Games – CYAPodcast

Category: Games

Overwhelmingly Good: Indi Reviews

Jenny: “Meditation is an Open Sky: Mindfulness for Kids” by Whitney Stewart and Sally Rippin
Karl: “Infinite Loop” an app game
Adrienne: “Peaky Blinders” Wikipedia entry of the BBC television show available on Netflix

Game Time: Name That Title: Beginning or End

CYA: Children and Young Adult Book Review Podcast

In which we play another game. Yay! Name That Title: Beginning or End; or Everyone vs Adrienne. Emily, Jenny, Cathie Sue, and Kelly get to choose a hint from the beginning or end of a title. They get two chances and discover this is a much harder and Adrienne is evil.

Producers note: please excuse the audio. Volume by participants ranges from soft to cheering. Adjust accordingly.

Game Time: Name That Title: Random Words


In which we play a game called, Name That Title: Random Words! Emily, Jenny, Cathie Sue, and Kelly have to guess the title from two words picked randomly from the title. If they give me the title they get two points, if they need help, they get the author clue, for one point.

Shout it out if you know them.

Let the games begin!

Producers note: please excuse the audio. Volume by participants ranges from soft to cheering. Adjust accordingly.

“Keeping It Real” Indi Reviews

Yeah, we keep it real, yo. Our individual reviews for your ear bones.

“Jupiter Pirates: Hunt for the Hydra” by Jason Fry
“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” board game
“Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon In Two” by Catherynne Valente
“Man Made Boy” by Jon Skovron

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

“A Tangle of Knots” by Lisa Graff

A Tangle of Knots

A written review by Jenny

This book is a puzzle/story that is revealed as you read the book. Eleven year old Cadie is an orphan and lives in Poughkeepsie, NY in a world where everyone has a ‘talent’.  Cadie innately knows the perfect flavor of cake for a person.

Cadie’s adventures start when she is adopted and goes to live in a boarding house over a luggage emporium. She is unknowingly connected to every person that stays there: a family with three spirited kids, one whose talent is spitting exactly where he wants, a woman who has lost the ability to speak, a loner and a very grouchy owner.  A man in a gray suit makes several appearances and “knows more about the world than he’s letting on.”

Younger readers will need to read carefully to stay on top of the multiple viewpoints. I found this a thoroughly delightful read, crying and laughing along with the escapades of the well developed and loveable characters. The action moves along quickly as Graff knits the threads of the lives of each character into a satisfying whole.  Each chapter begins with a cake recipe relating to the character the chapter is about. The author has baked these cakes and recipes are also on her website, (One is called Zane’s Garlic Cake?)  And, oh–a turquoise suitcase plays and important role in this book.

Ready Player One or, GAME OVER, MAN! GAME OVER!

“Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline (author website)

All recommendations are on the CYA Podcast Pinterest board
Cathie Sue
Guest: Scott Freeman

“Never Fall Down” by Patricia McCormick

6 PB Reviews:

  • “Z is for Moose” by Kelly Bingham, illus by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • “Chloe and the Lion” by Mac Barnett, illus by Adam Rex
  • “The Wind That Wanted to Rest” by Sheldon Oberman, Neil Waldman and Peninnah Schram
  • “Boy + Bot” by Ame Dyckman, illus by Dan Yaccarino
  • “Yes, Yes Yaul” by Jef Czekaj
  • “Let’s Go Baby-O” by Janet and Andrew McLean



Cloaked by Alex Flinn

Cloaked by Alex Flinn (author website)

Elves and the Shoemaker
The Frog Prince
The Six Swans
The Golden Bird
The Valiant Little Tailor
The Salad
The Fisherman and His Wife

Grimm Stories has some of the tales here

Read Alikes

Modern Witches Guide to Cooking with Children by Keith McGowan, grades 5 – 8
Scribblies is a writers group with Emma Bull. The story Karl is citing is Jack the Giant-Killer by Charles de Lint. It’s easiest to find now in the volume called Jack Of Kinrowan, which puts it together with the sequel, Drink Down The Moon (

The series is just called The Fairy Tales Series, and you can see a listing of the books here:


Roll Call Questions

What author created a world so appealing you wanted to live there?

Manic Pixie Dream Girl
Mary Sue

Cathie Sue
Graveminder by Melissa Marr
Mastiff by Tamora Pierce – book 3 of the Beka Cooper series
Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry – book 2 of the Rot & Ruin series
You Don’t Know About Me by Brian Meehl
Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard

Local hardware stores for art supplies

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin with videos
Forger’s Spell by Ed Dolnick
Codex Alera by Jim Butcher – 5 book series
Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff

The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger
L.A. Story (movie) with Steve Martin

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Game of Thrones on HBO
So You Think You Can Dance -Fox
Playaway View
Mugglefest: The Last Chapter – Norman Public Library
48 Hour Book Challenge by MotherReader
Interactive Fiction – text-based games, archive, and history

Upcoming Books
I Am J by Cris Beam
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
6 Children’s Books

Red Glove or, The Devil Inside

Red Glove by Holly Black

Red Glove by Holly Black (author’s website)

Roll Call Question:
What children/young adult blogs do you read?

American Indian’s in Children’s Literature
Bookshelves of Doom

Oklahoma 2011 Sequoyah Winners and 2012 Masterlists


Cathie Sue
Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Mermaids are the new trend, here, here and here.
Ripple by Mandy Hubbard
Green Money by Not Holly Black

Dr. Who (BBC)
IPhone Nike +GPS app

Echo Bazaar (online game)
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly and playlist
Weeding your collection (see Space Between Trees entry)

List of best written and acted TV Shows