Why Harry Potter is the Best Young Adult and Children’s Series

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Gred and Forge. There, I said it.

Oh, you wanted more than that? Then turn to page 394. 😀

Harry Potter has a lot going for it. Action. Humor. Quidditch. But the core of what makes Harry Potter great is quality writing and storytelling. And we’re going to start with the writing.

Writing Quality

• Style

One of the best things about the series is its style. It isn’t weighted down by dull descriptions or dialogue that stretches on for pages. Instead, it’s light, slightly whimsical, and sarcastic at times, drawing you further into the story. Continue Reading

Time: My 4-H Short Story

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For everyone’s information, this was not the post I was planning to write. But at my mom’s somewhat passive aggressive nagging to get this blog up and started (love you, Mom 😉 ), this is what is happening.

Below is a story I wrote for both school and 4-H Creative Writing. If you’re feeling stressed out because you have a lot of things to do, or you simply feel like you don’t have enough time, I hope this will help.

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. —Matthew 6:34 (MSG) Continue Reading

The 5 Best Upgrades That Make Books Awesome

Best Book Upgrades
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All books are cool, but not all books are equal… Some of them have been upgraded. Here are five of the best book upgrades.

1. Maps

—Okay. I know what you’re thinking. LOTS of books have maps, especially in fantasy genres. That doesn’t cancel out the fact that they’re nifty and actually helpful. If you use a map right, you can basically predict the course of the story. Unless you’re reading on a Kindle. Then it will take approximately two years to flip from the page you’re on to the map and back again. Continue Reading


Willow Snug
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The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.  —Jane Austen

If you don’t think this quote is at least a little funny then you should probably stop reading now. This blog isn’t for you. But to everyone who is still reading, welcome to my new, first, and only blog, mes amis.

So… the dreaded introduction. Because most of you reading this already know all about me or don’t care (or both, maybe), I’ll keep this short and sweet. My name is Grace Batronis (Batronis—part Batman, part Patronus) and I’m old enough to use magic outside Hogwarts (i.e. seventeen.) My parents have homeschooled my brother and I since third grade and first grade, respectively. And now I’ve decided to start a blog. Continue Reading

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