Quote of the Day – Serafina and the Black Cloak

Quote of the Day
“The God’s-honest truth was that she didn’t even know what a friend was, other than what she’d read in books. If you meet someone face-to-face and they don’t hiss at you and bite you, does that mean you’re friends?” –SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

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Quote of the Day – Keeper

Quote of the Day
“Wishes. Before today, Keeper had made plenty of wishes, like wishes on falling stars and wishes on rainbows and wishes on wishbones, all kinds of small wishes, like for Hershey’s Kisses with almonds and tie-dyed shoelaces. But now she needed a big wish, a giant wish.” –KEEPER by Kathi Appelt

Keeper by Kathi Appelt

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Quote of the Day – The Great Cake Mystery

Quote of the Day
“All of us worry about what other people think, even if we do not have to. It was easy to tell somebody to ignore that sort of thing; it was much harder to put such advice into practice.” –THE GREAT CAKE MYSTERY by Alexander McCall Smith

The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith

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Quote of the Day – Serafina and the Black Cloak

Quote of the Day

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

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Quote of the Day – Finding Serendipity

Quote of the Day
“Rummaging in the compartments of her school bag, she found two coins, one gold and one silver. Although the gold one was bigger, and worth more, Tuesday felt certain that it was the silver one she should use. Wishes were silvery things. Maybe because wishes rhymed with fishes.” –FINDING SERENDIPITY by Angelica Banks

Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks

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The Beginner’s Guide to Ghibli Films

The Beginner's Guide to Ghibli Films: finding the right Japanese animated films to enjoy as an American viewer

Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio. Their work is expressive, evocative, and immersive. The influence of Ghibli storytelling and animation style has spread globally, raising the bar and making us rethink the limitations of the 2D medium.

I can’t recommend Ghibli movies strongly enough if you’re wanting deep storytelling and beautiful—often hand-drawn—cinematography. But I’m also quick to warn: they’re not for everyone.

We’re used to animated films being specifically targeted to younger audiences, but this isn’t true of all Ghibli movies. Several of them are, indeed, quite violent. Others, too quiet and contemplative for viewers expecting that over-the-top energy that we so often see in American animated films.

The Beginner's Guide to Ghibli Films: finding the right Japanese animated films to enjoy as an American viewer

If you’re excited to dip a toe into a different style of animated film, here are a few films I’d recommend for the new and uninitiated viewer.

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Quote of the Day – Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

Quote of the Day
“That Granny Torrelli. Me, I always want to do things for Bailey because he can’t see, things I think are too hard for him, like cracking the eggs. But Granny Torrelli is showing me that Bailey doesn’t need so much help, that I should quit being such a take-charge Rosie.” –GRANNY TORRELLI MAKES SOUP by Sharon Creech

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech

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Quote of the Day – Airball: My Life in Briefs

Quote of the Day
“For somebody like me, growing up in a basketball-loving family in a basketball-crazed town, you’d think I’d be screeching around the gym, too. You’d think I’d be rebounding every shot and sinking three-pointers from the lobby. You’d think.” –AIRBALL: MY LIFE IN BRIEFS by L.D. Harkrader

Airball: My Life in Briefs by L.D. Harkrader

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Quote of the Day – Beyond the Laughing Sky

Quote of the Day
"Something was still missing. Controlling the plane, Nashville couldn't help but feel what a conductor must feel using a baton to direct a symphony. But Nashville didn't want to conduct the music. Nashville wanted to be the music. He wanted to tap-dance across the notes of the page, to visit each black circle on the sheet music like a hummingbird visits each flower. He wanted to fly."

Beyond the Laughing Sky by Michelle Cuevas

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