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ahoffkosik

Joined June 2018

Book Lover | Freelance Writer | Host of the (bookish) SSR Podcast — www.ssrpodcast.com
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Slumber Party | Christopher Pike
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Today on my book podcast, author ALI HAZELWOOD and I would like to invite you to a slumber party — more specifically, Christopher Pike‘s 1985 SLUMBER PARTY. This particular gathering is extremely terrifying and verrrry problematic, but we chat about every last detail! 🔥❄️ Listen at the link in my bio.

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This week, Jordan from Completely Booked is on my book podcast… and I‘m so proud and excited to drop this particular episode on my birthday! 🥳 On it, we take a deep dive into Jerry Spinelli‘s MANIAC MAGEE, particularly what it‘s saying about race and racism and how those messages have evolved in the three decades since the Newbery medal winner was published. 👟 listen at the link in my bio!

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Animorphs #1: The Invasion | K. A. Applegate
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On Episode 210 of my book podcast, author Ashley Poston and I prove that it‘s never too late to catch up on the pop culture that the cool kids were consuming approximately 20 years ago. 🙈 In our conversation about the first book in the ANIMORPHS series, we touch on mall hangs, the blurry lines between middle grade and YA, things that creep us out, dog behavior, metaphors for puberty, horse girls, and more. ✨ Listen at the link in my bio!

ozma.of.oz Yeeesss! Animorphs! 2w
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Pippi Longstocking | Astrid Lindgren
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By the end of the conversation I had with Claribel Ortega on this week‘s episode of my book podcast, we decided that we need to make some “What Would Pippi Do?” merch… so there‘s a lot to look forward to in this Pippi Longstocking episode! Listen at the link in my bio.

CogsOfEncouragement I love Pippi so much! I dressed as her one Halloween in HS. I hosted a mother-daughter book club with this book when my girlie was younger. I see why it has been translated to more than 40 languages. 3w
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On Episode 208 of my book podcast, we are officially down the rabbit hole for what I know is a long overdue journey through ALICE‘S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. Author Roselle Lim pulls up a seat at our podcast tea party and shares her personal love for this whimsical story and aesthetic. 🐰♥️♦️ Listen at the link in my bio!

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Denise Williams is on my book podcast this week chatting with me about WAYSIDE SCHOOL IS FALLING DOWN and the whole thing is a total delight! Listen to hear conversations about everything from representation and Book Tok to bathroom humor and existential dread in kid lit. 🚌 Listen at the link in my bio!

ozma.of.oz I remember this book! I can‘t wait to listen to the episode! (edited) 1mo
ahoffkosik @ozma.of.oz i hope you like it!!! 1mo
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The Witches | Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
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It‘s probably a littttle early to kick off the Halloween season, but the grocery store is already full of pumpkins and candy corn, so why shouldn‘t we get a head start on all things spooky on my pod, too? It‘s Episode 206 of my book podcast and my first time ever reading THE WITCHES by Roald Dahl. Author Amanda Aksel is on the show for a discussion about what makes something too dark for kids, adaptations, and more. Link to listen in my bio!

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The Hatchers and Judy Blume are BACK for Episode 205 of my book podcast! This week, it‘s all about TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING, and I was lucky enough to have author Carola Lovering as my guest to discuss Fudge‘s many antics… and big brother Peter‘s many frustrations. We talk about sibling dynamics, old school representations of fatherhood, pet turtles, fatphobia, and more. 🐢 listen at the link in my bio!

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As a ‘90s kid who coveted all things American Girl, I have to admit that the AG episodes we‘ve done so far on my book podcast have been especially near and dear to my heart. Episode 204 feels extra special, though! On it, the wonderful author Ebony LaDelle joins me to discuss all things MEET ADDY, American Girl business, BIPOC representation, and more. 🇺🇸 Listen at the link in my bio.

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Tall, Dark, and Deadly | Francine Pascal, Kate William
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Pretty much anything can happen when Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are involved… including the arrival of a brooding, mysterious vampire who naturally becomes the most popular guy at Sweet Valley High. I mightttt even say that this is the wackiest SVH book I‘ve covered on my book pod yet — and it was a treat to have Andie J. Christopher on to talk with me about it! 🧛‍♀️ Link to listen in my bio.

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My book podcast is BACK after a brief summer break… and I‘m thrilled to share Episode 201! On it, author Alison Rose Greenberg joins me to chat about SUMMER SISTERS in all of its teen angst, heartbreak, and drama. Link to listen in my bio!

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Just Listen | Sarah Dessen
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Episode 200 of my book podcast drops TODAY 🎉 — and on it, I have the pleasure of chatting with the amazing Leah Johnson about a book by one of her all-time faves, Sarah Dessen. Leah talks me through my first experience reading JUST LISTEN, a book about every serious topic that somehow manages to navigate all of them pretty much perfectly. 🎧 Link to listen in my bio!

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Episode 199 of my book podcast features a real subject matter expert… who also happens to be a listener! Dr. Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath is a Jewish educator and author and was the perfect person to join me for a conversation about the stunning, heartbreaking THE DEVIL‘S ARITHMETIC. I learned so much from Samantha and loved talking with her. Link to listen in my bio!

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P.S. Longer Letter Later | Ann M. Martin, Paula Danziger
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It‘s not an exaggeration to say that Episode 198 of my podcast is more than a decade in the making! My guest Colleen McKeegan is the debut author of THE WILD ONE — but also a high school classmate of mine! We talk quite a bit about high school memories, but also a true gem of a throwback read P.S. LONGER LETTER LATER. 💌 Link to listen in my bio!

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Mandy | Julie Andrews Edwards
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She‘s Mary Poppins, Maria von Trapp, Queen Clarisse of Genovia, Lady Whisteldown… and a beloved author! 👑 She‘s Julie Andrews (Edwards), and on the new episode of my podcast, Erin La Rosa joins me for a full fangirl session about this icon and her first published work, MANDY. We talk about the book‘s emotional complexity, orphan stories, frenemies, and more. 🌸🌻 listen at the link in my bio!

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Voyage on the Great Titanic | Ellen Emerson White
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This week‘s episode of my book podcast will make you feel *almost* all the feels you experienced when Kate and Leo hit the big screen together in 1997… and not only because it covers similar historical territory. Author and podcaster Kelsey McKinney is on the show to chat about one of the most popular installments in the beloved Dear America series, Voyage on the Great Titanic. 🛳💔 Listen at the link in my bio!

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Ready or Not | Meg Cabot
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They say you should tread lightly around conversations about politics and sex… on this week‘s episode of my podcast, author Shauna Robinson and i dive into BOTH. It‘s impossible not to after reading Ready or Not, which is the sequel to All-American Girl by Meg Cabot. 🇺🇸 There‘s talk about sex ed, the murky business of likability, the pressures of having a platform, and so much more. Link to listen in my bio!

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We‘ve now covered three Sarah Dessen books on my book podcast and — spoiler alert! — The Truth About Forever is officially my favorite. Author Martha Waters joins me on today‘s episode to talk about Macy‘s story in all of its dreaminess and heartbreak. We discuss perfectionism, toxic relationships, terrible boyfriends, what it *really* means to work in a library, our collective approach to grief, and more. 💔 Listen at the link in my bio!

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Nancy Drew episodes on my podcast are always a fun ride! Our girl Nancy rarely disappoints. Each installment presents us with equal parts hilarity, problematic, and girl power. The Bungalow Mystery is no exception! I had an amazing time unpacking alllllll the juicy details with author and podcaster Kate Spencer. Listen at the link in my bio!

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We always love a Judy Blume moment on my book podcast — and today‘s Judy moment is especially lovely because 1.) we‘re discussing the author‘s most autobiographical novel and 2.) we have author Hena Khan on the show! Listen at the link in my bio.

BookBabe Nice! I‘ve read many of her books but never this one. I met her a few years back at her book signing—she was lovely! 5mo
ahoffkosik @BookBabe I‘d love to meet her someday! 5mo
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Hoot | Carl Hiaasen
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Had a major HOOT of a time (come on, I had to) talking about this Carl Hiaasen Newbery Honor winner with NYT bestsellers Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick on my book podcast! We talk about why Hoot is the perfect book for Gen X, early activism, licorice pancakes, grown-up problems in kid lit, and more. 🦉🥞 Link to listen in my bio!

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Amelia Bedelia | Peggy Parish
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One of my personal favorite podcasters — Kate Kennedy from Be There In Five — is BACK on today‘s episode of my book pod, this time for a deep dive into Peggy Parish‘s Amelia Bedelia. We chat about everything from our shared early love for this series and Amelia Bedelia reboots to ageism and what it really means to dress a chicken. 🌸 Listen at the link in my bio!

