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Sunday · July 20 2003

Valerie MacEwan recently posted an article at PopMatters with some book ideas for the younger set once the latest Harry Potter is finished. Valerie's list is ostensibly for kids aged anywhere from 8 to 15, but if it's good for that age, it's good enough for me.

I like stretching myself with a meaty adult book, but I also like to wind down and read without having my whole brain working top speed. One way to do that is to get the latest Grisham, Patterson, Cussler pulp and turn some pages. Another way is to grab a book with a style written for a younger audience but with no shortage of challenging ideas or imagination. Finding this sort of book is more difficult than grabbing a paperback from the Walgreen's magazine aisle.

The list Ms. MacEwan presents in the article looks really good. The House of the Scorpion and The Angel Factory are two that I think I'm going to check out.

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October 12 2003

Well, I've been just frustrated as hell, trying to dig through Popmatters website and the archives because I'd lost the link to my juvie fiction article and Sarah Szupko didn't archive it -- and then I remembered!! It was on your blog...

And I'm gearing up for another article on same, you might want to check out Eragon and Tamora Pierce's Trickster's Choice, Also, in April 2004, a cutting-edge literary journal for high school age readers Rush Hour comes out from Delacorte, it's unbelievably good.

Valerie M.

October 12 2003

Thanks very much for the update. I enjoyed House of the Scorpion. My book stack is growing since everything is on hold while the Cubs try to make the World Series, but I'll definitely take note of your recommendations.

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