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What’s Hot: The Life of Severus Snape (fan made video)

It’s been almost 18 years since the first book in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series came out. Many – if not most – kids have grown up reading the books and watching the movies, eagerly anticipating the release of the next one in the series.

The story of a young wizard, as he grows up, learns about his past, has adventures, and faces his destiny of battling the evil Lord Voldemort. We root for Harry the whole way.


Woven alongside is another story.

A story of love. And anguish. And bravery.

The story of Severus Snape.

You don’t choose who you fall in love with.

Going viral right now is a YouTube video, made by Harry Potter fan kcawesome13, of “Severus Snape’s most important scenes and arcs in the Harry Potter film series in chronological order”.

 Grab your box of Kleenex.

And be prepared to be pulled back into the world of Harry Potter for 15 minutes of feels.

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Review: The False Prince, by Jennifer A. Nielsen


It’s morning, and I’m bleary eyed.  The kids and I are reading “The False Prince”, by Jennifer A. Nielsen – the first book in The Ascendance Trilogy.  Except, I started reading ahead. And then, I couldn’t put it down…

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Review: What Came from the Stars, by Gary D. Schmidt

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Tommy Pepper is your average 6th grader, who likes football and hates homework.  He’s bright, kind, and sad. Tommy lost his mother in a car accident less than a year ago, and his family’s house by the ocean in Plymouth, Massachusetts seems empty without her. Tommy’s father hasn’t painted since that day, and his little sister, Patty, hasn’t spoken a word. To make things even worse, a local real estate agent is determined to obtain their property – a heavenly little piece of beach – to build a huge condominium complex.

Far, far away, on the other side of the universe, on a planet with 2 suns, a battle between good and evil is waging. The good guys, the Valorim, are losing. They are slowly but surely succumbing to the bad guys, Lord Mondus and his host of O’Mondim, faceless creatures from the watery deep.

As the last few brave Valorim warriors still stand, a pendant is forged – a chain into which is poured the Art of Valorim. Their art, their music, their power, their magic. With a last desperate hope, the pendant is sent up, up, up into the sky, through the atmosphere, across the stars, to a small blue planet with 1 sun.

It lands in Tommy’s lunchbox…