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Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South, Part Three by Gene Luen Yang
Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle
Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel
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Country Matters by Michael Korda The Dashwood Sisters Tell All by Beth Pattillo Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Flaming Iguanas: An Illustrated All-Girl Road Novel Thing by Erika Lopez
The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring
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Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs
House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser and Jon Klassen
Inside Hudson Pickle by Yolanda Ridge
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert
Love, Penelope by Joanne Rocklin
Melena's Jubilee by Zetta Elliott and Aaron Boyd
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
The Once Upon a Time Map Book by B.G. Hennessy and Peter Joyce
Poisoned Pages by Lorna Barrett
Questions Asked by Jostein Gaarder
The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble
Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil, Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire
Spy on History: Victor Dowd and the World War II Ghost Army by Enigma Alberti
Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley
Thornhill by Pam Smy
Tim Ginger by Julian Hanshaw
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Winter Wonders by Kate Hannigan

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Favorites of the first half of 2018
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 02, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 09, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 16, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 23, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 30, 2018)
June 2018 Sources
June 2018 Summary

Road Essays
Are small towns uhoric or utopic?
An update on the road narrative reading
Road Narrative Spectrum
What isn't a road narrative: towards an ontological understanding of the road's importance

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The Once Upon a Time Map Book: 07/20/18

The Once Upon a Time Map Book

The Once Upon a Time Map Book by B.G. Hennessy and illustrated by Peter Joyce is a short picture book featuring maps of six classic children's fantasy books.

The maps themselves are very nicely done and manage to make tangible the dreamlike quality of Alice's journey through Wonderland. But they are just that, maps. In a picture book format, there's not much more to do than look — no scrolling in, no discussion on why the map was drawn in the shape it was. There is very little extra to go with these maps, basically no context.

My favorite of the maps was the one for Alice in Wonderland, because it reimagines the entirety of the book in relationship to the Red Queen's hedge maze. To understand the significance, though, one needs to know about Alice Little's background and the Victorian interest in hedge mazes, as none of that is included.

My least favorite map is the one for Oz. This map really isn't needed. There are maps that came with the original editions, including the flipping of East and West (which this map doesn't do, even though the lands are flipped as they should be.

I read this picture book as part of my road narrative project. I am in the process of re-reading the Oz series. I am also reading more recent pastiches of Oz, such as the Dorothy Must Die series. I wanted to see how one might go about mapping road narratives set in alternate worlds. The book did give me an idea of how to map the real and fantasy worlds of Labyrinth

Two stars

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