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Oh My Word!

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May 26, 2022 33 min
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BONUS! Episode featuring screenwriter, author, and podcaster Geoffrey D. Calhoun!
Geoffrey shares about becoming a screenwriter on a bet, writing an accessible book on screenwriting, weaving in subplots, and more!

Find out more about Geoffrey D. Calhoun at www.thesuccessfulscreenwriter.com

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Some trends are self-made, some trends are manufactured, but however they come about, trends affect culture and culture affects trends.
As part of an ongoing, multi-episode series, we’re taking a look at some of the upcoming YA adaptations across streaming platforms. Also, we coined a new word!
This episode: Vampire Academy, The Sky is Everywhere,...

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BONUS! Episode featuring author Erik Bean!
Erik speaks about finding bias in media, learning to assess information, how these techniques may benefit fiction writers, and more!

Find out more about Erik Bean at https://biashandbook.com

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May 17, 2022 15 min
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Lyrical and wonderfully written, The Girl Who Drank the Moon weaves a story relatively good to our pearls, although there are certain descriptions and themes that may not be well-suited to all middle grade readers.

Pearl Clutcher Ratings:
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Romance: 0.5
Language: 0
Violence: 2

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BONUS! Episode featuring author Angela Ruth Strong!
Angela shares about writing romance…right after her husband left, writing clean romance, adaptations, and more!

Find out more about Angela Ruth Strong at https://www.angelaruthstrong.com

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Hairspray, here to have a good time or musical with a message? Are bright colors and upbeat songs enough to make a good musical, or does there need to be a message, too? Should musicals that mainly focus on having fun bother with getting a point across?

Pearl Clutcher Ratings:
Hairspray (Movie Musical)
Romance: 2
Language: 2
Violence: 0

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BONUS! Episode featuring author Syd Blue!
Syd talks about writing, flying, writing about flying, adaptations, and more!

Find out more about Syd Blue at https://sydblue.com

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May 3, 2022 20 min
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The World Between Blinks is a middle grade adventure which lands well on our pearl scales, and gets extra points for bringing in historical fiction! However, a sense of rushed pacing, among some other things, left us with a few questions.

Pearl Clutcher Ratings:
The World Between Blinks by Amie Kaufman and Ryan Graudin
Romance: 1
Language: 0
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BONUS! Episode featuring voice actor Ray Buffer!
Ray talks about voice acting, recording bears, collecting golden age comic books, and more!

Find out more about Ray Buffer at https://raybuffer.wixsite.com/raybuffer

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April 26, 2022 22 min
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Game of Thrones is a highly lauded TV adaptation of a book series of the same name, which developed a very rapt, devoted fan base. Somehow, this international hit wasn’t satisfied with complex world building, realistic characters, and a compelling story, but generously packed episodes with unnecessary “mature” content, too. Pearls clutching scale...

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BONUS! Episode featuring author Natalie Mae! Natalie shares about becoming an author, her YA fantasy debut series, creating complex characters, and more! Find out more about Natalie Mae at https://nataliemaebooks.com...
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April 19, 2022 27 min
Many people have a general idea of what happened on the western front during World War II, but what about the atrocities of the eastern front? Between Shades of Gray...
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BONUS! Episode featuring editorial cartoonist Phil Hands! Phil shares about how he got into cartooning, how he thinks up ideas, the aim of editorial cartooning, and more! Find out more...
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April 12, 2022 19 min
The Phantom Tollbooth is a wonderful example of a middle grade book with a perfect pearl clutching score, delightful wordplay, and a place on the shelf of classic children’s literature....
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BONUS! Episode featuring literary agent Ameerah Holliday! Ameerah talks about getting into reading, what sort of stories she’s drawn to, the job of a literary agent, and more! Find out...
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April 5, 2022 18 min
Looking for some mindless movie fun? Looking for something that might have significant story flaws but is more about the actor having fun than concrete world building? Then Free Guy...
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BONUS! Episode featuring editor Sara Schonfeld (again)! Sara talks about how to set up physical and emotional hints and clues for payoff later in a story, plus shares classic advice...
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March 29, 2022 23 min
On the surface, Whiplash is a story about a young man who wants to be one of the greatest drummers and the mentor who could help him realize his dream. Looking...
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BONUS! Episode featuring author Stacia Deutsch (again)! Stacia talks about cliffhangers, story structure, writing a spinoff of a classic, beloved children’s series, and more! Find out more about Stacia Deutsch...
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Encanto is a colorful Disney cultural celebration with lyrics by the renown Lin Manuel Miranda, but looking past all the brightness, does the story and music really add up? Or is...
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