to fall in love with comics this weekend?

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20. Michael Wood on The Story of The Stone

       In The Guardian Michael Wood wonders Why is China's greatest novel virtually unknown in the west ? -- meaning, of course, Cao Xueqin's The Story of The Stone (also known as Dream of the Red Chamber), which I hope many of my readers are, in fact, familiar with.
       Wood apparently shared a house with translator David Hawkes while at Oxford, so there's some nice background about him and the translation, too.

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21. Topsy Turvy

Tomorrow will be frigid
Or at least that's what they say,
With wind chills on the minus side - 
An indoor-staying day.

But then on Tuesday, temps will rise
To 52 degrees,
Allowing all the icy spots
To rapidly unfreeze.

I never know which jacket
Is appropriate to wear
In this topsy turvy weather,
Once considered very rare.

When unpredictable's the norm
What's surely come to pass
Is, like Alice, we have ventured forth
Beyond the looking glass.

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22. आज कल के बच्चे और माँ

सारी माँए पागल ही होती हैं कई बार लिखते हुए चश्मा बहुत प्रोब्लम देता है. खासकर जब कुछ इमोशनल लिखना हो.. बार बार चश्मा उतार कर नम हुई आखें पोंछ्ना फिर लिखना फिर चश्मा उतार कर आंसू पोछ्ना… उफ्फ … आज मेरी एक सहेली से कुछ बात ही ऐसी हुई कि मन भावुक हो गया […]

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23. Help Wanted

A new opening awaits your amusing continuations.

See link in sidebar.

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24. Chad Post Q & A

       At Book Riot Rachel Cordasco was Talking Translation With Chad Post of Open Letter Books, covering a variety of the-state-of-publishing-translations stuff.
       (And always nice to see a The Weather Fifteen Years Ago shout-out !)

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25. New York Public Library Team Creates an Interactive Map of Fictional Romances

nypl logoDo you plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend?

The New York Public Library team created a map of fictional romances set in New York City. According to the organization’s blog post, a group of book experts shared some of “their favorite romantic scenes that take place in the city.”

This interactive map features several well-known spots such as The Museum of Natural History, The Strand bookstore, and the 7 train. Some of the books that provided these locations include The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, and The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. Follow this link to view the map.

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