Books I Discovered This Week: 11/27/11-12/03/11

Adult Fiction420 Characters by Lou Beach After the Apocalypse: Stories by Maureen F. McHugh All Yours by Claudia Pineiro, translated by Miranda FranceThe Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai The Bone Doll's Twin (The Tamir Triad, #1) by Lynn FlewellingBook by Robert Grudin Diving Bells: And Other Stories by Lucy WoodDoc by Mary Doria RussellGalore … Continue reading Books I Discovered This Week: 11/27/11-12/03/11

Books I Discovered This Week: 11/13/11-11/19/11

Adult FictionAmerican Stories by Calvin Trillin Beauvallet by Georgette Heyer The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven GallowayThe Crimson Petal and the White by Michel FaberThe Horse of Selene by Jaunita Casey The Informationist by Taylor StevensThe Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson Little, Big, Fantasy Masterworks #5 by John CrowleyMy Name is Red by Orhan PamukNo One … Continue reading Books I Discovered This Week: 11/13/11-11/19/11

Books I Discovered This Week: 11/06/11-11/12/11

Adult FictionArcadia by Lauren GroffThe Daughter She Used to Be by Rosalind Noonan The Thief's Only Child by Rexanne BecnelThe Time In Between by Maria DuenasWhy We Broke Up by Daniel Handler Adult Non-FictionI Dreamt I Was in Heaven: The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang by Leonce Gaiter The Love Lives of the Artists: … Continue reading Books I Discovered This Week: 11/06/11-11/12/11

Book Review: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Wonderstruckby Brian Selznick9780545027842, $29.99, ScholasticAge appropriate: Read-together: 4+, Read alone: 8+I had the pleasure of attending the NEIBA trade show NECBA children's author dinner last Wednesday (Oct. 12, 2011), where Brian Selznick explained what he was trying to do in his newest book, Wonderstruck. As you may remember, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, his previous … Continue reading Book Review: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Book Review: The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks at Point Mouetteby Jeanne Birdsall9780375858512, $16.99, Knopf (Random House)Age appropriate: Read-aloud 4+, read-alone 8+This third book in the Penderwicks series picks up right where book two, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, leaves off. Mr. Penderwick, his new wife, and baby Ben are in England for the honeymoon. Rosalind is taking her first vacation … Continue reading Book Review: The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall

Waiting on Wednesday: The Pirate Captain’s Daughter by Eve Bunting

Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly meme hosted byBreaking the Spine.My first and second WoW posts were about my guilty pleasure reading - romantic (often paranormal) paperback/mass market novels. My third and fourth WoW posts were YA (young adult) titles. My fifth and sixth WoW posts were about adult literary fiction. Introducing my first … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday: The Pirate Captain’s Daughter by Eve Bunting

Book Review: Nathaniel Fludd, The Unicorn’s Tale by R.L.LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

The Unicorn's Tale: Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book 4by R.L. LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy9780547482774, $14.99, Houghton Mifflin Harcout, Pub. Date: April 2011 In book four, Nathaniel has a lot on his mind. With the hope that his parents might still be alive somewhere, all Nate wants to do is find his traitorous cousin, Obediah Fludd, and … Continue reading Book Review: Nathaniel Fludd, The Unicorn’s Tale by R.L.LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Happy Thanksgiving!

I struggle with this holiday, like I struggle with most American-history holidays, because we celebrants tend to remember only one side of the holiday story - the White side, the colonizer side, the winning side. Though my people (only 2nd generation here) came over after most of the overt colonizing had taken place, I struggle … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!

Book Review: Nathaniel Fludd: The Wyvern’s Treasure by R.L. LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

The Wyvern's Treasure: Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book 2by R.L. LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy9780547316185, $16, Houghton Mifflin HarcourtWhen Nate & Aunt Phil return to England, they find their house trashed and Cornelius, Aunt Phil's dodo, traumatized. A strange man ransacked their house - but looking for what? They don't have much time to stop to … Continue reading Book Review: Nathaniel Fludd: The Wyvern’s Treasure by R.L. LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

Book Review: Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord

Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord9780545035316, Scholastic, $16.99, Pub Date: August 2010 This book is a departure from my usual reading fare. It was a conscious choice - I've been reading so much fantasy lately, I wanted something with a little touch of reality.Touch Blue is a quick, quiet, and utterly delightful middle grade novel perfect for a … Continue reading Book Review: Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord