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20676. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON - Drive Through Movie Review

********** NO SPOILERS**********


The Nerd Riders are at it again! This time they give you their review of one of the biggest comic book films in Hollywood history. 

Which Avenger would you want to be?

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20677. परिचय – मोनिका गुप्ता

Monica guptaपरिचय … जोकि “नन्हे सम्राट” बाल पत्रिका  में धारावाहिक “वो तीस दिन” के दौरान प्रकाशित हुआ!!

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20678. Pick of the Week for TENSE and This Week’s Topic


Happy Illustration Friday!

We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Paula Pang, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of TENSE. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring!

You can also see a gallery of all the other 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 participant 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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20679. Preview: M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN #1 by Yost and Pinna

Modok! This little Marvel villain with the oversized noggin’ remains a cult favorite, and who are we to deny the people their Modok. IT’s all part of this Secret Wars business that’s got everyone in a tizzy. Modok can only increase the tizziness.




There’s a new killer in town, and he’s taking the Secret Wars by storm. Evil has a new face. A giant face with no body. Prepare to meet the deadliest hitman on Battleworld in M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN #1 – a brand new Secret Wars limited series coming this May! Writer Christopher Yost (co-writer Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Amazing X-Men) and artist Amilcar Pinna (All-New Ultimates) take you inside Battleworld’s wildest domain! Enter Killville, the only place on all of Battleworld where murder is always the correct answer. If you’ve got a problem – kill it! In a world populated by fearsome thieves, mercenaries and ne’er do wells – there is one who is a HEAD above the rest. M.O.D.O.K.! The Mental Organism Designed Only for KILLING! And when he’s got you in his sights you’re dust. But his next job may just put him in over his head. A job that will force him to go toe-to-toe with Doc Ock, Bullseye, Baron Mordo and more – and that’s just the first issue! Believe us, bullets will fly and heads will roll this May when M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN #1 comes to town!


MODOK ASSASIN #1 (of 5) (MAR150678)



Variant Cover by GABRIEL HERNANDEZ WALTA (MAR150679)

FOC – 05/04/15, On-Sale – 05/27/15


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20680. Marvel and Netmarble Team Up to Launch New Mobile RPG Game


Netmarble Games (Seven Knights, Raven) today announced the launch of a new Marvel Comics licsensed mobile game for Android and iOS. Available for free on both the App Store and Google Play across 148 countries, Marvel Future Fight features 36 of Marvel’s world-famous Super Heroes and Super Villains.

Among the characters playable in the game will be Spider-Man, Daredevil, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Avengers. The game features a story penned by Marvel comics writer Peter David. Players can experience the world of Marvel firsthand across four action-packed modes. Among them are the typical Player vs. Environment, 3-0n3 Player vs. Player, a Villain Siege mode that uses the gamers knowledge of the Marvel U to help uncover evil plots hatched by some of the publisher’s laundry list of villains, and Dimensional Rift will be a series of challenges that test players skills.

Future Fight joins the wide library of current Marvel mobile games available now. To mark the launch of “Marvel Future Fight,” Netmarble and Marvel have created a week-long event that will allow players to unlock a special Iron Man armor for free. Check out a video highlighting the gameplay of Marvel Future Fight.

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20681. Rambling on a Thursday Afternoon...

Yep, that's what you get from me today, because it is the last week of school and my upcoming weekend will be filled with GRADING FUN as well as previously scheduled and poorly timed social engagements.Saturday, for instance, I'll be attending the... Read the rest of this post

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20682. Poetry Seven Share Pantoums

During the month of April the Poetry Seven spent their time working on the pantoum. Here is a description of the form.
The pantoum is a poem made up of stanzas of four lines where lines 2 and 4 of each stanza are repeated as lines 1 and 3 of the next stanza. The final stanza of a pantoum has an interesting twist. Lines 2 and 4 are the same as the 3rd and 1st of the first stanza, thereby using every line in the poem twice. 
Keep in mind that this form of poetry is of an indefinite length. It could be 3 stanzas, 4 stanzas or 20! 
(Adapted from The Teachers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms.)
There was no theme this time around, just two words--certainties and flight.

My very first thought was the phrase "certainties of flight." This made me think of birds and later, baby birds. I ended up writing many, many versions of a wood duck poem. In the first draft I shared with my sisters, the 2nd line of the 2nd stanza was "in trees that stretch so tall." I disliked "so tall" and wanted something like towering trees, but couldn't find a way to say it. Then it hit me that I was describing one nest and needed only one tree. So, I changed it to "in a tree that stretches tall." I still wasn't happy with the description, but wanted to keep the end rhyme because I liked where it took the poem. In the most recent version I picked a specific tree and chose the word sky for my end rhyme. This one change, of course, meant changes elsewhere. Without further ado, here are both poems, the first shared draft and my most recent revision.

Untitled Pantoum Draft V.1

Do wood duck ducklings dream of flight
when huddled in the nest together?
Picture the world from a dizzying height
while from the ground untethered?

Huddled in the nest together
in a tree that stretches tall
from the ground untethered
soon they’ll leap and fall

In a tree that stretches tall
high above the forest floor
brave young ducklings leap and fall
uncertain drop before they soar

High above the forest floor
looking down from a dizzying height
uncertain drop before they soar
wood duck ducklings dream of flight

Untitled Pantoum (Semi-Final Draft)

Do wood duck ducklings dream of flight
while huddled sleeping in their nest
the world below a glorious sight
the urge to jump for now suppressed

Huddled sleeping in their nest
red oak stretching toward the sky
the urge to jump can’t be suppressed
soon they’ll fall before they fly

Red oak stretching toward the sky
high above the forest floor
ducklings fall before they fly
uncertain drop before they soar

High above the forest floor
the world below a glorious sight
uncertain drop before they soar
wood duck ducklings dream of flight

Poems ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2015. All rights reserved.

My writing of the above poem was inspired by something I saw several years ago while watching the BBC series Planet Earth. Of course, these are Mandarin ducks, but woods ducks have the exact same experience, and this jumping/falling from a great height stuck with me.

While working on the wood duck poem, the phrase "flight risk" kept popping into my head. When it took root and wouldn't leave, I started thinking about escaping small town life and began working on a second piece. Here is an early draft of this poem, also still a work in progress.

Flight Risk

She was a flight risk from the start
with dreams too big to be restrained
small town girl, big city heart
she sought an honest life unchained

With dreams too big to be restrained
by certainties of rural life
she sought an honest life unchained
wouldn’t be some farmer’s wife

Forget the certainties of life
she was reaching for the moon
refused to be some farmer’s wife
and disappeared one afternoon

She was reaching for the moon
small town girl, big city heart
she disappeared one afternoon
fled to chase a brand new start

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2015. All rights reserved.

You can read the poems written by my Poetry Seven compatriots at the links below. 

I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Ellen at Space City Scribes. Happy poetry Friday friends! 

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20683. 2015 Russ Manning Awards nominees announced


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Art by Greg Smallwood

This year’s nominees for the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award (commonly referred to as The Manning Award) have been announced. And they are:

The 2015 nominees are:

Jorge Corona, artist of Feathers (Archaia), Goners (Image), and Teen Titans Go (DC)

Vanesa R. Del Rey, artist of Hit (BOOM! Studios)

GABO (Gabriel Bautista), artist of The Life After (Oni Press)

Leila del Duca, artist of Shutter (Image)

Greg Smallwood, artist of Moon Knight (Marvel) and Dream Thief (Dark Horse)

Del Rey and Smallwood were nominees in 2014  as well.

Over the year Manning Award winners include Dave Stevens, Jan Duursema, Steve Rude, Scott McCloud, Art Adams, Eric Shanower, Dan Brereton, Jeff Smith, Gene Ha, Alexander Maleev, David Petersen, Cathy Malkasian, Eleanor Davis, and Tyler Crook.It’s good company.

The winner, as selected by past Manning award winners and Russ Manning assistants, will be presented as part of the Eisner Award ceremony on July 10th. Nominees are selected by a committee including members of the West Coast Comics Club and Comic-Con International.

More information about the Manning Awards can be found at http://www.comic-con.org/awards/russ-manning


Comic-Con International is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.

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20684. Elena Vanishing by Elena Dunkle and Clare B. Dunkle

Reviewed by Jess ELENA VANISHINGby Elena Dunkle & Clare B. DunkleHardcover: 288 pagesPublisher: Chronicle Books (May 19, 2015)Language: EnglishGoodreads | Amazon Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of

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20685. Comment on Charity Auction and Fun Writing Tool by PK Hrezo

Hey Mary! Thank you so much for featuring the auction, and for donating! It means the world to Queena and her family. :)

Wine director? Nice gig!


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20686. back to classics

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back to classics, a photo by dibujandoarte on Flickr.

after so many crazy stuff I always need to back to "more realistic" works,
in this case I was trying some new paper I just bought and came across this
image from a book.
charcoal on paper, kneaded eraser and fingers. about 45x65 cm.

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20687. Rabbit Rabbit May

Rabbit Rabbit! May Desktop Calendar, watercolor, ink and digital collage, © 2015 by Lisa Firke

Rabbit Rabbit! May Desktop Calendar, watercolor, ink and digital collage, © 2015 by Lisa Firke

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20688. backstory: this volume or next?

We sometimes begin our stories in medias res, in the midst of things, with no preamble as to who these characters are, or how this situation developed.  It's often a good strategy, and can help capture a reader in the crucial early pages of a book.

A competing strategy for a writer is to first spend some time characterizing the protagonist(s), the principal problem(s) he faces, and the obstacles or opponents he must overcome.  In this strategy, a tendency exists for the writer to load the development of a story with too much detail, before a reader might even have had a chance to become invested in the characters or the problem of the story.

Depending on our chosen writing strategy, if we need to reveal some important facet of the character's life, or the development of the problem, before the time of the narrative, i.e., a backstory, the writer will often resort to a 'flashback.'  The flashback can be as short as a few sentences, or it might encompass an entire chapter embedded within the narrative of the current story.  Regardless, an effective flashback can be difficult to use without disturbing the 'fictional dream' (John Gardner, The Art of Fiction) for the reader, and possibly losing our reader.

It was interesting to note how how author Marilynne Robinson addressed the absence of any backstory for an otherwise quite interesting character, Lila, who appeared in Gilead, her 2005 Pulitzer Prize winning novel.  Lila was an intriguing young woman who appeared out of nowhere to marry a much older preacher in this spare, beautifully written story set in the mid-ninteenth century Iowa plains.

Robinson devoted a subsequent novel, Lila, to explain this unique woman.  I'm in the middle of reading it, and a confluence of yesterdays's life drawing session, see my watercolor sketch above, and this week's evening readings of Lila, gave rise to the musings about a use of backstory in fiction.  I hope it's been interesting.

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20689. Frustrated

Incredibly frustrated.

I am so tired of being contacted by freelancers hired to write about Alaska aviation for major publications even though they are not pilots, know little (or anything at all) about aviation and have no knowledge of aviation in Alaska. I answer their questions, I’m very polite, I’m indeed quite helpful but I’m tired of it. I’m tired of being good enough to serve as an information source for people who know practically nothing on this topic but not good enough to be hired to write for these publications myself.

Sometimes, I wish this was not my topic of interest. Frankly, sometimes I wish I did not write anything at all. Once upon a time I was on track for a career in airport management which came with the expected host of local and office politics. But still…I went to work, I did my job and I went home and didn’t think about it until the next time I went to work. There is something appealing in that, in just not thinking about your job for hours at a time. With writing it’s always with you, even when you dream.

I’ve got to find a way to deal with this frustration and focus on my writing. There’s got to be a better way to approach what I want to do with my time (with my life) then what I’m doing now.

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20690. May 2015 Desktop Calendar

Hello May!
This month I thought I'd try something a little bit different. I created some hand-dyed watercolour and Yupo papers with acrylic inks, and experimented with cut paper and plasticine. Lots of possibilities to explore further...
To download, please click on the screen resolution above and then right click and "save to desktop".

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20691. April Reflections

In April I reviewed 61 books.

Board books:

  1. Board Book: The Babies and Doggies Book. John Schindel and Molly Woodward. 2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 26 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  2. Board Book: This Little Piggy. A Finger & Toes Nursery Rhyme Book. Natalie Marshall. 2015. [May] Scholastic. 12 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Board book: Red Light, Green Light. Yumi Heo. 2015. [June] Scholastic. 20 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
Picture books:
  1. Hippos Are Huge. Jonathan London. Illustrated by Matthew Trueman. 2015. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music. Margarita Engle. Illustrated by Rafael Lopez. 2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. The Maine Coon's Haiku and Other Poems for Cat Lovers. Michael J. Rosen. Illustrated by Lee White. 2015. Candlewick. 56 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  4. Dick Whittington and His Cat. Told and cut in linoleum by Marcia Brown. 1950. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner. Gareth Edwards. Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees. 2015. [April] Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  6. Jampires. Sarah McIntyre. Illustrated by David O'Connell. 2015. [June] Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. The Cat In the Hat Comes Back. Dr. Seuss. 1958. Random House. 63 pages. [Source: Library]
  8. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. Dr. Seuss. 1958/2008. Random House. 96 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  9. Happy Birthday to You! Dr. Seuss. 1959. Random House. 64 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. Dr. Seuss. 1960. Random House. 60 pages. [Source: Library]
  11. Side by Side. Rachel Bright. Illustrated by Debi Gliori. 2015. [April] Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  12. Prince of a Frog. Jackie Urbanovic. 2015. [May] Scholastic.  32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  13. Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure. Derek Anderson. 2015. [April] Scholastic. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Early readers/early chapter books:
  1. The Bears on Hemlock Mountain. Alice Dalgliesh. Illustrated by Helen Sewell. 1952. 64 pages. [Source: Bought]

Middle grade:
  1. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis. 1950. HarperCollins. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. Prince Caspian. C.S. Lewis. 1951. HarperCollins. 240 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. The Family Under the Bridge. Natalie Savage Carlson. Illustrated by Garth Williams. 1958/1989. HarperCollins. 123 pages.
  4. The Devil's Arithmetic. Jane Yolen. 1988. Penguin. 170 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. Number the Stars. Lois Lowry. 1989. (Won Newbery in 1990) 137 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  6. Gone Away Lake. Elizabeth Enright. 1957. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. Ginger Pye. Eleanor Estes. 1950. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 306 pages. [Source: library]
  8. Charlotte's Web. E.B. White. Illustrated by Garth Williams. 1952. HarperCollins. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  9. Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison. Lois Lenski. 1941. HarperCollins. 298 pages. [Source: Bought]
  10. Henry and Beezus. Beverly Cleary. 1952. HarperCollins. 224 pages. [Source: Library] 
  11.  Beezus and Ramona. Beverly Cleary. 1955. HarperCollins. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
  12. Ramona the Pest. Beverly Cleary. 1968. HarperCollins. 208 pages. [Source: Library]  
  13. Ramona the Brave. Beverly Cleary. 1975. HarperCollins. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
  14. Ramona and Her Father. Beverly Cleary. 1977. HarperCollins. 208 pages. [Source: Library] 
  15. Ramona and Her Mother. Beverly Cleary. 1977. HarperCollins. 224 pages. [Source: Library]  
  16. Ramona Quimby, Age 8. Beverly Cleary. 1981. HarperCollins. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
  17. Ramona Forever. Beverly Cleary. 1984. HarperCollins. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
  18. Ramona's World. Beverly Cleary. 1999. HarperCollins. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
  19. Bo at Iditarod Creek. Kirkpatrick Hill. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 2014. Henry Holt. 288 pages. [Source: Library] 
  20. Red Berries, White Clouds, Blue Sky. Sandra Dallas. 2014. Sleeping Bear Press. 216 pages. [Source: Library]
  21. Twice Upon A Time: Rapunzel The One With All The Hair. Wendy Mass. 2006. Scholastic. 205 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  22. A Girl from Yamhill. Beverly Cleary. 1988/1996. HarperCollins. 352 pages. [Source: Library]

Young adult:
  1. Seraphina. Rachel Hartman. 2012. Random House. 499 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. Scarlet. A.C. Gaughen. 2012. Walker. 292 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Dragon Slippers. Jessica Day George. 2007. Bloomsbury USA. 324 pages. [Source: Library]  
  4. Dragon Flight. Jessica Day George. Bloomsbury USA. 272 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Dragon Spear. Jessica Day George. 2009. Bloomsbury USA. 248 pages. [Source: Library]

Adult fiction:
  1. Miss Marjoribanks. Margaret Oliphant. 1866. 512 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  2. Green for Danger. Christianna Brand. 1944. 256 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  3. Big Over Easy (Nursery Crime #1) Jasper Fforde. 2005. 383 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime #2) Jasper Fforde. 2006.  382 pages. [Source: Library]

Adult nonfiction:
  1. 17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis, and the Biggest Cover-Up in History. Andrew Morton. 2015. 384 pages. [Source: Library]

Christian fiction:

  1. Creole Princess (Gulf Coast Chronicles #2). Beth White. 2015. Revell. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Christian nonfiction:
  1. Kept for Jesus: What The New Testament Really Teaches About Assurance of Salvation and Eternal Security. Sam Storms. 2015. Crossway. 208 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C.S. Lewis. Devin Brown. 2013. 256 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. Gospel: Recovering the Power That Made Christianity Revolutionary. J.D. Greear. Foreword by Timothy Keller. 2011. B&H Books. 266 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  4. Isaiah: God Saves Sinners. Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr. R. (Preaching The Word Commentaries). Crossway. 2005. 496 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  5. Bringing Narnia Home: Lessons from the Other Side of the Wardrobe. Devin Brown. 2015. Abingdon Press. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. Cross: Unrivaled Christ, Unstoppable Gospel, Unreached Peoples, Unending Joy. General Editors: John Piper and David Mathis. 2015. B&H Publishing. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. It is Finished: 365 Days of Good News. Tullian Tchividjian. 2015. David C. Cook. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  8. Luther on the Christian Life. Carl R. Trueman. 2015. Crossway. 224 pages. [Source: Library] 
  9. God is the Gospel: Meditations on God's Love as the Gift of Himself. John Piper. 2005. Crossway. 192 pages. [Source: Bought]
  10. A Travelogue of the Interior: Finding Your Voice and God's Heart in the Psalms. Karen Dabaghian. 2015. David C. Cook. 274 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  11. Experiencing the New Birth: Studies in John 3. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. 2015. Crossway. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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20692. Friday Feature: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

“She’s not who I thought she was, but that doesn’t matter. Maddy is my sister, my twin sister, and I’ll do anything for her, including losing myself.”

Twin sisters. A fatal accident. A devastating lie. Which girl survived?

Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy's shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she's chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy's world.

When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves Maddy dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is   Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy's death and everyone's grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. And everyone believes her. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options--confess her deception and risk devastating those who loved Maddy, or give up her own dreams and live her sister's life.

*"Leaver's brilliant novel is the high school version of What Happened to Janie? The compelling premise will attract readers and the strong characterization will keep them enthralled." -VOYA, STARRED REVIEW

"Trisha Leaver crafts a powerful and haunting novel that will keep you up long after you read the last page. Full of twists and turns and FEELS, this book questions how far a person will go for her family . . . even if it means losing herself." - Lynne Matson, author of NIL

“THE SECRETS WE KEEP is a book who truly earns the title “gripping,” and refused to be put down until the very last page.” ~ Cuyler Creech, Teen Library Toolbox


About the Author:
TRISHA LEAVER lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent black lab. She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life.  
She writes Young Adult Contemporary fiction, Psychological Horror and Science Fiction and is published with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press. For more details, check out her website at: www.trishaleaver.com

Want your YA, NA, or MG book featured on my blog? Contact me here and we'll set it up.

