Series: SSR Podcast

Each week, freelance writer and lifelong bookworm Alli Hoff Kosik will challenge a guest to reread a literary throwback or to experience for the first time ever a book they may have missed as a kid. After that, they’ll be asked to spill all the feels and all the opinions about that book on the air for your podcast-listening pleasure. Every Tuesday, you can find us breaking down an old school read from our tween and teen days on a new episode of the show. We’ll cover everything from The Baby-Sitters Club to Holes, Nancy Drew to Harry Potter. This time around, we’re a little wiser (yay!), a lot older (ugh.), and of legal age to drink wine… so we’ll have a lot to say. Happy Reading!

Episode 123: The Cricket in Times Square

New Reads November is over… and we’re back to our usual literary throwback programming! On Episode 123, Alli and her guest take a walk down reading memory lane for a discussion about George Selden’s The Cricket in Times Square, which was published in 1960 and won a Newbery Honor in 1961. The book is a…

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Episode 122: You Should See Me in a Crown (New Reads November)

It’s the final week of New Reads November 2020! And we’re going out with a grand finale — a discussion about Leah Johnson’s much-buzzed debut, You Should See Me in a Crown. On Episode 122, Alli and her guest Jenny Lee talk about everything from prom and queer rep to anxiety and mean girls. You…

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Episode 121: Grown (New Reads November)

For Week Three of New Reads November, Alli and her guest dive into a discussion about TIffany D. Jackson’s latest YA novel, Grown. Published in September 2020, Grown tells the story of an aspiring singer named Enchanted Jones who is swept into the scary world of beloved superstar Korey Fields. It’s a commentary on power…

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Episode 120: Clap When You Land (New Reads November)

It’s week two of New Reads November 2020 and Alli and her guest are turning to Elizabeth Acevedo’s Clap When You Land (which just so happens to have been the most-requested title for New Reads November!). You don’t want to miss the conversation about this novel in verse, which addresses matters of identity, race, family,…

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Episode 119: The Voting Booth (New Reads November)

It’s the first episode of New Reads November 2020! Appropriately (since Episode 119 drops on Election Day), the first new YA title up for discussion for New Reads November is Brandy Colbert’s The Voting Booth. The Voting Booth chronicles a single Election Day from two perspectives — the politically passionate Marva and the quiet activist…

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Episode 118: Karen’s Witch (Baby-Sitters Little Sister #1)

For way too long, Alli underestimated one amazing character in the BSC world: Karen Brewer, AKA Kristy’s younger stepsister. Netflix’s 2020 adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club showed her just how amazing Karen is… and she’s thrilled to be turning the spotlight on her for Episode 118 and a discussion of Karen’s Witch. The first book…

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Episode 117: Meet Kirsten (American Girl)

It’s time for another American Girl deep dive! This time, the focus is pioneer girl Kirsten Larson — and Alli couldn’t have picked a better guest for this one. On Episode 117, she welcomes the ~queen~ of pop culture deep dives, Kate Kennedy from the Be There in Five podcast. Tune in to listen to…

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Episode 116: The View from Saturday

Every once in a while, Alli stumbles her way back to a book that tells her more than she ever could have expected about the kind of reader and writer she’s grown up to be… and The View from Saturday is one of them! On Episode 116, she and her guest take a close look…

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Episode 115: The BFG

Roald Dahl may be a beloved children’s author, but he’s also a problematic figure. Similarly, The BFG is a beloved children’s book… but it’s not without its problems and complexities. On Episode 115 of SSR, Alli and her guest Christina Hammonds Reed break down The BFG — from its magical use of language to its…

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Episode 114: The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events #1)

A conversation about Lemony Snicket’s beloved A Series of Unfortunate Events has been a long time coming… but it’s finally here! On Episode 114, Alli and her guest discuss the first book in the series, The Bad Beginning, which was published in 1999. Much of the conversation on the episode focuses on one core question:…

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