Tag: Middle Grade

Howl Pendragon’s Tinder Profile: He’ll Eat Your Heart

For our last Literary F*ck boy of the month, I wanted to pick someone not many people may know but who is as equally handsome and has many f*ck boy tendencies, Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle.

 

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This is for all of my anime boyfriends folks out there! I fell in love with Howl when I watched the movie, Howl’s Moving Castle. But this handsome wizard started out from a series of books written by Diana Wynne Jones.

There is a bit of a disparity between movie Howl and book Howl but what rings true through all of Howl’s appearances is that he his is a f*ck boy. Guaranteed, if someone is talking about Howl they talk about how he’s a heartbreaker or to an even worse extreme, a literal soul-stealer. Excuse me?

 

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He’s not soul-stealing bad but we’ll get to that. We meet him through Sophie, the main character of Howl’s Moving Castle and his main love interest.

Pre-Sophie however, Howl is ridiculously charming and a notorious flirt. He would chase after women but when they start to reciprocate his feelings, he leaves them high and dry. The nerve!  Like Lucifer, he enjoys a good suit but with magical flair of course. He wears bright coats and even some jewelry, including a matching necklace and earring set. We stan fashion, loves. 

He uses makeup, even goes as far as to use charms to make himself more attractive, and dyes his hair. Yes, I know, those luscious blonde locks aren’t his naturally. When Sophie accidentally messes with his hair potions in his bathroom, he quite literally throws a tantrum over it. But by the end he has beautiful dark hair which suits him the best.

 

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It’s clear that the wizard holds physical appearances in high regard; those of the women he is pursuing and even more so himself. He spends more than an a hour getting ready, there isn’t anything exactly wrong with that but he’s so self absorbed that he would forget to bring food home for Michael or Markel(the movie).

He also keeps a rather dirty and messy house. Until, Sophie cleans up, there were piles of dishes, dust, dirt and what can only described as sludge in the bathroom. EW!

 

 

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What makes him unique among our current literary f*ck boy line up so far, he’s a bit of a coward. In the movie there is war going on and Howl, evades the wizards drafts by using his mobile castle and the portal inside to bounce between different towns whenever he pleases. And he also goes by different names in these towns to keep up his anonymity.

Now, I know what you are thinking. “Zariah, what in the heck does anyone see in Howl? He’s gross, self-absorbed and superficial.” I know and that’s where Sophie comes in.

She is a sweet, quiet, girl who is saved by Howl from some gross solders hitting on her and that was the last she saw of the “heart eating” wizard until The Witch of  the Waste puts and aging spell on Sophie. The Witch of the Waste is an antagonist for the two really only because she was getting revenge on Howl. Howl being Howl, pursed the witch but when it is revealed that she wasn’t spectacularly beautiful he forgets about her, breaking her heart and hurting her ego, so the next logical step is to curse him. Welp.

 

 

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Sophie get cursed out of jealousy but she kind of takes it in stride and as a 90 year old, she ventures off to figure out her new life. She stumbles across the castle and becomes a cleaning lady for Howl, Michael/Markel, and Calcifer, the fire demon whom Howl gave his heart to.

As the story goes on, Sophie is more confident as an old woman and takes charge of the castle, getting everything and everyone together. While growing closer to Howl we are shown more of his personality which isn’t really terrible. He seems surface level to those who gossip about him but he gives Michael/Markel somewhere to live and revived Calcifer who was falling star who would’ve been snuffed out if he didn’t give him his heart.

Through Sophie he learns that looks aren’t everything and he becomes comfortable with himself. He helps in the war and does what he could to turn the tide for the better.

Here’s his profile!

 

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And of course, the two end up together. Sophie’s curse is broken, Howl’s get his heart back, and they live happily ever after. This has to be my favorite couple out of the ones we’ve covered, at least with the F*ck boys who end up with a partner.

 

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But thank you for rocking with me this month with some spooky/fantastical boys for this month. Next month we’ll get a little more historical. Happy Halloween!

 

 

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5 Best Teachers in Children’s Literature

Teachers can make a world of difference in our lives, in both good and bad ways. Some teachers are supportive and kind, challenging their students to truly do their best. Others end up squashing students’ potential, even if they don’t really intend to do it. Below are some of our favorite teachers in children’s and young adult books that help to support and foster positivity in their classrooms. They all might take different approaches or even teach magical subjects, but there is something to learn from every single one.

