Friday, May 28, 2010


You know how I love reading books in pairs. This week, due to heavy work deadlines, I'm sharing a few old favorites. Here are three book duets that are as fun and fascinating to read together as peanut butter and chocolate are to eat!

A LITTLE PRINCESS by Frances Hodgson Burnett and THE PRINCESS DIARIES by Meg Cabot: Whether a princess of wealth becomes common or a commoner discovers she's a princess, it's the strong heart of the girl underneath the scraps or silks that holds readers from cover to cover.

SHABANU: DAUGHTER OF THE WIND by Suzanne Fisher Staples and THREE CUPS OF TEA by Greg Mortenson (a nice teen reader edition of this book is also available): Poignant fiction and nonfiction portrayals of young Pakistani women. Staples has written two sequels to SHABANU--HAVELI and THE HOUSE OF DJINN--also great reads.

1984 by George Orwell and LITTLE BROTHER by Cory Doctorow: "Big Brother" totalitarianism explored through fiction in 1949 and 2008--fun to see the real and imagined technologies and political landscapes as depicted by two powerful thinkers and writers. And check out Doctorow's new YA title, FOR THE WIN, set in the world of Internet gaming.

Please let me know if you're interested in guest posting about a pair of favorite titles. Pick your Friday and send an email to stasiakehoe (at) msn (dot) com.

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