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Ep 56 Shady Gum; or Ballet Shoes

Ep 56 Shady Gum; or Ballet Shoes

Happy World Theatre Day! We’re celebrating this week with the seminal classic Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild. Are the Fossil girls precursors to the Royal Tenenbaums? And there HAS to be some shady shit going on with Gum, right? Plus, our pandemic update, trying to find some good in it, #firstworldsuburbanproblems and Jess gets down with the kids on TikTok Thanks for listening! Hey, if you’ve been enjoying our show, please share it, tweet it, tell your friends and enemies….

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Ep 54 Don’t Be Poor & Irish!; or Under the Hawthorn Tree

Ep 54 Don’t Be Poor & Irish!; or Under the Hawthorn Tree

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! No shenanigans here this week, we’ve got economic hardships and rampant sickness. Is it a modern novel?? No, we’re back in 1845 Ireland, by way of 1990’s Under the Hawthorn Tree by Marita Conlon-McKenna. It’s a wild journey through the Irish countryside during the famine, with the poor O’Driscoll kids. It’ll make you want to drown their sorrows in a Guinness, that’s for sure. But it’s not all doom and gloom! Jess and Steven recount their…

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Ep 43 Washington Fawns All Over Dick; or Dare Boys of 1776

Ep 43 Washington Fawns All Over Dick; or Dare Boys of 1776

This week we read the Dare Boys of 1776 by S.A.D. Cox. And it’s a lot. Lots of dick jokes! Lots of strangling! Lots of Brits running away! Lots of Hamilton references! Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Birthday to Steven! Happy annoyingly stilted dialogue book day!  Thanks for listening! Hey, if you’ve been enjoying our show, please share it, tweet it, tell your friends and enemies. Word of mouth is the best way podcasts grow, and we would really appreciate it! Rate…

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Ep 42 Steven Gets His Revenge; or The Stainless Steel Rat

Ep 42 Steven Gets His Revenge; or The Stainless Steel Rat

This week we meet possibly the most conceited protagonist we’ve had yet! Ol’ Slippery Jim DeGriz, in Harry Harrison’s The Stainless Steel Rat. There are lots of explosions, misogyny, chicanery, and SO MUCH PAPER in the future! Thanks for listening! Hey, if you’ve been enjoying our show, please share it, tweet it, tell your friends and enemies. Word of mouth is the best way podcasts grow, and we would really appreciate it! Rate and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and all…

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Ep 41 How Do You Pronounce a Planet Like Margrathea?; or Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Ep 41 How Do You Pronounce a Planet Like Margrathea?; or Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Cause Jess sure as hell doesn’t know! This week we read Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy!  We meet Gandalf Ted Danson, and discuss the movie and stage adaptations. And did Adams predict Kindles, Google, and the Trump presidency???  Hope you read the title to the tune of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria! Gizmodo article w/ Neil Gaiman chapters about the stage productions and movie: https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-stage-play-that-almost-made-douglas-adams-panic-5377393 Thanks for listening! Hey, if you’ve been enjoying our show, please…

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Ep 40 Whizbang Mom Delight; or How To Eat Fried Worms

Ep 40 Whizbang Mom Delight; or How To Eat Fried Worms

We’ve got a tasty episode this week with Thomas Rockwell’s How to Eat Fried Worms! We celebrate Skyfox Day, and Steven gives us a dramatic reading of the most action-packed scene of the book, and tells us about an action-packed moment of his own life. And what does everyone eat 1.6 ounces of a year? Find out this week on Fighting Over the Card Catalog! Thanks for listening! Hey, if you’ve been enjoying our show, please share it, tweet it,…

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Ep 37 Buns and Puns

Ep 37 Buns and Puns

This week we delve into the delightful Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe. We get animal heavy on this episode, with a super punny murder plot, our party ruining dog, and all sorts of cat shenanigans with feline fashion, therapy, and inebriation.  We’ve started a Facebook Group! Come be an OG member and join in and start some discussions! Thanks for listening! Hey, if you’ve been enjoying our show, please share it, tweet it, tell your friends and enemies. Word of…

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Ep 36 Is Mary Downing Hahn an X-Man?

Ep 36 Is Mary Downing Hahn an X-Man?

Another ghost story with Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn. Steven was SO excited. We talk about graveyards and adventures in the woods. And is Steven learning magic? We’ve started a Facebook Group! Come be an OG member and join in and start some discussions! Thanks for listening! Hey, if you’ve been enjoying our show, please share it, tweet it, tell your friends and enemies. Word of mouth is the best way podcasts grow, and we would really appreciate…

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Ep 35 Ghost Fight!

Ep 35 Ghost Fight!

We begin this week by going slightly off the rails into baby showers and Chik-Fil-A. But we get back on track for Christina’s Ghost by Betty Ren Wright, our most controversial book yet! At least between the two of us. In the book we deal with grumpy uncles, big old houses, missing stamps, and scary ghosts. As it turns out, Steven gets pretty mad about ghosts! So we get deep into paranormal discourse. Could ghosts be real? Why do people…

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Ep 32 Fifth Grade is a Hellscape

Ep 32 Fifth Grade is a Hellscape

Our new least favorite book! So much fat shaming, so many just truly terrible people. Yet a lot of people seem to really like Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade by Barthe DeClements. We are bewildered.  Plus math anxiety! Yay! Also, we’ve started a Facebook Group! Come be an OG member and join in and start some discussions! Thanks for listening! Hey, if you’ve been enjoying our show, please share it, tweet it, tell your friends and enemies. Word of mouth is…

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