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Young Adult

Alice in Wonderland High by Rachel Shane

If you’ve been here longer than a minute, you know that I love the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.  Alice in Wonderland is smart, silly, and never ceases to amuse me.  There are so many layers to the story that if I had all the time in the world I would study the series for my PhD. I toss quotes around this blog from Alice all over the place.

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I’m not the only one, apparently, who loves Alice and her adventures. There have been countless movies and book inspirations since, like forever.  We’ve even hosted a Mad Hatter tea party at the bookstore:

Mad Hatter

So it would be only natural that I would want to read a YA book about Alice in Wonderland (High)!

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It’s high literature meets save the planet!

Sixteen-year-old Alice just can’t find a way to be free. Her parents are environmental activists whose cringeworthy public protests might involve chaining themselves to a fence and pleading with passersby to “Save the World. Save Alice!” It’s not that Alice doesn’t believe there’s work to be done. But after a petition to start a farmers’ market meets with more snickers than signatures, she figures she should shut up instead of speak out. At least, that is, until she can find something that feels real. Then along comes Whitney Lapin, a girl who speaks in cryptic riddles and spends her free time turning abandoned warehouses into beautiful gardens. Charismatic Whitney leads Alice on a rabbit trail into the underground—a.k.a. secret society—of Wonderland High.

Curiouser and curiouser. Alice is in wonderland! Even though Whitney’s group of teenage environmental vigilantes operates on the wrong side of the law, with them, Alice is finally free to be herself. She stomps on her good-girl image by completing a series of environmental pranks to impress the new group: flooding the school and disguising a pig as a baby in order to smuggle it out of a testing facility. She wants to trust them, and she especially wants to trust (or maybe kiss) Chester Katz—a boy with a killer smile, a penchant for disappearing, and a secret that will really turn Alice’s world backwards. But then one of the young vigilantes tries to frame Alice for all the pranks, and she must figure out their secret before she ends up in front of a jury that’s screaming, “Off with her head!”

So much fun!

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Books Tea Parties

Bookish Tea Party Fun: Orange Tabby

Dewey

 

It’s a Dewey Party!  Not really but the colors of the party go well with the book and the young miss liked cats so we incorporated that into the theme as well. Our birthday girl was turning 12 and she and her friends were good readers.  It was easy to develop a party that these little ladies could enjoy.

Pictionary

 

We played pictionary using book titles.  The player chose a book title from a basket and then had to draw the title without using words.  Can you guess what this book title is?

Tea Party Games

 

 

And of course, you can guess what book title this is, right? What other bookish games can you think of?

 

 

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Books Tea Parties

Bookish Tea Party Fun: Alice in Wonderland Garden Party

Here’s another look at the Alice in Wonderland/Mad Hatter Tea party.

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and this

Mad Hatter

 

Outdoor parties are so much fun but don’t forget the sunscreen!

 

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Books Tea Parties

Bookish Tea Party Fun: Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

 

One bright sunny August day we had the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party/Alice in Wonderland outside in the “garden.” We put down blankets and had tea and treats  picnic style.

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Books Giveaways

Bookie Brunch Trick or Treat Blog Hop

Welcome to Unconventional Librarian Day.  I think I like the sound of that! If you’re stopping by from Book Brunch, THANK YOU! If you’re not, WELCOME! Today on my stop on the tour I’m sharing some fun and ridiculously cute stuff.

Not sure what Bookie Brunch is? Check it out here.  See anything familiar? YES, it’s Random Magic!

Remember all the fun we had on the Pinterest Tour? Catch what we did here.

If you’re like me, you don’t like to be scared but you like having fun and eating candy.  So, because I’m a scaredy cat, I like to celebrate Halloween in an unconventional way.  I read  only CUTE kids books!

So…my treat today is a collection of CUTE Halloweenie type treats!

Inside this treat is a cute Halloween book about a square pumpkin, tattoos, greeting cards and cute lil erasers. All kinds of fun things to put in someone’s Halloween treat bag. Or to keep!

Here’s how to enter:  leave a comment below telling me about your favorite Halloween candy.  You can enter as many times as you’d like; the more you comment, the better your chances to win!  Contest runs October 25 at midnight until October 28th midnight. I’ll contact the winner via Random (Magic) on Monday October 29th so that I can send your prize in time for Halloween!

Remember, leave your comment below and Happy Halloween!

 

 


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Magic Aléatoire (Random Magic, in French)

And so…we’ve reached le fin, the end.

We’ve had some aventures (adventures); fought  pirate (pirates); and found Queen Alice. We speak a lot of French.

Alice and Henry return to the present.

Strange and confusing things happen but most importantly…

a happy ending.

Wanna see what REALLY happened?

Follw here:  Random Magic Tour Board!

Or you can click here

But  jamais ( NEVER) Click here .

To follow along pictorially steer the ship over to Pinterest to see the goings on with Henry and Winnie.

Reminder: To follow along with this week’s Magic Pinning, look for the footer:

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|| Chapters 36-40 || Part of Pins and Magic party – Live-pinning ‘Random Magic’ || Schedule/Join us (Jul. 15 through Sept. 15, 2012):
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|| Chapters 27-35 || Part of Pins and Magic party – Live-pinning ‘Random Magic’ || Schedule/Join us (Jul. 15 through Sept. 15, 2012):
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|| Chapters 1-5 || Part of Pins and Magic party – Live-pinning ‘Random Magic’ || Schedule/Join us (Jul. 15 through Sept. 15, 2012):
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|| Chapters 6-10 || Part of Pins and Magic party – Live-pinning ‘Random Magic’ || Schedule/Join us (Jul. 15 through Sept. 15, 2012):
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Want more RANDOM MAGIC  in your life? Tweet me (@Pamlovesbooks)  and YOU can join the pinning party too!

And Tea, of course!

 

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Blogging

We’re All Mad Here: Finding the right tea party

For me, blogging is like being in Wonderland.  As in Alice in Wonderland.  There are many strange paths to take, interesting people to meet, and odd experiences to try in Blogland. When looking for answers to crucial blogging questions, I suggest one always refer to Alice in Wonderland; there’s an answer for every question.

For example, you’re a new blogger and don’t know where to start.  You ask the question: Where do I  begin?

Answer: Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.

Right.  That’s good advice.  Just start blogging.  Begin at the beginning.  When you’re done telling your story, stop.

Next question: What do I write about?

Answer: If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.

Right.  If you don’t know what you want to write about, why did you start blogging?  You need to have some idea of what you want to get out of blogging.  Start there.

Question: Does my writing (art, photography, etc) make sense to anyone other than me?

Answer: “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?

So…It’s your world; you decide what makes sense to you.

Question: Ok, so I’ve started my blog and I have some content. How do I get people to read it?

Answer: How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly he spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in,
With gently smiling jaws!”

So…find some little fishes to be your friends.  Read their blogs. Make friends. Attend tea parties hosted by mad (crazy) people.

Question: Why do I have to be around crazy people in order to blog?

Answer: Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

Right. Secret: Everyone who blogs? Mad about it.  Otherwise they wouldn’t do it.  It’s their madness that makes them special and unique and FUN! You just have to find the right tea party.

Question: How DO I find the right tea party?

Answer: “Take some more tea,” the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
“I’ve had nothing yet,” Alice replied in an offended tone, “so I can’t take more.”
“You mean you can’t take less,” said the Hatter: “it’s very easy to take more than nothing.”
“Nobody asked your opinion,” said Alice.”

So.  Attend lots and lots of tea parties.  Try the tea. Then try some more.  Or taste a different tea.  Don’t sit alone with your blog waiting for The Queen of Hearts to find your blog; cuz she won’t.  She’s very busy chopping off people’s heads.  Plus, as a friend, The QOH won’t have much time for you.  Try visiting blogs that are like how you’d like to be or look like someone you could be friends with. You can always have more friends but you can’t make less friends.

Get out there and have fun; it’s always tea time, you just have to find the right tea party!

“Yes, that’s it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it’s always tea time.”

So.  Go out into Blogland.  Try new things, meet new people.

“Come back!” the Caterpillar called after her. “I’ve something important to say.”
This sounded promising, certainly. Alice turned and came back again.
“Keep your temper,” said the Caterpillar.

Ah yes.  Keep your temper.  Good advice, Caterpillar.

What advice do you have to add?

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Books Reviews

Random Magic Tour, week deux (2)

Hiyo friends, PammyPam here again!

Brief reminder that we’re onto week deux (TWO for you uninspired types) of the Pamdom Magic Tour.

Oh wait, I mean Random Magic Tour.

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Either way, no matter, RUN over to Pinterest and follow along with us as we PIN things to the Pamdom Random Magic Tour Board!

Or you can click here

But NEVER EVER Click here unless you want a tasty tidbit to eat.

What’s different this week?

Well, we’re pinning from Chapters 6 -10, that’s what. You might see puppies; and who doesn’t want to see puppies?

To follow along with this week’s Magic Pinning, look for the footer:

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To catch up on what you missed, look for last week’s footer:

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Cheers!  pip pip and toodle and all that kind of Britishy stuff that they might say!

 

 

 

 

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Books

Literature for Babies: Baby Lit

I recently received two adorable books in the mail. They are part of the BabyLit series:  “BabyLit is a fashionable way to introduce your child to the world of classic literature.  Visit BabyLit.com for more information.”  I strongly believe that even the littlest of babies can enjoy books so these BabyLit books were a perfect choice.

I thought it would be fun to show whether the littles enjoyed these books or not.  The following are photos of me reading to babies 12 -18 months old.

Here I am presenting the title.  I’ve caught the attention of two little ones.

Unconventional Librarian reads Jane Eyre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then as you can see little Miss Sophia is trying to upstage me!  Never work with kids and dogs, right?

Unconventional Librarian reading Jane Eyre

But I can’t help myself. Finally, she gets a copy of the book for herself.

Unconventional Librarian showing a baby Jane Eyre

She’s opening it upside down, but that’s ok! She’s getting a feel for how books look and feel. She’s finished with Jane Eyre.  What will she choose next?

Unconventional Librarian and baby reading Jane Eyre

Let’s see…

Unconventional Librarian reads Alice in Wonderland

I think it’s Alice in Wonderland by Little Master Carroll!

As you can see, the BabyLit books were a hit with my little ones! I highly recommend these books as the illustrations are beautiful and contagious enough for little ones to enjoy yet older children can follow along a little more closely for a more in-depth reading.

I give these books four paws!