Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fare-thee-well, Diana Wynne Jones

This Saturday we had to say goodbye to a wonderful author, Diana Wynne Jones, who died on March 26 at age 76, leaving behind many, many wonderful books. Jones began writing fantasy books for children and teens in the 70s, and is known for her rich imagination, sense of humor and ability to write complex, engaging characters. Some of the most well known of her 40 or so books include Howl's Moving Castle and The Chrestomanci series.

Lots of people on the Internets are writing their remembrances. I particularly enjoyed this comment from Emma Bull, author and blogger at Tor.com:

"[Diana] was passionate about what children want and deserve from their literature. Adults would approach her at signings, wanting to know why she wrote such difficult books. In one case, when a woman protested, the woman’s young son spoke up and assured Diana, “Don’t worry. I understood it.” She believed in the flexiblility of her readers’ minds, their willingness to puzzle things out, and to wait for clues to anything they couldn’t yet puzzle."

I didn't discover her work until I was an adult, but I have loved what I have read, and I look forward to the pleasure of reading more. Thank you, Diana, for your beautiful legacy!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Please Ignore Vera Dietz

Vera Dietz was best friends with her neighbor Charlie most of her life. She kept all his secrets, and he had some really big secrets. Then suddenly, during their Junior year, Charlie started to change. His hair, the way he dressed and the people he hung out with were different, as well as the way he treated Vera. He ignored her, when he wasn't being downright mean to her, and he started doing what she never imagined he would do: telling her secrets, and to all the worse people. After tearing their friendship down completely, destroying Vera's trust in him, Charlie did the worse thing yet: he died. He died in a cloud of controversy that made the whole town hate him. But Vera knows the truth. The question is, can she get over her grief and resentment enough to redeem him? Charlie hurt her more deeply than she knew was possible. Does he even deserve redemption?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Put a Bird On It

Want to make something into art? Then, put a bird on it! Follow this link to watch Portlandia's hilarious sketch and put a bird on your favorite website.

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