WSIRN Ep 16: Fascinating premises in dystopian fiction with 12-year-old Grace Martin

WSIRN Ep 16: Fascinating premises in dystopian fiction with 12-year-old Grace Martin

It's Tuesday, which means a new episode of What Should I Read Next!

Today's guest is Grace Martin, a 12-year-old bibliophile who lives with her family outside Chicago. Grace loves Harry Potter, dystopian novels, and strong plotting and she’s incredibly well spoken about her taste in literature. I also chat a bit with Grace’s mom Lara about raising readers and helping kids choose good books for themselves.    

Grace Martin

Books discussed in this episode:

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Warriors Series by Erin Hunter
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Divergent by Veronica Roth
All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson
Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia by David Eagleman


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  1. Melissa H says:

    I discovered the Paper Magician series by Charlie N Holmberg last summer after the first book was featured on Kindle Firsts, I think Grace would enjoy them! I devoured all three, they are very well written and the plots are sound. The magical world these characters live in is unique and I found it to be well rounded without the author over-explaining the premise or the details of their environment.

    An author I love is Robin McKinley, she retells fairy tales with a twist. All of her books are rich with detail and her characters are incredibly well developed and nuanced. The plots are all familiar, of course, but she manages to build on those well known stories in an unexpected way. Spindle’s End is her version of Sleeping Beauty and I have read it at least five times, it is one of my top ten favorite books.

  2. Oh my Goodness! As a child, I was fascinated by the movie that was made of the Ray Bradbury short story, All Summer In A Day–it haunted me, and even into adulthood, I wondered what the book title was!! When I heard you describe it to Grace, I was floored because I finally knew the story name! The story wrecked me as a child, and made me so sad for the character, but I think I will still want to read this story–despite my avoidance of overly sad stories. Grace is so articulate and smart – this was a lovely podcast episode as always! Thanks for helping me discover a childhood story after so many years, Anne! 🙂

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