Episode 11: Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn

Episode 11 Website CoverIt’s the eleventh episode of Required Reading With Tom and Stella! This podcast, which is hosted by Tom Panarese (Pop Culture Affidavit, In Country) and Stella (Batgirl to Oracle: A Barbara Gordon Podcast, The Batman Universe) is two teachers talking about literature. Each episode, we will be taking a look at a single work, analyzing it, criticizing it and deciding if it’s worth its place in the canon.

This time around, we’re taking a look at Ella Minnow Pea, a novel of letters by Mark Dunn.

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The Serafina Series by Robert Beatty

S61uD+4Tts4L._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_tella here! I wanted to do a short post — probably all of my posts are going to be short, because, let’s be honest, we all have attention disorders and don’t want to read much, amIright???– yes, a short post about a series I have been reading called The Serafina Series written by Robert Beatty. I came upon this series while I was in a Barnes and Nobel in NYC and was intrigued by the cover and blurb about the book.

While I do recommend all three books that are published, I most recently finished Serafina and the Splintered Heart. The series takes place at and around the Biltmore Estate during the height of the Gilded Age. Among the majority of author-original characters, you will find yourself familiar with the Vanderbilts and others that were present during that time.

The series continues to be a fun read with dark turns and suspense. The genre is fantasy with historical aspects sprinkled in. The heroes – Serafina and Braeden – are twelve years old, but don’t let that fool you! The vocabulary throughout the novel and the decisions and actions of the characters speak to their wisdom. They also encounter fierce and unforgiving villains which darkens the tone of the novels.

You should read this book if you:

  1. Enjoy fantasy with some historical aspects
  2. Enjoy characters with a strong sense of right and wrong
  3. Enjoy characters that are devoted to family, friendship and loyalty
  4. Enjoy animals

ex animo,
Stella

Episode 10: Tangent Special 1. Biography, Autobiography, and Memoir

Episode10_Cover for WebsiteIt’s the tenth episode of Required Reading With Tom and Stella! This podcast, which is hosted by Tom Panarese (Pop Culture Affidavit, In Country) and Stella (Batgirl to Oracle: A Barbara Gordon Podcast, The Batman Universe) is two teachers talking about literature. Each episode, we will be taking a look at a single work, analyzing it, criticizing it and deciding if it’s worth its place in the canon.

This time around, we are taking a break from our usual look at literature for our first “Tangent Special,” which covers the genres of biography, autobiography, and memoir. We discuss what defines each genre and make recommendations.

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Episode 9: Eleanor & Park

Episode09_Cover for WebsiteIt’s the ninth episode of Required Reading With Tom and Stella! This podcast, which is hosted by Tom Panarese (Pop Culture Affidavit, In Country) and Stella (Batgirl to Oracle: A Barbara Gordon Podcast, The Batman Universe) is two teachers talking about literature. Each episode, we will be taking a look at a single work, analyzing it, criticizing it and deciding if it’s worth its place in the canon.

This time around, we look at Rainbow Rowell’s award-winning YA novel Eleanor & Park.

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If you’d like to learn more about Rainbow Rowell or Eleanor & Park, you can check out her website:  rainbowrowell.com

And here’s the intro song for the episode:  “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division

 

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Episode 8: Persepolis, Book 1

Episode08_Cover for WebsiteIt’s the eighth episode of Required Reading With Tom and Stella! This podcast, which is hosted by Tom Panarese (Pop Culture Affidavit, In Country, Taking Flight) and Stella (Batgirl to Oracle: A Barbara Gordon Podcast, The Batman Universe) is two teachers talking about literature. Each episode, we will be taking a look at a single work, analyzing it, criticizing it and deciding if it’s worth its place in the canon.

In this episode, we look at Persepolis, Book One, Marajane Satrapi’s graphic novel depicting her coming of age during the Iranian Revolution of the 1970s and 1980s

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Episode 7: The War of the Worlds

Episode07_Cover for WebsiteIt’s the seventh episode of Required Reading With Tom and Stella! This podcast, which is hosted by Tom Panarese (Pop Culture Affidavit, In Country, Taking Flight) and Stella (Batgirl to Oracle: A Barbara Gordon Podcast, The Batman Universe) is two teachers talking about literature. Each episode, we will be taking a look at a single work, analyzing it, criticizing it and deciding if it’s worth its place in the canon.

This time out, we take a look at H.G. Wells’ seminal science fiction novel, The War of the Worlds, which is about an martian invasion of England in the late 19th Century.

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Episode 6: Rebecca

Episode06_Cover for WebsiteIt’s the sixth episode of Required Reading With Tom and Stella! This podcast, which is hosted by Tom Panarese (Pop Culture Affidavit, In Country, Taking Flight) and Stella (Batgirl to Oracle: A Barbara Gordon Podcast, The Batman Universe) is two teachers talking about literature. Each episode, we will be taking a look at a single work, analyzing it, criticizing it and deciding if it’s worth its place in the canon.

This time out, we take a look at Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca, a haunting tale of gothic romance set in early 20th Century England.

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