Daylight Saving Time (yes, it’s “Saving,” not “Savings”) begins this Sunday, which means we’ll get… Read More
March 7, 2014
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March 6, 2014
…some Book Club staffers have dished all—about who they believe is their true literary doppelganger! This week we asked some of our crew to tell us which character they truly identify with.
Meg Murry (Heather Scott)
From her glasses to her loyalty, Meg Murry of A Wrinkle in Time is me in a book. I can relate to everything about her: she’s smart (though not as bright as other people in her family), cautiously daring, slightly awkward, protective of her siblings, and brave when it really matters. And while I’ll never tesser, I’d like to believe I could handle that too.
Junie B. Jones. (Caitlin Casey)
When I was visiting our Book Fair division in Florida, one of my colleagues said I was like a grown-up version of Junie B. Jones. I try to always be enthusiastic and smiling, and since I am usually wearing different-colored socks, I think this makes me a pretty good candidate. Being called Junie B.’s grown-up self has to be one of the best compliments I have ever received!
Alice McKinley (Annie Miller)
Alice McKinley from Phyllis Reynold Naylor’s Alice series is, without question, my character doppelganger. We’re both quirky, occasionally awkward girls who sometimes speak before we think—and are pretty awesome at making embarrassing, unimportant mistakes (that we try to laugh off). I spent much of my childhood relating to her stories and having those goofy achingly Alice teenage moments. We’re also incredibly close with our families and are lucky to have friends we know will always be by our side. Oh, and our families only refer to us by our nicknames (except when mad—then it’s the full name). Plus we both had a “Sylvia Summers,” an amazing English teacher who had a positive influence.
Ralph (Joey Azoulai)
If I were a children’s book character, I would be Ralph from The Mouse and the Motorcycle. We’ve both learned how to ride a motorcycle by crashing into garbage cans. Like Ralph, I pack a lot of courage into a small size, sometimes at the expense of smarts.
February 21, 2013