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Friends, Daniel Handler (the true author of the book we're reading this week - Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book One: A Bad Beginning [1999]) tells a GRIM story. However, the way he tells it is so amusing and comforting that we can't help but love it. We hope you will, too. Other conversation topics: pasta puttanesca (simply del…
 
Happy Halloween, dear listeners! We're so thrilled to present our recap of one of the best spooky kids books of all time, Bunnicula (1979), by James and Deborah Howe. You've gotta love a story introduced by "the editor," a la Jane Eyre. Join us and our Special Guest Star Joselle Shea as we reminisce about Halloweens past and question the sanity of …
 
Y'all, episode 17 is SO GOOD. We have a third person joining us for the first time on the pod, and we're doing Bunnicula, so it's going to be on for the ages. Unfortunately, it's taking us a little bit more time than usual to polish, so can we suggest? Our Episode 5, on Christopher Pike? It's called Remember Me? Spooky in only the way that a 1980s …
 
It's Spooky Season, everyone! Celebrate in style with our latest episode, where we recap Erin's all-time favorite book, Wait Till Helen Comes (1986). It's written by Mary Downing Hahn, our future spooky grandma. Are you aware of any spooky abandoned churches coming on the real estate market shortly? Erin is looking, you know. Bonus points for old g…
 
Whelp, we've found it. The book that encapsulates just about everything that was really rough about the 1980s, from fat-shaming, to absentee (yet still living in the house) fathers, to hitchhikings gone horribly wrong. It's Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade (1981), and let's face it - in the world we enter in this book, the unfairness clearly extends b…
 
Welcome to episode 14, where we tell yet another shameful round of secrets in the service of this week's book, Sixth Grade Secrets (1987), by Louis Sachar. When your elementary school teacher writes a whole musical about how you need to relax a little bit, perhaps something is wrong...? We're just guessing here. Here is what the original book cover…
 
Welcome to Episode 13, where we track down an out-of-print book from Moira's childhood... and then figure out WHY it's gone out-of-print. With Fifth Grade Secrets (1985), by Janet Adele Bloss, we introduce the implausibility scale (this one's a factor 10) and then discuss how easy it is for our protagonist to basically start a cult through..... hea…
 
Welcome to Episode 12, where our obsession with pre-"Pretty Woman" Richard Gere sets off a series of crazy culture breaks. It's all in the name of discussing Judy Blume's epic tale of middle school friendship, Just As Long As We're Together (1987). I mean, which poster of a middle-aged man would YOU tack on YOUR ceiling? Like what you hear? Please …
 
If you were going through a zombie apocalypse, which fictional character would you want by your side? That's the question we attack before turning to this week's inordinately freaky book, Freaky Friday (1972), by Mary Rodgers. If there's one thing this book makes ABSOLUTELY clear, it's that there is a time and a place for wearing a full face of eve…
 
Dear Miss Manners: I have fallen in love with a girl who is not my girlfriend. I was very conflicted about this, but once I held her in my arms, I knew that she was the one for me. However, the power of my feelings may or may not have caused me to go and crash my airplane with my girlfriend in it. My arms ache for my true love, but my girlfriend is…
 
Guys, Beezus & Ramona (1955), by Beverly Cleary, is a NATIONAL TREASURE. However, if you're feeling a little cynical, reading this book might raise some questions you had never considered before. Questions like... What would you do if 15 preschoolers (and one baby) just showed up, unannounced, at your door? Why is baking a cake so hard for Mrs. Qui…
 
Did you guys know that Gertrude Chandler Warner wrote The Boxcar Children in 1925.... and then wrote it all over again in 1942? We didn't, either. At least, not until we got together to record this podcast. Hilarious hijinks ensue between your two awesome lady podcasters! By golly, they do! If you're enjoying the pod, please like and subscribe! Tel…
 
Here it is: the first book in this podcast where the main character is NOT in danger of suffering significant physical or mental anguish! It's Anastasia Krupnik (1979), by Lois Lowry. It's a delightful book, but don't worry - we still find plenty of things to joke about. Namely: baby names, bullet journals, and the fascinating story of one VERY min…
 
In which we mourn the passing of Beverly Cleary, and suggest something alcoholic one might drink in her honor. We also discuss the (multiple failed) efforts of our husbands to get us to watch "Breaking Bad." Long story short: we're sure it's a great show, but we are NOT. DOING. IT.' The focus of this episode is Roald Dahl's George's Marvelous Medic…
 
Boy, Remember Me (1989) is a young adult DOOZY. So much of a doozy, in fact, that we have a cast of characters. In our dream cast: Shari (the protagonist) is played by Jennifer Lawrence. Jimmy (her brother) is played by "Say Anything"-era John Cusack. Amanda (her brother's girlfriend) is played by "Poison Ivy"-era Drew Barrymore. Jo (her best frien…
 
Welcome to Episode 4, in which we learn all about Moira's general fear and paranoia about being caught while eavesdropping thanks to Harriet the Spy (1964). Will you hold it against us when we confess that both of us actually thought we were reading a different book than this one? Oh, well. If you haven't read the book, we strongly suggest that you…
 
We are discussing The Great Brain (1967), written by John D. Fitzgerald. TW (and, I guess, spoiler alert?): this book contains religious bigotry and incredibly disrespectful behavior toward Native Americans. Furthermore, a child attempts to commit suicide in the final chapter. We're gonna be frank with you, listeners: if you haven't read this book …
 
We are discussing Ramona the Brave (1975), written by the late, great Beverly Cleary. Buy the book on Amazon, borrow it from your local library on Overdrive, or read the book summary on Wikipedia. For further discussion: Care to read the novelization of "License to Drive?" What about "E.T.?" Did you know that teachers are heroes? Sam Seaborn does. …
 
Welcome, listeners, to our very first episode! We are discussing Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing (1972), written by the incomparable Judy Blume. Buy the book on Amazon, borrow it from your local library on Overdrive, or read the book summary on Wikipedia. Background information - read all about that fascinating, family-friendly TV show, Mad Men, or…
 
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