CogsOfEncouragement One of my favorites when I was a kid. I was pregnant with our first when we came across a treasury and was thrilled to nab it for our home library. 3w
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Horse Crazy (Yearling) | Bonnie Bryant
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Calling all current horse girls, former horse girls, wannabe horse girls, and anyone who ever tried a pony ride at a birthday party. We‘re wayyyy overdue for a Saddle Club episode on my book podcast, but we finally make that right on today‘s episode with a little help from the hosts of OWWR Pod. We cover barn life, middle school drama, and everything in between. 🐴 link to listen in my bio!

TheSpineView I still am a horse girl even after more than 50 years of riding. This series came out after I was an adult so I never read it. Unfortunately, my grand daughters didn't get the horse gene. 6mo
ahoffkosik @TheSpineView so cool that you have a lifelong love of horses! 6mo
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Anacaona, Golden Flower | Edwidge Danticat
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One year after our first Royal Diaries deep dive on my book pod, the wonderful Amber Burns joins me for another one! On Episode 188, Amber and I chat about the many things we learned from and loved about the second to last title in the series — Anacaona, Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490. 👑 Link to listen in my bio!

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Kristy's Big Day | Ann M. Martin
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Wedding bells are ringing for Kristy Thomas‘s mom and Watson Brewer — and I was lucky enough to chat with author Alison Cochrun (The Charm Offensive) about all of the fun and drama that unfolds as a result in the sixth installment of the Baby-Sitters Club, Kristy‘s Big Day. This was Alison‘s first experience reading the BSC, which makes it extra fun. Tune in at the link in my bio!

BookBabe Ah, that makes me feel nostalgic! Childhood was such a treat. ❤️ 6mo
ahoffkosik @BookBabe it really was! 6mo
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Break out those magnifying glasses — plus those encyclopedias (or maybe just a handy Wikipedia scroll, perhaps). The new episode of my book podcast is all about the first book in the classic Encyclopedia Brown series! We chat about the origin of the series, the way it portrays smart kids, its super cool format, and a potential Encyclopedia/Rory Gilmore crossover. 🔎 Link to listen in my bio!

CogsOfEncouragement Ah! Another absolute favorite from my childhood. I could not have been happier when my son enjoyed the series too. 3w
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Inkheart | Cornelia Funke
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Fantasy fans will be PSYCHED to see an Inkheart episode of my book podcast, but here‘s the thing — as I learned reading this book for the first time, it‘s a story for *all* book lovers! I like to think this episode is for all book lovers, too. Debut author Akshaya Raman is my guest, and we had the best time talking about world building, the reader/author relationship, and more. 📖 Link to listen in my bio!

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A Ring of Endless Light | Madeleine L'Engle
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We‘re way overdue for more Madeleine L‘Engle on my book podcast. On Episode 185, we set that situation right, this time for a conversation about A Ring of Endless Light. Author Claire Legrand joins me and shares her experience reading it for the first time. We have an in-depth discussion about main character Vicky Austin‘s journey with love and loss. We talk about dolphins, faith, mental health, and Gilmore Girls. Link to listen in my bio!

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There‘s something magical about a book for kiddos that manages to capture everything from the joy of baseball to the complexities of the American dream — and Bette Bao Lord pulled it off in 1984 with In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson. This week on my book pod, author Traci Chee joins me for a deep dive into this gem of a story. ⚾️ Link to listen in my bio!

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A Little Princess (Collins Classics) | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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This week on my book podcast, we‘re taking it to the classics! Superstar author Danya Kukafka joins me to chat about A Little Princess, the book that inspired one of my very favorite childhood movies. Danya and I discuss the novel‘s cozy vibes, along with its dated, icky portrayals of gender dynamics, race, and morality. We also argue that main character Sara might just be the original manifesting babe! 👑 Listen at the link in my bio.

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I Was a Teenage Fairy | Francesca Lia Block
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This week, two of my favorite podcasters are back on my book podcast! Emma Gray and Claire Fallon from Love to See It reminded me of Francesca Lia Block‘s I Was a Teenage Fairy, which we discuss in-depth on Episode 181. We chat about fairy tales, masculinity, trauma, sexuality, fatphobia, and empathy. Emma and Claire are brilliant and I‘m so thankful for their insights! ✨ Link to listen in my bio.