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20693. New Release of Romance Novel On May 1st

I'm so excited about this new release!!!
Loves Conqueror out on May 1st, 2015. A pirate story. Please check it out at LOVES CONQUEROR on Amazon. Paperback and kindle available.


Miranda Mayne, the daughter of a notorious pirate, spent most of her life in the hustle and bustle of London society, though her true love was always the sea. Promising her father she will stay away from the life that killed her mother, Miranda accepts the marriage proposal of a man she thinks she can trust--only to discover that his true intentions are to secretly capture her father. Trapped between loyalty and deceit, Miranda's heart falls prey for her true match only to find that he is out of her reach. Will she lose everything she holds dear or can she save her father, find true love, and most of all...find herself before reality prevails? 

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20694. Sentimentality & Storytime

I’ve spent the week with a case of the sniffles. And not because of a cold, thank goodness! It’s our last week of our spring storytime session and it’s a mixture of emotions.

Storytime Evaluation Sheet [Photo courtesy of the author, originally posted on Instagram]

Storytime Evaluation Sheet [Photo courtesy of the author, originally posted on Instagram]

Thank Yous
This week has been full of thanks. From one of my toddlers who has finally mastered signing “thank you” in American Sign Language to the parent who thanked me for teaching her child how to say his name with our name fingerplay. And of course, there’s a lot of gratitude in our evalution sheets. The one pictures is actually from our winter session since I forgot to snap a picture earlier today.

With all of that thanks comes the goodbyes. The graduates — some of which I’ve had in my toddler storytime since I started at my library a year ago. A year ago we were strangers and now we’ve both got separation anxiety as they move up to our preschoool class. And the families that are moving away, both far and near, who made sure to snap pictures with me and give me hugs at the end of their last class.

Thank you" picture; I'm the one with hearts coming out of my chest. [Photo courtesy of the author, originally posted on Instagram]

“Thank you” picture; I’m the one with hearts coming out of my chest. [Photo courtesy of the author, originally posted on Instagram]

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The babies who have become so comfortable with me after seven weeks that they reach out to be picked up and cuddled. The toddlers who run into class full-strength at my chair to get the seat next to Miss Katie. Seeing an entire room of patrons enthusiastically participating in our goodbye rhyme because they know it by heart now.

Basically, I’m a wreck and though I know I need that break before summer reading starts, I’m already missing my weekly kiddos. I’ll just have to keep looking at pictures and counting the days until kick-off.

Do you get sentimental at the end of storytime? I can’t be the only one with watery eyes! Let all those feelings out in the comments!

– Katie Salo
Early Literacy Librarian
Indian Prairie Public Library

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20695. Footy Dreaming by Michael Hyde. Melbourne: Ford Street Publishing, 2015

In the small, footy-crazed Victorian town of Marshall, two boys play football and dream of one day playing professional football at the 'G(the MCG, Melbourne Cricket Ground for those of you outside Victoria). Noah is a Koori, Ben is white. They play for different teams, but become friends during their running sessions. And there's a scout coming to look for talent for the Bushrangers football club Development Squad. Will one of them - or both of them - make this first step towards their dream of playing at the 'G?  

This is a lovely, gentle story about following your dream, football, friendship, first crush(on Millie, one of Noah's classmates). There is a bit of racism in the town, though mostly the baddies on the Kookaburras team for which Ben plays. It never reaches the proportions of, say, the racism in Deadly, Unna? (Phillip Gwynne). But when Ben asks Noah why he became so angry at a racist taunt in the course of a game, because he sees taunts as just a regular part of the game, Noah is able to explain.

