Recommended

ESSAYS, BLOGS, ARTICLES, and NON FICTION EXCERPTS, many of which are likely to be read, discussed, and debated during the term (links will be posted on home page):

The Magician’s Book, Laura Miller (excerpt) Into the Looking Glass Wood, Alberto Manguel (excerpt) “What the @#$%&*! Is a Children's Book, Anyway?” Neil Gaiman “The Power of Young Adult Fiction” (“Room for Debate,” The New York Times Opinion Pages) includes: “Adults Should Read Adult Books” Joel Stein and “Nothing’s Wrong with Strong Plot & Characters” Lev Grossman "Too Smart for Kids," Catherynne Valente An Interview with Daniel Handler, Tasha Robinson, Onion AV Club “The All Ages Show,” Alex Dawson “The Wind in the Willows at 100,” Gary Kamiya, Salon “The Lost Childhood” Graham Greene, The Lost Childhood and Other Essays “Cozy Peril,” Christopher Morley, Introduction to The Annotated Sherlock Holmes “Conjuring the Next Harry Potter,” Alexander Alter, The Wall Street Journal “How do you make children’s films appeal to adults?” Finlo Rohrer, BBC News Magazine “Directors of the Decade: Miyazaki & Pixar,” Matt Zoller, Salon “The Lion and The Mouse: The Battle that reshaped Children’s Literature,” Jill Lepore, The New Yorker “I’m YA and I’m Okay,” Margo Rabb, The New York Times “Can 35 million Book Buyers be wrong? Yes” Harold Bloom, The Wall Street Journal “The Stunted Adulthood of Wes Anderson,” David Thomson, The New Republic “Wes Anderson: Whimsical Like a Fox,” Austin Allen, Big Think “Boys’ Weeklies,” George Orwell

SHORT EXERPTS & STORIES, many of which are likely to be read, discussed, and annotated during the term (excerpts are less than ten pages and will either be linked or scanned/posted on home page):

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes; The House with the Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs; The Once and Future King by T.H. White; The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman; I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith; A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket; The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn & Hal Iggulden; The Collected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen; The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti; The Specialist’s Hat by Kelly Link; The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne Valente; Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll; Wildwood by Colin Meloy; The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; The Magicians by Lev Grossman; Where the Wild Things Are by Dave Eggers; The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman; Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death by Daniel Pinkwater; The Adventure of the Speckled Band by Arthur Conan Doyle; Peter and Wendy (Peter Pan) by J. M. Barrie; The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien; The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg, multiple authors; Summerland by Michael Chabon; The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper; Professor Challenger & The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle; Liesl & Po by Lauren Olivier; King Solomon’s Mines by Sir H. Rider Haggard; Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs; The Call of the Wild by Jack London; Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome; The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster; Moonfleet by J. Meade Faulkner; The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum; The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Tom Sawyer, Detective, and Tom Sawyer Abroad by Mark Twain.

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