“The Queen Bee and Me” is not only about a young girl who is a “queen bee,” but it is also about actual queen bees and other sorts of bees, too. This book reminded me that one of the (many) things I love about reading is the opportunity to accidentally learn about something you thought you h…

Frances Hardinge’s young-adult fantasy “A Face Like Glass” takes ideas from fairy tales and twists them into an exciting story of the fight against elitism, the struggle to fix systemic inequality and the intricacies of making magical cheese.

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As I get older and pass one parenting milestone after another — my 15-year-old soon-to-be-driving son is as tall as I am now — I often wish I could talk to my parents. They both died too young, and I wish that I could ask their advice, but more importantly, thank them for the sacrifices they…

The 21-gun salutes, flag plantings and ceremonies will mostly be missing from the first national holiday of the ongoing pandemic. So today, we’re bringing the moving words to you. Author, Marine Corps veteran and retired educator Ray Elliott of rural Urbana shared with The News-Gazette the text of a speech he delivered at last May’s Veteran’s Assistance Commission Memorial Day Ceremony at the Champaign County Courthouse.

Director Quentin Dupieux’s script is smart in the way it subtly shows how a descent into madness is a slow progression, a sequence of inconsequential acts that seem logical to the person doing them yet culminate in what outsiders regard as madness.

The World War II era remains one of the most popular settings for historical fiction. The facts of the conflict are familiar, allowing readers to sink into the story without much scene-setting or exposition, and there were plenty of heroic deeds committed by ordinary people fighting the Nazi…