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About Chelsey Philpot

Chelsey Philpot, former editorial assistant of The Horn Book Guide, is the author of the YA novel Even in Paradise.

A Second Look: The Long Life of a Mockingbird


To make a Tequila Mockingbird, chill your martini glass and cocktail shaker in the freezer. After half an hour, remove the shaker,  throw in a handful of ice, one and a half ounces of tequila, three quarters of an ounce creme de menthe, and the juice of one lime. Shake vigorously, pour into a chilled […]

The Perks of Being a Wallflower movie review

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The long-awaited movie version of Stephen Chbosky’s 1999 novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Summit Entertainment, October 2012; PG-13) celebrates the 90s, the mix tape, friendship, love, and the benefits both of observing life and participating in it. What could have been cloying is in fact a sensitive coming-of-age film. And though there are […]

What Makes a Good YA Road Trip Novel?

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“All I wanted was to go somewheres; all I wanted was a change.” And with this simple statement, the chain of events leading to Huck Finn’s trip down the Mississippi River begins. Mark Twain published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn one hundred and twenty-five years ago this February, but Huck’s adventures with Jim — the […]

Alice in Wonderland film adaptation

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Tim Burton has played a trick on movie-goers. His latest movie may be called Alice in Wonderland, but Lewis Carroll’s nineteenth-century classic it is not. Burton’s cinematic spin on Carroll’s books, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Saw There, features a teenage Alice, a dictatorial Red Queen, a Cheshire cat […]