Monday, August 8, 2011

Our Fantastic Week Ahead: August 8

The Magician KingHappy Magicians' Week!  We're celebrating the release of Lev Grossman's novel The Magician King this week, and to do so, we have all sorts of exciting magicians-related content to share with you.

As many of you might know, The Magician King is the sequel to The Magicians, Grossman's 2009 novel about a boy named Quentin Coldwater, his love of a children's series of fantasy novels, and a school for magic in upstate New York.  It's a wonderful novel, and one that we highly recommend, so needless to say, we're excited about the sequel!

We got things started early last Friday with this post about the world outside of The Magicians--a world that blurs the line between our reality and the reality of the novel in clever, creative, and fun ways.  And we'll continue the fun this week in many ways--including a guest post from Lev Grossman himself!

This afternoon, we'll continue our look back at The Magicians with strategies for teaching the novel, as well as a discussion of some of the challenges students face when reading.  We'll also feature our own review of The Magician King this week, along with an interview with a real-life magician and a closer look at one of the series' main characters--Julia.

Of course, we will have other things as well, including some more midweek fiction and a look back at a favorite video game.  Quite a bit of fun, and we're excited to share it all with you!