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"Perception vs. reality. In high school, they are pretty much the same thing." So writes Tonya Hurley, author of ghostgirl and ghostgirl: Homecoming (Little Brown), two books ostensibly written for young adults but with elements that are just as appeali
Tonya Hurley's high-school afterlife
| August 07, 2009
Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
For teenagers, everything seems like the end of the world: popularity, school, love, family, treacherous conspiracies, the war between good and evil wizards.
Half-Blood isn't half bad
| July 17, 2009
Can't escape Snape at LeakyCon
Sure, Figawi Race Weekend is a blast, but how many times in my life would I have the opportunity to mingle with more than 750 J.K. Rowling devotees? So, this past Memorial Day weekend, I decided to skip Nantucket and join the all-ages, international as
| May 29, 2009
Censorship for Me, Penelope
Lisa Jahn-Clough's young-adult novel Me, Penelope is the subject of a recent dispute at Tavares Middle School in Orlando, Florida.
| March 04, 2009
Dance, Monkey: Billy Bob Neck
I was pretty sure a paper like this would ask some kinda homosexual question, being in Massachusetts and named after a Henry Potter book.
We put a comic on the hot seat. This week's victim . . .
SARA FAITH ALTERMAN
| November 25, 2008
This fall’s regional literary scene will see abstinence and desire, ghosts and dykes, convicts and Christians, toxic water bottles and yummy food.
Autumn’s authors about town
| September 10, 2008
What's Potter up to now?
We chatted with Paul from Harry and the Potters about the seventh book, the election, and what to expect when Harry and the Potters hit SPACE Gallery on June 26.
| June 25, 2008
Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry the Phoenix wrote about in 2007.
Books: 2007 in review
| December 17, 2007
Reading is fundamental
Some of the books I enjoyed most this year were written for an audience more than 10 years my junior.
Last-minute items to toss under the tree and more
PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF
| December 12, 2007
Mutiny in Heaven
It is a truth now well established that the idea for a series of books about a schoolboy wizard did not , in fact, originate with its author, J.K. Rowling (as she has naively claimed), but was piped up red-hot and stinking from Below.
Philip Pullman ’ s fantasy novels are condemned as a crash course in militant atheism. But one BU professor thinks otherwise.
| December 06, 2007
Nick Hornby’s new novel is about a boy. Not About a Boy . Irvine Welsh’s new short story collection is filthy. Not Filth .
As Nick Hornby and Irvine Welsh face 50, two of Brit Lit’s standard-bearers stare down middle age in very different ways
| October 11, 2007
In fact, it was really the generous bulge in his trousers. Should I be honest and tell him this?
| September 12, 2007
Heroes of our time
In interviews promoting The Bourne Ultimatum , Matt Damon has argued that his Jason Bourne has supplanted James Bond as the hero of our time.
From Bond to Bourne, the good guys (and girls) buck the system
| July 31, 2007
The last Potter
The end is never easy, is it?
What does the end mean for Harry’s strange Boston disciples?
| July 24, 2007
Breaking the spell
How did a “children’s story” become the literary epic of our time?
Harry Potter’s story comes to an end — but will readers, or reading, ever be the same?
| July 24, 2007
Odds and ends on the occasion of the final book's release
| July 18, 2007
Whatever else it may be, the Harry Potter Edda is surely the most popular narrative about the dawning of pubertal awareness ever created.
Hormones submit to dreary Order
| July 10, 2007
How big is Harry Potter
Considering all the hype surrounding the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series, you would think that the July 21 release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is one of the most anticipated events in human history.
JOEL C. THERIAULT
| July 02, 2007
Lines in Anticipation of the Final Installment of the Harry Potter Series, After Reading About the “Fringe Research” Being Conducted by the Pentagon.
Could be verse: poetry ripped straight from the headlines
| June 27, 2007
The girls of summer
It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
| May 18, 2007
Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker
Based on the first in a series of popular young-adult novels by Anthony Horowitz, Stormbreaker is James Bond with acne. Watch the trailer for Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker
James Bond with acne
| October 11, 2006
The odd couple
Four days after being released from prison, the Whitey Bulger’s protégé was singing like a canary to a grandmother from Newton.
The unlikely story of how a BU professor and a Southie hit man stormed the bestseller charts
| April 20, 2006
Madonna, Lynne Cheney, and Ray Romano have all written children’s books, why not rising British literary star David Mitchell?
David Mitchell’s belated bildungsroman
| April 13, 2006
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