A Wizard of Earthsea, Chapter 6: Hunted

Sparrowhawk has defeated several dragons so what’s next?

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A Wizard of Earthsea, Chapter 5: The Dragon of Pendor

So kids, what do we think so far of our dear Sparrowhawk?  As he sets out of Roke, what will become of him outside of it’s protection?  What do you think of this new, unsure Sparrowhawk?  And who’s excited for some dragons?!

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A Wizard of Earthsea, Chapter 3: The School for Wizards

Before there was Hogwarts, there was the School for Wizards on the island of Roke. What do you think of the town of Thwil? What do you think of Jasper and Vetch? How about the archmage’s raven? And, what do you think of all of the things he’s learning at Wizard school? Would you be as frustrated with the curriculum as young Sparrowhawk is? Do you think he will heed the warnings he’s been given?

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A Wizard of Earthsea: Meet the Author

As you may know, Ursula K. Le Guin died in January of this year at the age of 88. Over the next few weeks, I thought I would post a small round up of links and videos so that we can get to know the author and the influence that she’s had on the world. First up is the video of Le Guin’s acceptance of National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014. This video is only 6 minutes long, but in it she comments on why speculative fiction, fantasy and science fiction is important.


In the comments below, tell us why you think science fiction and fantasy are worth reading. What have they brought to your life? Why do you keep coming back to these genres?

A Wizard of Earthsea, Chapter 2: The Shadow

Welcome to the second discussion thread for A Wizard of Earthsea! This is for chapter 2 of the book! What do you think of Ogion the Silent? What do you think of magic in Earthsea? There are only been two women in the book so far, the witch in the village and the little girl? What do you think of them?


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A Wizard of Earthsea, Chapter 1: Warriors in the Mist

Welcome to our first summary post for a Wizard of Earthsea! I am so excited, I want to dive right in! We want to hear your thoughts! What do you think about the characters? The world we’ve just been introduced to? Do you like books/series/worlds that include their own map? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!


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Read Along with Us: A Wizard of EarthSea by Ursula K. Le Guin



Join us for the next five weeks and read a Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. This is a short novel about Sparrowhawk, a young man who becomes a wizard. It’s listed as being for grade levels 7-9. It is a classic and I am so very excited to share this reading experience with all of you! We will post two summary discussion posts a week, starting Wednesday! The posts will be on Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be other posts related to the reading on other days. If you’re not reading with us, and are worried about spoilers, we’ll keep them behind a cut! (Also, if you’re not reading with us, you can look forward to other reviews, as I have a backlog of at least three things to review.)


March: Discussion Part 4

9781603093958_p0_v6_s192x300Today is the last day of February and as such the last day of our group read of John Lewis’ March. Were you able to finish all three volumes of March?  What are your final observations?  What will you take away from John Lewis’ story?  I was really moved by his story but it also illustrated my own privilege.  There are many small things that I have taken for granted. Obviously, I was raised in a different time and place but I’ve never had to worry about where I had to sit on a bus or be concerned about what truck stops to stops at when traveling with my family.  My life would never be threatened because I wanted to register vote.  Even now,. as more and more states tighten of voting laws, I don’t feel that my constitutional rights will be threatened but I do worry for minorities and marginalized groups having their rights stripped away.  We have not come as far as we think we have.  Old prejudice are hard die and I worry about how much farther we will fall back.  It’s also makes me think about what I’m willing to go to jail for or willing to be beaten for.  I’m not really sure.  This year, I’ve already participated in my first protest march and have called my Congress representatives more then I have ever in the past.  I’m not sure I have the bravery of John Lewis and Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks and so many others.  I seriously hope that it won’t come to that.  That we will be able to keep our protest peaceful and those we opposed will to as well.  The importance of this book is so we don’t forget the mistakes of our past.  To remind all of us about our history so we are not doomed to repeat it.  Knowledge is truly power.