Series: All Ages Summer Book Club

All Ages Summer Book Club

It’s almost summer and nothing beats sitting outside, soaking up some rays, and reading a good book. The only thing better than that would be enjoying said book with family and friends. But usually kids, teens, and adults aren’t reading the same books. If only there was a way to read feminist friendly books that both the young and old could enjoy together… Hold on, that’s exactly what we’re offering this year! Welcome to the First Annual All Ages Summer Book Club. We’ll be reading three family friendly books over the next few months. Recruit friends and relatives to...

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All Ages Summer Book Club — July Pick

Our first selection for the All Ages Summer Book Club was Neil Gaiman’s The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, which was re-released last week with artwork by Eddie Campbell. We had our first Twitter discussion on our summer reading pick as well, which I thoroughly enjoyed. We even decided on our next selection during the talk, but you’ll have to read to the end of this article to find out what it is. What did everyone think of our first read? I found the story problematic in several ways. There were a surprising number of unnecessary...

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All Ages Summer Book Club — August Pick

In the Twitter talk about our June pick, we discussed the prevalence of depressing plotlines in children’s fiction, such as death, disease, and abuse. Many books utilize these themes to give their stories empathetic pull; it’s near impossible to read about a kid dealing with mortality or exploitation without feeling invested. It’s a powerful tool to snare an audience, but it’s also emotionally exhausting as a reader. Someone suggested Gregor the Overlander as an example of youth fiction that avoids the usual angst-ridden templates and went into a different direction: kids rescuing a parent from danger. That is still...

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Jem Jam: “Starbright” Parts 2 and 3

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Jem, the beloved 80s cartoon series. Jem and the Holograms have never been bigger, as 2015 will also see the release of a live action film based on the show, a new comic book series published by IDW, and a continuing line of collectible fashion dolls from Integrity Toys. To celebrate the original series, WWAC is watching it from the very beginning. It’s showtime, Synergy!   “Starbright Part 2: Colliding Stars” Written by Christy Marx Al: I fell off the watching wagon for a while, but I caught up and have returned to...

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What The Fox – Channing Tatum as Gambit?!

News broke this week that Fox, who still owns the rights to Marvel’s X-Men characters (WHY, Marvel, WHY? You are owned by the Mega-Mouse! You can afford to buy them back!), has sat down at the table with Channing Tatum, who wants to play the role of the merry mutants’ very own Ragin’ Cajun, Gambit. The response among the fandom has been mixed. Which is to say that guys either think it’s cool or don’t much care. Women, on the other hand, are pretty uniformly saying “NO.” There’s a #Chambit hashtag on Twitter now for discussing how bad an...

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