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Episode 106 – Hope Never Dies

Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer

We teamed up with Anna and Alene from Bellwether Friends, our BFP (best friend podcast), to read about our nation’s greatest BFFs, Joe Biden and Barack Obama. Unfortunately for us, Andrew Shaffer’s political RPF mystery Hope Never Dies turned out to be light on the friendship and heavy-handed on the opioid crisis. Listen to this episode on your next Amtrak trip!

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Footnotes: Watching President Obama Make a Bracelet for Joe Biden Gave Us Friendship Goals

18 Times Barack Obama And Joe Biden Were #FriendshipGoals

Obama and Biden are the ultimate crime-fighting team in ‘Hope Never Dies’

Stop, You’re Killing Me: List of Real People Mysteries

Fanfiction 101

Candy Pairing: Alene says a melted Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, Anna says a Waffle House pecan waffle, Kait says White House M&Ms, Renata says almond milk.

Coming up next: 4th Anniversary Spectacular!

 

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Episode 105 – Sunset Island

Sunset Island by Cherie Bennett

As the sun goes down on this year’s Flashback Summer, we pay a visit to Sunset Island by Cherie Bennet. We’re joined by Denise (@DezDono), editor of the Gailsone series and one of the few people who remembers this 90s Sweet Valley High knockoff series. Listen now to hear about the lifestyles of a secretly rich babysitter and her horny middle-class friends!

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Footnotes: TeenReads bio of Cherie Bennett

Candy Pairing: Denise says Pop Rocks, Kait says OUCH Bubble Gum, Renata says a melting milkshake.

Coming up next: Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer.

 

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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.

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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!

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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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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.

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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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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!

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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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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.

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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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Episode 99 – A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

Y’all know TFW you’re an extremely powerful faerie who has an important role to play in a war to save all of magic-kind, but you’re also extremely DTF? Meredith Goldstein (@MeredithGoldste), author and advice columnist for The Boston Globe’s Love Letters column and podcast, knows all about that feel, so we invited her to discuss A Court of Wings and Ruin, as well as the rest of Sarah J. Maas’s Court of Thorns and Roses YA fantasy series.  If you take a drink every time we mix up the titles of these books, then you probably won’t notice all the times we mess up the characters’ names!

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Footnotes: What Happened in A Court of Thorns and Roses?

What Happened in A Court of Mist and Fury?

“The Mate Rules” in Sarah J. Maas’s series

Candy pairing:  Kait says a bag of trail mix with gummy penises, Meredith says cotton candy, Renata says edible underwear.

Coming up next: Our 100th Episode – book TBD!

 

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Episode 98 – Unmasked

Unmasked by Andrew Lloyd Wbber

Kait and Renata decided that this podcast didn’t have enough musical theater references, so they invited their Jellicle friends Ashley and Stacey to read Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s memoir UnmaskedJoin us to learn more than we ever wanted to know about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s child bride, and not as much as Duarte wanted to know about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s cats. We apologize in advance for all the earworms.

Special note: Our 100th episode is coming up! Please vote on what we should read for the occasion.

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Footnotes: Renata’s Highly Subjective Audio-Visual Guide to the World of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber to quit House of Lords due to Brexit making his schedule ‘impossibly’ busy

Comedy Bang! Bang!: Andrew Lloyd Webber Rap

Comedy Bang! Bang!: John C. Reilly, Ice-T, & Andrew Lloyd Webber Call in from a Hot Air Balloon

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “MUSICAL; THEATRE” with guests THE BOTH (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo)

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? Episode 1

Candy pairing:  Ashley says Trolli Sour Brite Blasts, Kait says a themed Broadway cocktail in a souvenir sippy cup, Stacey says Riesens, Renata says sherbet lemons.

Coming up next: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas.

 

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Episode 97 – Wonder

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Renata, Kait, and their returning guest Angie decided to #ChooseKind and experience the wonder of Wonder by R. J. Palacio, a saccharine story of what some abled people could learn from spending time with a boy with craniofacial differences. It’s also the story of a boy’s inexplicable love of the Star Wars prequel trilogy.  Tune in now to get your recommended daily allowance of Inspirational Quotes!

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Footnotes: Review of Wonder, written by Mike Moody for Disability in KidLit

On Wonder by Mindy R.

What “Wonder” Gets Wrong About Disfigurement and Craniofacial Disorders by Ariel Henley

“I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much” by Stella Young

Children’s Craniofacial Association: About Treacher Collins Syndrome

Critics Question the Representation of Disability in ‘Wonder’ by Lauren Barack

About R. J. Palacio

Worst Bestsellers #2 – Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Candy pairing:  Angie says Werther’s Originals, Kait says McDonald’s apple slices,  Renata says sketchy charity candy.

Coming up next: Unmasked by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

 

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