Back when I wrote reviews for Film Fisher, I had to pick which actors to “tag” in any particular film. The first review I wrote was for Short Term 12. When I posted it, I mulled over who I should tag. As the star, Brie Larson was an obvious choice — her career since has justified that instinct. Keith Stanfield (a.k.a, Lakeith Stanfield) got some big moments in the movie, so I put him in there, too, as well as Kaitlyn Dever, who hasn’t gone on to do much of note.
If you scan the credits for Short Term 12, you’ll find one big name I left off my list. I say “big” because he just won the Oscar for Best Actor.
Yeah, it’s Rami Malek. Whups.
Megan Whalen Turner, author of the excellent Queen’s Thief series, included a list of recommended books at the end of one of her novels. It’s easy, she says, to find lists of new books for young readers, harder to find lists of old. Her recommendations address that imbalance. I’m a sucker for recommendations and for lists of books, so I’ve reproduced MWT’s work here:
- The Eagle of the Ninth, Rosemary Sutcliff
- Warrior Scarlet, Rosemary Sutcliff
- Blood Feud, Rosemary Sutcliff
- Knight’s Fee, Rosemary Sutcliff
- Puck of Pook’s Hill, Rudyard Kipling
- The Enchanted Castle, E. Nesbit
- The Story of the Treasure Seekers, E. Nesbit
- The Railway Children, E. Nesbit
- Half Magic, Edward Eager (a favorite)
- Magic By the Lake, Edward Eager
- Seven Day Magic, Edward Eager
- Knight’s Castle, Edward Eager
- The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Joan Aiken (another favorite)
- Black Hearts in Battersea, Joan Aiken
- Midnight is a Place, Joan Aiken
- Go Saddle the Sea, Joan Aiken
- The Green Knowe series, L. M. Boston
- The Return of the Twelves, Pauline Clarke
- Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Time, Jane Louise Curry
- The Perilous Guard, Elizabeth Marie Pope
- The Sherwood Ring, Elizabeth Marie Pope
- The Changes trilogy, Peter Dickinson
- The Princess and Curdie, George MacDonald
- The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald
- Moccasin Trail, Eloise Jarvis McGraw
- Little Britches, Ralph Moody
- Minnow on the Say, Philippa Pearce
- Tom’s Midnight Garden, Philippa Pearce
- The Ides of April, Mary Ray
- The Dark is Rising, Susan Cooper
- Three on the Run, Nina Bawden
- Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne
- Playing Beatrice Bow, Ruth Park
- The Crime of Martin Coverly, Leonard Wibberly
- A Chance Child, Jill Patton Walsh
Today I learned that people in the Netherlands open their car doors differently than we do here in the States.
A little bit of tid for you on this Sunday morning.
Head over to Theopolis to read my interview with the best kids’ Bible songster out there.
Those who followed the Theopolis conversation re: Christians, psychology, and Zen Buddhism (plus the good ole cenobites) might be interested in this recent post. I haven’t read any Merton, so I can’t comment on it with any authority.