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Reading During Recess

Welcome to the YA and Children's Book Podcast (for Adults)! Our show is hosted by two book enthusiasts: a writer (Sarah Hansen) and a teacher (Terri La Rue). Together, we are rereading and discussing the books that shaped us. If you’ve ever wondered which Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants character you are, why horse girls get so many books written about them, or how Stuart Little's human mother gave birth to a mouse, then this is the show for you. Join us as we relive childhood, one book at a time. New episodes every other week!

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"The House on Mango Street" by Sandra Cisneros (with Sonya Lara!)

Sandra Cisneros's debut novel is a modern classic of Chicano literature. The story follows Esperanza Cordero, a 12-year-old Mexican-American girl living in a Latinx neighborhood in Chicago. Cisneros's writing is alive with the magic of poetry and empathy. In celebration of our tenth episode, we are joined by Sonya Lara, a Mexican-American writer from Chicago who has wonderful insights into the book. If you like the show, please rate, review, subscribe, and/or recommend us to a friend!  https://linktr.ee/Readingduringrecess Find our show on Twitter and Instagram @reading_recess Find Sarah on Twitter @sarahebba25 and on Instagram @sarahebba Find Terri on Twitter @TerriCLaRue and on Instagram @tc_larue Email us at readingduringrecesspod@gmail.com Find Sonya Lara at https://www.sonyalara.com/ Read Sonya’s new essay in AGNI, “Broken Lines,” here: https://agnionline.bu.edu/essay/broken-lines

1hr 14mins

14 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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"The Giver" by Lois Lowry

Join us for a discussion of Lois Lowry’s award-winning 1993 book, "The Giver," which went on to become the blueprint for dystopian YA. The book remains adored by kids and teens today, despite being one of the most banned books of the 1990s. We also talk about the unfortunate 2014 movie version of “The Giver” that even Taylor Swift couldn’t make good, as well as our thoughts on the novel's infamously ambiguous ending.  If you enjoy the show, please rate, review, and subscribe! It helps other people find our podcast! Find our show on Twitter and Instagram @reading_recess Find Sarah on Twitter @sarahebba25 and on Instagram @sarahebba Find Terri on Twitter @TerriCLaRue and on Instagram @tc_larue Email us at readingduringrecesspod@gmail.com https://linktr.ee/Readingduringrecess

1hr 6mins

30 Jun 2021

Rank #2

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"Harriet the Spy" by Louise Fitzhugh

Louise Fitzhugh's classic book about an 11-year-old busybody has delighted children and disturbed adults since its publication in 1964. If you're a fan of tomato sandwiches, gossip, and/or queer subtext, then this episode is for you. 

1hr 12mins

9 Jun 2021

Rank #3

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"One Crazy Summer" by Rita Williams-Garcia

Rita Williams-Garcia’s 2010 novel about the Black Panthers is a middle-grade masterpiece. The book follows three black sisters (Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern) as they visit their estranged mother in Oakland in 1968. Upon arriving in California, the girls learn their mother is a poet and a member of the Black Panther Party. In our episode, we discuss what makes this book so brilliant and how, by focusing on the Black Panthers, it fills a gaping hole in children’s literature. We also bust some myths about the Black Panthers and explore how this book serves as an antidote to sanitized and inaccurate stories of the Civil Rights Movement.  If you enjoy the show, please rate, review, and subscribe! It helps other people find our podcast! Find our show on Twitter and Instagram @reading_recess Find Sarah on Twitter @sarahebba25 and on Instagram @sarahebba Find Terri on Twitter @TerriCLaRue and on Instagram @tc_larue Email us at readingduringrecesspod@gmail.com

1hr 3mins

25 May 2021

Rank #4

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"Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" by Judy Blume

Our discussion of Judy Blume’s classic and controversial book, “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” (1970) is here! If you’ve ever wondered why conservatives hate this novel, why fictional tween girls want their periods so badly, or how to make new friends in the suburbs (hint: dress cute and mind your own business), then this episode is for you. What a scream!  Content Warning: This episode discusses weight and body shaming.  If you enjoy the show, please rate, review, and subscribe! It helps other people find our podcast! Find our show on Twitter and Instagram @reading_recess Find Sarah on Twitter @sarahebba25 and on Instagram @sarahebba Find Terri on Twitter @TerriCLaRue and on Instagram @tc_larue Email us at readingduringrecesspod@gmail.com

