Books by Brett Helquist
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Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.
Blue Balliett is the author of two novels for children. Her latest, The Wright 3, is a detective story that takes place in a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Balliett graduated from Brown University with a degree in art history. She lives with her family and cats in Chicago.
Shakespeare, Melville, Woolf and Poe are just some of the authors subtly name-dropped in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Here, our guide to the most notable literary and cinematic allusions mentioned in the series.
We have prepared a quiz so you can brush up on your Snicketology — especially the characters who make return appearances in this last Lemony volume. If you pass, you are ready to begin The End.
Day to Day book editor Karen Grigsby Bates bolsters her on-air summer reading recommendations with this extended list.
Lemony Snicket, a.k.a. Daniel Handler, gained a dedicated following of young readers with his darkly funny A Series of Unfortunate Events books. Now the Baudelaire orphans have made the big screen. Handler tells NPR's Michele Norris about his own childhood fears and adult apprehensions.