Mr. Ingman, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

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Above everything else, Mr. Ingman believes in his students. In a terrible car accident, Julia’s sister dies her senior year. Julia struggles with not only her sister’s death, but her identity as a daughter, writer, and individual. Mr. Ingman works to develop relationship with not only Julia, but each of his students. He is supportive of her as she handles her grief, even helping her find a therapist to discuss her issues with a professional, but he never stops challenging her in the classroom.

Mr. Ingman sees immense potential in Julia as a writer and doesn’t allow her to limit herself. He encourages her to apply to college writing programs that she sees as too lofty for a young Hispanic girl from Chicago. Mr. Ingman never allows barriers to affect Julia’s potential as both a student and a writer. His investment in his students personal and academic lives is an incredible example for all teachers.

Professor McGonagall, The Harry Potter Series

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Minerva McGonagall is a great balance between being a no-nonsense educator and a kindhearted teacher. Even though some of her students try to slip things by her, she is always at the top of her game. She may have high expectations and give lots of work, but she truly cares about her students. Whether she is buying Harry a broomstick so he can join the Quidditch team or giving Hermione a time turner to attend more classes, she is always working to provide opportunities for her students.

Professor McGonagall pushes her students and challenges them to be their best. Her students have immense respect for her, but they aren’t scared of her the same way they are of some other Hogwarts teachers (*cough cough* Professor Snape *cough cough*). At every turn, Professor McGonagall is supporting and challenging her students in unique ways.

Mr. Terupt, Because of Mr. Terupt

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Seven students at Snow Hill school discover the power of one teacher when they walk into Mr. Terupt’s classroom. Told from the perspective of seven of Mr. Terupt’s students, this heartwarming story reminds readers that a good teacher has an effect both inside and outside the classroom. Between his journaling activities and creative classroom projects, Mr. Terupt is an engaged and exciting teacher.

But most importantly, develops personal relationships with each of his students. Not only does he teach them reading and math skills, but he teaches them to boldly be themselves and overcome personal challenges. In Mr. Terupt’s classroom, students learn to accept others and express their ideas and feelings in productive ways. Mr. Terupt doesn’t focus on teaching content, but rather on teaching students, which makes him a strong and successful teacher.

Mr. Bruner/Chiron, The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series

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Chiron, the Greek trainer of heroes, helps Percy throughout this series to become a better fighter and a better man. Although he initially lies to Percy about his identity, his lies are only to support Percy’s safety. Chiron knows that Percy is capable, smart, and brave, even when his student might not know it himself. Whether Chiron is teaching at Yancy Academy or in the sanctuary of Camp Half-Blood he is helping his students become independent.

Never losing the opportunity to teach a moral lesson, Chiron helps all the heroes at Camp Half-Blood become their strongest selves. Throughout the series, Chiron provides guidance and helps his heroes on their own personal journeys. Although Percy and his friends may bend the rules sometimes, Chiron always does what is best for them.

Ms. Frizzle, The Magic School Bus Series

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Throughout the Magic School Bus series, Ms. Frizzle finds new ways to engage her students in the content she is teaching. Ms. Frizzle takes her students on an adventure in the classroom, both literally and figuratively. Whether she is taking her students to the bottom of the ocean or back to the age of dinosaurs, Ms. Frizzle’s classroom is always somewhere fun and exciting to be. From her wardrobe to her enthusiastic teaching style, Ms. Frizzle is engaging and challenging her students at every turn.

Ms. Frizzle does an excellent job making a teaching moment memorable. Even though most classroom teachers don’t have the magic that Ms. Frizzle does, they can learn from her immersive teaching strategies and positive attitude in the classroom. Ms. Frizzle makes her students care about what she teaches in her classroom and connects her curriculum to her students’ lives in powerful ways. Ms. Frizzle is a great example of a teacher who loves teaches that wants to make her students love learning.

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Paper Book Sales Decline Slightly

According to Publishers Weekly, unit sales of print books fell 5.5% last week, with no big books hitting shelves that week.

The adult nonfiction and fiction categories were the hardest hit, with a decline of about 8% last week. The only major publishing category that increased in sales was juvenile nonfiction, which had a 0.5% gain. Some other genres also saw an increase in sales, such as social situations/family/health, which were up 41.7%, and biographies/autobiographies, ahead 24%, while there was also some smaller declines in the bigger subgenre areas of education/reference/language, games/activities/hobbies, and history/sports/people/places.

 

Sales are expected to rise in the next quarter as holiday shopping season approaches. This season is also crucial for independent bookstores as they make most of their revenue during this season. Booksellers are encouraging to start holiday shopping early this year due to printing shortages.

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