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Anna and the French Kiss | Stephanie Perkins
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Just in time for Valentine‘s Day, romance author Alana Albertson joins me on my book podcast to dish about Anna and the French Kiss! Tune in to hear us chat about everything from cheating love interests and the meaning of home to film adaptations and privilege. We also talk quite a bit about the romance genre more broadly. 🇫🇷💋 Listen at the link in my bio!

Chrissyreadit #podcaster I was just thinking I would like a way to check out and share litsy podcasters. So now when I see a post reflecting that I‘m adding the hashtag. Eventually I will make a post on my page. 8mo
ahoffkosik @Chrissyreadit great idea! I will try to remember to do that! 8mo
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Kidnapped by the Cult! | Francine Pascal, Kate William
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Sweet Valley High‘s Kidnapped By the Cult! has been on my personal wish list for my book podcast for a long time now, and when I read Cultish, I knew Amanda Montell *had* to be the one to break it down with me! On Episode 179, this brilliant, hilarious author and linguist fully deep dives with me into the way cults are portrayed in the SV universe. Is it accurate? Listen at the link in my bio!

JenlovesJT47 I read this for the first time a couple of years ago and I was completely engrossed in it! Yeah it‘s Sweet Valley so it‘s not Pulitzer material but it‘s a reminder how easy it is for people to get caught up in that kind of stuff. Pretty scary actually! 😱 6mo
ahoffkosik @JenlovesJT47 I couldn‘t agree more! Well said! 6mo
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On today‘s episode of my book podcast, the conversation about Artemis Fowl covers fairy lore, antiheroes, bathroom humor, racism in fantasy, office politics, law enforcement in literature, boy geniuses, and Santa Claus. Does the book hold up to my memories of it from childhood? Listen at the link in my bio to find out! ✨

ozma.of.oz Great episode! I have a very visceral memory of hiding under my quilt with a copy of this book, a pencil, and a flashlight trying to decode the bottom text. 😂 I think I still have it buried somewhere. 8mo
ahoffkosik @ozma.of.oz thank you for listening! I love that memory you shared. Those hiding-under-the-quilt books really are the best. 8mo
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Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery | Deborah Howe, James Howe
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Take one eager canine narrator, a well-read cat, and a seemingly harmless rabbit who might *actually* be a vampire, and you‘ve got yourself Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery. The book was published in 1979 as the start of a beloved series… and now it‘s the focus of Episode 177 of my book podcast! The wonderful Lev (L.C.) Rosen joins me for a conversation about vampire lore, animal antics, and more. 🐇 link to listen in my bio!

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Dear Mr. Henshaw | Beverly Cleary
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In 2022, making contact with your favorite author is no biggie. All it takes is a DM! But when Beverly Cleary wrote Dear Mr. Henshaw in 1983, making this connection required a little more time and effort — and main character Leigh Botts makes that investment time and again as he becomes pen pal to author Boyd Henshaw. On today‘s episode of my podcast, author Jeff Zentner talks about how this book has influenced him. Link to listen in my bio!

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Ever since the publication of Hugh Lofting‘s original Dr. Dolittle story in 1920, the Dr. Dolittle character has captured the imaginations of many people, especially animal lovers! A handful of movies helped, but what about the source material? What is the original Dr. Dolittle like? For the first 2022 episode of my book podcast, the hosts of the Overdue podcast return to help me get to the bottom of these questions. Listen at the link in my bio!

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Finding My Voice | Marie Myung-Ok Lee
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One of the biggest joys of hosting my book pod has always been discovering new (to me) classics — and for the last book episode of 2021, that‘s exactly what happened! Author Jane Igharo joins me for an in-depth conversation about Marie Myung-Ok Lee‘s Finding My Voice. We discuss the book‘s exploration of racism and the immigrant experience, as well as the way it depicts popularity and “the cool guy.” Listen at the link in my bio!

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In the early aughts, much of pop culture was all about glitz, decadence, and attitude. It was the age of Gossip Girl, The Clique, and Mean Girls. Zoey Dean‘s The A-List was also a product of this time — and this week on my book podcast, I have bestselling author Zakiya Dalila Harris on to chat about the first book in the series. Link to listen in my bio! 🎧

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New Reads November goes out in a BIG 👏 way 👏 on my podcast today! Bestselling author and lovely human Talia Hibbert joins me for Episode 171, on which we swoon about the dreamy and yet still so relatable world of Emiko Jean‘s Tokyo Ever After. We chat about identity, tabloid culture, representation in publishing, cool literary parents, our love for The Princess Diaries, and more. 👑 Link to listen in my bio!

