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Episode 104 – House of Danger

House of Danger by R.A. Montgomery

If you’d like to continue with Flashback Summer, turn to page 2 for Kait, Renata, and Becca’s discussion of House of Danger by R.A. Montgomery. If you’re curious about the Choose Your Own Adventure franchise’s crossover into board game territory, roll a die. If you’re curious about how a single dangerous house can contain aliens, ghosts, carnivorous plants, and counterfeiting chimpanzees, listen to this episode now.

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: North & Henderson Choose Their Own Adventure for Special “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” Issue

The Seven Most F***ed up Real ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Books

House of Danger on BoardGameGeek.com

Candy Pairing: Becca says banana Runts, Kait says a boardwalk candy store, Renata says a mall candy store.

Coming up next: Sunset Island by Cherie Bennett.

 

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Episode 103 – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz & Stephen Gammell

Flashback Summer gathered around the campfire to read Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz & Stephen Gammell with our editor Becca. Put your hand in a bowl of peeled grapes and listen to hear how deeply upsetting Renata finds the formative stories of Kait’s childhood. Remember: the best way to make sure your friends know that you’re telling them a scary story is to end it with a scream!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: The 18 Most Egregious Art Replacements in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

I’m Glad They Changed The Art in Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Candy Pairing: Becca says a big toe, Kait says peeled grapes,  Renata says peanut butter taffy.

Coming up next: The House of Danger by R.A. Montgomery.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 103 – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz & Stephen Gammell. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 102 – Ramona and Her Mother

Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary

Flashback Summer continues as we revisit everyone’s favorite little sister. Becca and Katelyn joined us to discuss Beverly Cleary’s classic Ramona and Her Mother. Relive the thrill of squeezing out an entire tube of toothpaste and the tragedy of a bad haircut! Listen to this while making a tasty gelatine salad for your next dinner party.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Ramona TV series on YouTube

The Ageless Appeal of Beverly Cleary by Pamela Paul

10 Facts About Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Books

Candy Pairing: Becca says gummy bears, Kait says generic hard candy,  Katelyn says dinner mints, Renata says Jello salad.

Coming up next: Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 102 – Ramona and Her Mother

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Episode 101 – The Ghost in The Third Row

The Ghost in the Third Row by Bruce Coville

We’re launching our third Flashback Summer with one of Kait’s most formative childhood books. Author Becky Allen (@allreb) joined us to discuss The Ghost in the Third Row by Bruce Coville, a middle-grade mystery that’s aged surprisingly well, much like a slightly haunted historic theater. Join us for a tween theatrical drama with a higher body count and more satisfying emotional resolution than the Phantom of the Opera!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Ten Books that Terrified Us As Kids (But We Read Them Anyway)

Candy Pairing: Becky says Choward’s violet mints, Kait says yogurt covered raisins,  Renata says Dots.

Coming up next: Ramona and her Mother by Beverly Cleary.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 101 – The Ghost in the Third Row

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading The Ghost in the Third Row by Bruce Coville. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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Episode 100 – Ready Player One

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

It’s our 100th episode! Kait, Renata, and their editor Becca have been studying up on our bad book trivia for years to be able to process Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. This has been one of our most-requested books over the years, so we weren’t surprised when it won our listener poll for the 100th episode. We were surprised by how it was almost exactly like all the parodies of it we saw on Twitter. Thanks to all our listeners for helping us make it to 100 episodes! We love you all so much we want to stand in your yards and play this episode on a boombox.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: John Mulaney explains Back to the Future

The 6 Most Absurd Product Placements in Video Game History

Monster Factory: The Boy Mayor of Second Life

Monster Factory: Second Life, Second Chances

DM’s Deep Dive: D&D Economics

Grandma Shirley Plays Skyrim

Candy pairing:  Becca says Skittles, Kait says Airheads,  Renata says the description of a sugar molecule.

Coming up next: The Ghost in the Third Row by Bruce Coville.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 100 – Ready Player One

Here’s what we suggest instead of/in addition to reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Listen to the podcast to hear us talk about some of these titles in more depth!

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