What blog posts have you enjoyed this week? My picks:

Claire In Africa — Part One
Posted by FiveChapters

I just stumbled on this site today and thought readers would enjoy it—FiveChapters publishes a short story in five parts every week. This week, they're serializing Emily St. John Mandel's "Claire in Africa." I haven't had a chance to read the story yet, but I enjoyed our Q&A with St. John Mandel and review of her latest novel, The Singer's Gun ("a nail-biting thriller overflowing with high-stakes issues such as blackmail, theft, fraud and human trafficking"). Plus, the five-part short story is a great idea. I'll definitely be bookmarking FiveChapters, especially because a James Hynes story is up next week.

Review: The Giver, by Lois Lowry (mother and son joint review)
Posted by Read React Review

In this post, blogger Jessica reviews Lois Lowry's classic YA novel The Giver along with her 10-year-old son. Jessica asks her son questions like, "How would you describe this book to someone your age who has not read it?", and their exchange is both funny and a perfect intro to the book. (In fact, I read The Giver as a fourth grader myself, and I would have loved to revisit my first reaction to the novel.) Have you and your son or daughter ever read a book together and held a discussion? Have any tips for a parent-child book club? Leave us tips in the comments section.

Also, although Lowry is best known for The Giver and Number the Stars, she has written many other books. (Anyone remember the Anastasia series?) Most recently, she wrote The Birthday Ball. Click here to view BookPage's Lowry archives.

How to Dress Like Nancy Drew
Posted by A Novel Idea

It's Friday so I thought I'd post something fun—and what's more fun than Nancy Drew? If you think you channel the Girl Detective, you have to check out this guide to getting her outfit from the cover of The Hidden Staircase. I am always looking out for my next literary Halloween costume. . . this might be it! Do you have a favorite character costume?

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