"Okay, then. It's like this. You aren't a green Martian. But I am black. When someone says what he said, he's insulting my people and...and our families..and our culture. Trouble is, guys like Elliot think that if you're black, you're a piece of crap." 

This is, in any case, a later era than Deadly, Unna? There are enough immigrant families in town that you can get Vietnamese food and Greek food and the Mayor stands up at a local event and acknowledges the traditional owners. Even Noah's father tells him racism isn't as great as when his mother, Noah's grandmother, was growing up. 

The single-parent family is Ben's. But his father, who smokes and drinks and is just a bit racist, loves his two children and makes a sacrifice for his son's happiness. Noah lives with two loving parents and a brother who is terribly proud of him. It would be interesting to see what relationship the nasty Mark Elliot has with his family, but you never learn that. Actually, all the adults in this book apart from Mark Elliot's Dad, coach of the Kookaburras, are so nice!  Everybody - Noah's Dad Paul, the teachers, Noah's coach, even Ben's Dad Joe. 

There are a number of things that make me feel this is a novel for middle-grade rather than YA. The characters are in their teens, but they feel younger to me. Their issues and concerns are younger. The closest there is to a romantic interest, Millie(who plays very good netball and joins the boys in their morning run)doesn't play much of a role in the story except to cheer on the two heroes when they play. Noah likes her but is too shy to say anything. While there are teenage boys like that it's really the sort of thing that belongs to a younger age group. I'd recommend this novel to children who enjoyed Specky Magee(Felice Arena, Garry Lyon) rather than Deadly, Unna? And the language makes it very suitable for reluctant readers. It's not a long read and there are few difficult words.

It is such a very Australian book- the landscape, the characters, the passion for Australian football -  but I don't think people outside Australia would have too much trouble with it. I don't even like football and I thoroughly enjoyed it! 

Highly recommended.  

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20696. English Trailer for ‘El Americano’ Released

Billed as the first Mexican/US co-production, "El Americano" is scheduled for release later this year.

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20697. Annecy Will Host Genndy Tartakovsky, Masaaki Yuasa, ‘Zootopia’ Directors, Richard Williams

Annecy is taking over San Diego Comic-Con as the place for Hollywood to preview its major projects.

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20698. Make It Pop

MAKE IT POPNickelodeon’s Make It Pop!

Three unique girls — an aspiring pop diva, a fashionista, and a bookworm — come together at school to form their own K-pop-inspired band in Make It Pop, airing on Nickelodeon weekdays at 7 p.m.


Photo Steve Wilke/ Nickelodeon.

Diva Sun Hi (played by Megan Lee), fashionista Jodi (played by Louriza Tronco) and bookworm Corki (played by Erika Tham) must learn to live together in perfect harmony after they are randomly selected to room together at boarding school. With the help of fellow classmate and aspiring DJ, Caleb (played by Dale Whibley), the girls grow from roommates to bandmates as their group, XO-IQ, becomes a school-wide sensation and they compete for a place in the upcoming school musical, all while balancing friendship, grades, and crushes.

What do you think? Are you a fan of Make It Pop? Would you want to start a band at school with your best friends? Tell us in the Comments.

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

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20699. Review: A God In Ruins by Kate Akinson

My first impulse after starting this book was that I had to go back and read Life After Life again. Kate Atkinson has written an extraordinary companion novel to her previous masterpiece returning us to the world of the Todd family and Fox Corner. This time to tell us Ursula’s brother Teddy’s story. Life After […]

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20700. Setting the trend

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I was wandering in the chaos,
Luring my subdued wits,
How can I get likes,
How can I get hits,

Stupendous words,
Or magical thoughts,
Demonic deeds,
Or empty slots,

I can't become a writer,
I am just a pawn,
I can't even stand,
How will I create a lawn,

No, I will rise,
I will shine at the bay,
I will write till eternity,
I will paint the day,

I will learn those intricacies,
Overpowering the bad luck,
My determination will help,
If I ever got stuck,

Yes, I will try my best,
I will write till the end,
I will capture the dream,
I will set the trend.

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