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Prairie Lotus | Linda Sue Park
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At long last, I read Prairie Lotus — the book that‘s been most frequently recommended to me by guests and fans of my book podcast. It was the perfect choice for the third week of New Reads November 2021. My guest and i chat about everything from the inspiration for Prairie Lotus and the important ways in which it diverges from the Little House narrative to depictions of allyship and assault in kid lit. Link to listen in my bio!

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Camp | L. C. Rosen
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It may be November, but we‘re all off to camp this week on my book podcast — more specifically, CAMP by L.C. Rosen! Author Dahlia Adler joins me on today‘s episode to chat about this very special book. Camp inspires discussions about identity, how much we change ourselves for the people we love, and how queer folks can best keep each other safe. We also talk about queer lit and our own camp experiences. ⛺️ Link to listen in my bio!

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Once a year on my book podcast, we take a break from our usual literary throwback programming to explore more recent YA and middle grade titles from an adult perspective. It‘s New Reads November 2021! On the first episode, the lovely Emma Benshoff joins me to talk about Emma Lord‘s You Have a Match. We chat about queer rep, social media in books, the golden age of YA, and more. ⛺️ Link to listen in bio!

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At long last, we‘re talking about To All the Boys I‘ve Loved Before on my podcast! Author Farah Naz Rishi joins me to chat about the Netflix adaptation, along with the book‘s portrayal of sisterhood, people pleasing, sex, popularity, healthy relationships, and so much more. We also have a conversation about the importance of representation in pop culture. 💌 Link to listen in my bio!

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Redwall | Brian Jacques
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Calling all fans of candied chestnuts, hotroot soup, toasted cheese on oatcakes, and honey and blackberry pie! At long last, it‘s Redwall day on my book podcast! Author Namina Forna joins me to discuss both the first installment in the series and the Redwall universe as a whole. We discuss epic fantasy tropes, our favorite characters, so-called “women‘s work,” the author‘s backstory, and more. Link to listen in my bio! 🎧

ozma.of.oz I love Redwall! Just downloaded and subscribed! ❤️ 12mo
ahoffkosik @ozma.of.oz thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the episode! 12mo
ozma.of.oz Thank you for such a thoughtful discussion! You addressed things I had noticed too, like how some races are strictly evil, but your discussion also opened my eyes to things I had not noticed, like the treatment of madness as villainous. Thanks again, and I‘m looking forward to working my way through your back catalogue! 12mo
ahoffkosik @ozma.of.oz i‘m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for listening and thank you for the kind words. ❤️ 11mo
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Deenie | Judy Blume
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YA author Hayley Krischer makes her second appearance on my book podcast this week, this time to discuss Judy Blume‘s Deenie. Deenie was published in 1973 and (sadly, like many of her books) was subject to tons of criticism from schools, libraries, and communities. In true SSR fashion, Hayley and I dig directly into this controversial subject matter on this week‘s episode! Link to listen in my bio. 💕

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It‘s never NOT a treat to read a book by E.L. Konigsburg, and coming back to the title featured on this week‘s episode of my podcast was certainly no exception. Author Trish Doller joins me on Episode 164 for a deep dive about Konigsburg‘s 1967 Newbery Honor-winning middle grade novel, Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth. ✨ Link to listen in my bio!

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Writers/readers/podcasters unite on Episode 163 of my book podcast, on which author and First Draft Pod host/creator Sarah Enni joins me to discuss Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH! This Newbery Medal winner was published in 1971 and still offers TONS of yummy food for thought in 2021. Tune in at the link in my bio! 🐭

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Bud, Not Buddy | Christopher Paul Curtis
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When 12-year-old Bud Caldwell sets out on a journey across the state of Michigan in hopes of finding his father in Bud, Not Buddy, he knows he can handle *anything* as long as he has his suitcase of special things. I felt that same confidence (and excitement!) embarking on this week‘s episode of my book pod, because I had bestselling author and YA superstar Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé as my guest! Tune in at the link in my bio.

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Betsy-Tacy | Maud Hart Lovelace
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Like peanut butter and jelly, cake and ice cream, and milk and cereal, Betsy and Tacy just *go* together! We meet these beloved protagonists when they are just five years old in the book my guest — the fabulous author Laura Hankin — and I discuss on this week‘s episode of my book podcast, which is called Betsy-Tacy. Tune in to our conversation about all things childhood and friendship at the link in my bio! ❤️