1hr 10mins

12 May 2021

Rank #5

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"Stuart Little" by E.B. White

E.B. White's weirdest children's book, Stuart Little, was originally published in 1945 and went on to become a contemporary classic. But what is this book really about? Why does a human woman give birth to a mouse-boy? Why is this mouse-boy so smug? And why was this book so controversial when it was originally published? Our episode debunks some of the most pervasive myths about this story. For example, did you know that Stuart Little is not actually a mouse? It's shocking but true. Listen to find out more.

1hr 19mins

27 Apr 2021

Rank #6

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"When My Name Was Keoko" by Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park's 2002 historical fiction novel, "When My Name Was Keoko," is set in Japanese-occupied Korea during World War II and follows a Korean family as they cope with wartime oppression. It's a beautiful novel that is full of rich language and thoughtful character development. Our episode discusses parallels between US imperial history and Japanese imperial history, the importance of reading historical books that are not eurocentric, and why Terri is a Linda Sue Park stan.  Content Warning: This episode discusses sexual assault.  If you enjoy the show, please rate, review, and subscribe! We're a new show, so every rating, review, and subscription helps other readers find our podcast. Find our show on Twitter and Instagram @reading_recess Find Sarah on Twitter @sarahebba25 and on Instagram @sarahebba Find Terri on Twitter @TerriCLaRue and on Instagram @tc_larue Email us at readingduringrecesspod@gmail.com

1hr 1min

20 Apr 2021

Rank #7

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"Tuck Everlasting" by Natalie Babbitt

It’s time to talk about one of Sarah’s favorite books of all time: Natalie Babbit’s Tuck Everlasting. We discuss whether Winnie Foster is an ecofeminist heroine, why the book is so much better than the movie, and whether drinking from the fountain of youth is okay IF a really cute boy asks you to do it. If you enjoy the show, please rate and subscribe! It helps other readers find our podcast. Find our show on Twitter and Instagram @reading_recess Find Sarah on Twitter @sarahebba25 and on Instagram @sarahebba Find Terri on Twitter @TerriCLaRue and on Instagram @tc_larue Email us at readingduringrecesspod@gmail.com

59mins

13 Apr 2021

Rank #8

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"ttyl" by Lauren Myracle

In our second episode, we discuss Lauren Myracle’s popular and controversial YA novel, ttyl. The novel was written entirely in instant messages (circa 2004), and its language and sexual content has made it one of the most banned books of the 2000s. Woo! But underneath all that controversy is an entertaining and innovative story about teen friendship. We talk about the dreaded return of low rise jeans, the differences between texting and IMing, and how to determine whether you are a Maddie, a Zoe, or an Angela.  Trigger Warning: This episode discusses grooming and revenge porn.  If you enjoy the show, please rate and subscribe! It helps other readers find our podcast.  Find our show on Twitter and Instagram @reading_recess Find Sarah on Twitter @sarahebba25 and on Instagram @sarahebba Find Terri on Twitter @TerriCLaRue and on Instagram @tc_larue Email us at readingduringrecesspod@gmail.com

1hr 15mins

12 Apr 2021

Rank #9

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"Matilda" by Roald Dahl

In our first episode, we discuss Roald Dahl's children's classic, Matilda! We explore why this book has remained so popular since it was originally published in 1988 (spoiler: kids love weird stories). We also discuss the messiness of Dahl's legacy, how the Dursleys are knockoffs of the the Wormwoods, and why Miss Honey was the original Tiny House Hunter. Terri does her British accent. Our apologies to any actual British people who are listening. If you enjoy the show, please rate and subscribe! It helps other readers find our podcast. Find our show on Twitter and Instagram @reading_recess Find Sarah on Twitter @sarahebba25 and on Instagram @sarahebba Find Terri on Twitter @TerriCLaRue and on Instagram @tc_larue Email us at readingduringrecesspod@gmail.com

44mins

12 Apr 2021

Rank #10