22: When You Reach Me

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In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead, winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal. As usual, we share our love for books and some book news. We also share some social media comments from our listeners! Grab some grapes and get cozy while you listen to our episode on this mystery, sci-fi middle-grade book!

For the Loves of Books (1:36)

Cilla-Lee Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan

Cilla-Lee Jenkins: This Book is a Classic by Susan Tan

Cilla-Lee Jenkins: The Epic Story by Susan Tan

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier

Dungeons and Dragons Core Rules Gift Set

Book News (11:11)

The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Family Keepsake Edition) by Dr. Seuss – Barnes & Noble Exclusive

November is National Novel Writing Month!

Happy 100th Birthday Madeleine L’Engle Sweepstakes by Macmillan

If you are going to be near Grand Rapids, MI on December 1st, check out this event happening at Schuler Books! Charlotte Jones Voiklis is one of  Madeleine L’Engle’s granddaughters. She co-wrote the book Becoming Madeleine: A Biography of the Author of A Wrinkle in Time. Sarah Arthur wrote A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle. –  100th Birthday Celebration for Madeleine LEngle, a conversation with Charlotte Jones Voiklis and Sarah Arthur

Social Media Questions (17:42)

For Book’s Sake Podcast – Check them out! They are so fun!

Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

The Disney Princess Cookbook

Barefoot Contessa Family Style

Eat Like a Gilmore: The Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls

Eat Like a Gilmore: The 2nd Unofficial Cookbook for Fans of Gilmore Girls

Book Discussion of When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (30:48)

Meet Author Rebecca Stead

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

The Science of Doctor Who

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Horse Sense by Bonnie Bryant (The Saddle Club book series)

Nancy Drew: The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene

The Giver by Lois Lowry

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Newbery Honor Books in 2010 (1:05:47)

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose

The Evolution of Calpernia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Next Month’s Book Is… (1:08:20)

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Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music

Ending Music: “Ukelele” by Royalty Free Music from Bensound

9: A Wrinkle in Time

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In this episode of Team Friendship Reads the Newberys, we discuss the 1963 Newbery medal winner A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Banning books – this book has been banned over the years in many libraries for (in our opinion) silly reasons.  Lauren has no idea why she has never read this book until now because it was right up her incredibly nerdy alley. What is the deal with Charles Wallace??? Meg irritated Leah. We get nerdy with our discussion of the tesseract. We compare the dystopian society on Camazotz in this book with that of other books such as The Hunger Games and The Giver, and we may or may not get a bit theological during this discussion. Is “conformity” the real enemy in this book? Aunt Beast – a female Chewbacca with four arms and no eyes. So many Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings references! What is the Dark Thing, and did Meg defeat IT or just rescue Charles Wallace from IT? We need answers!!!

We discuss the trailer for Disney’s film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time set to release in theaters in 2018.

Mandy announces our book for next month! Listen to find out what it is! (Or wait a few days and we will post it on social media.)

Links related to this episode:

Levar Burton podcast – http://www.levarburtonpodcast.com/

Amazon link to pre-order/purchase Kwame Alexander’s next book Solo – http://amzn.to/2eRHlYw

Fantastic Beasts Movie News – https://www.pottermore.com/fantastic-beasts

Amazon link to pre-order/purchase Matt de la Pena’s book Love – http://amzn.to/2v2IZN6

Helpful video that explains the tesseract – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxl6TOLxvuI

The tesseract and the Marvel Universe – http://marvel-movies.wikia.com/wiki/Tesseract

Virginia History Podcast – https://vahistorypodcast.com/

Links relating to Madeleine L’Engle:


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Leah – https://www.instagram.com/leahranjel/

Mandalay – https://www.instagram.com/mandymalay/

Lauren – https://twitter.com/Graciefirstborn

Intro Music: “Feeling Good” by Royalty Free Copyright Music
Ending Music: “Ukelele” by Royalty Free Music from Bensound

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