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May was Short Story Month, so over the past few weeks, in addition to sampling a few anthologies, I decided to tackle all of Seanan McGuire’s Toby stories/novellas. Some highlights: “Through This House” — in between Late Eclipses and One Salt Sea, Toby enters the … Continue reading
Well, you know November has come…when it’s gone away. (just thought I’d ease you into this very academic post with a pop culture reference :-D) Happy T(of)urkey Day, everyone! May your pumpkin pies be tasty and your tryptophan-induced comas relaxing. … Continue reading
Juliet Marillier. Cybele’s Secret. New York: Knopf, 2008. 424 pgs. This is the sequel to Marillier’s Wildwood Dancing, set six years later and focused — seemingly — on much more this-worldly intrigues. Paula, the second-youngest of the five dancing sisters, … Continue reading
Going with today’s theme, I’m mostly imitating each book’s own voice/style for my commentary. And sometimes I’ll just let them speak for themselves. Marilyn Nelson. Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World. … Continue reading
Cristina García. Dreams of Significant Girls. New York: Simon and Schuster BFYR, 2011. 238 pgs. To borrow again the Insatiable Booksluts‘ fun rating style, I give this book somewhere between 3.75 and 4 out of 5 Arabian stallions shipped from … Continue reading
NOTE: The following books were free copies sent to me by Owl Kids, for review. I received no compensation for my review, nor have I in any way been influenced by Owl Kids regarding the nature of my review. . … Continue reading
* EXPLORING OUR WORLD * Donna Jo Napoli. The Crossing. Illus. Jim Madsen. New York: Atheneum, 2011. Napoli retells the story of Lewis and Clark from the viewpoint of Sacajawea’s son, who was a baby at the time. Gorgeous mellow-toned … Continue reading
Brian Selznick. Wonderstruck. New York: Scholastic, 2011. 608 pages. A former wishlist book, inspired by the Waking Brain Cells review. See also the BookPage review of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which describes Selznick’s early career and the inspiration for … Continue reading