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Hermione Granger Stop-Motion Tribute!

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Given the 20 year anniversary of Harry Potter, we thought it fitting to share this tribute to Hermione Granger made by Penguin Random House. This tribute is  part of a video series they make called "Kick-A** Characters," which are salutes to their favorite characters in literature. They explain this video also...
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Throwback Thursday: Welcome Home

Throwback Thursday: Welcome Home







*Contributed by Kayla King*   It's time, dear witches and wizards (and muggles, too) to find our way back home to Hogwarts. That's right, it's September 1st, and all I want to do is board the Hogwarts Express. And since I can't go back to my first trip there, I am...
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Pottermore: Harry Potter Actors Get Sorted

Pottermore: Harry Potter Actors Get Sorted

What a year to be a Potterhead! With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child soon to make its publishing debut, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them just months away, I know I can't help but feel the magic. Now here's a little extra magic for the day:    ...
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Throwback Thursday: Harry Potter and the Nostalgic Generation

Throwback Thursday: Harry Potter and the Nostalgic Generation










Contributed by Kayla King, Blog Manager and Staff Reviewer   There is a word,  hiraeth,  which explains "a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past."  I was eight-years-old the first...
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Scholastic will publish the eighth Harry Potter book, HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, on Harry's birthday--July 31, 2016. Check out all the details here.   Join the rest of the YA book world as we hyperventilate and mark our July calendars with shiny stars and lightning bolts!    
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Author Guest Post with Renee Collins

Author Guest Post with Renee Collins
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  Today, author Renee Collins is discussing some of our favorite things here at YABC today: writing, Harry Potter, and her own book,  Until We Meet Again .        Meet Renee.  Renee Collins grew up on a beach in Hawaii. Sadly, she never met anyone from the past on...
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Love Letters to Literature #1

Love Letters to Literature #1
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  Contributed by Kayla King, Blog Manager and Staff Reviewer   Dear J.K. Rowling,   I suppose the best way to begin this letter would be to say  thank you!  Many readers might say that you changed their lives with the inception of your boy wizard. I'm sure that's true. But...
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CJ Redwine, Site and Staff Manager
I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying. *sniffs*
Monday, 24 August 2015 10:17
Emily Savant, Staff Reviewer
LOVE!! I'm just now reading Order of the Phoenix and wish I had read them sooner! Such an amazing world!
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