Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl. Alfred A. Knopf, 1978, 56 pages

So Roald Dahl--my new favorite author-- if you love funny, irreverent, violent, a little scary, smart books for kids. Quirky Books for Quirky Kids. The ending, as satisfying as La Mariquita Malhumorada, is a bonus.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Late 70s, summer vacation and Sunny is sent to visit her Grandfather in Florida. She has visions of traveling with her best friend and going to Disneyworld, the beach, having a vacationy fun time..Instead she finds herself alone with a nice old man who lives in a retirement community. Fun is following him around on his errands, eating dinner at a geriatric buffet at 4:30 pm, and hanging out with his lady friends who make crotcheted Barbie toilet paper covers. Sunny does make friends and has a revelation that she was sent to Florida so her parents could deal with her drug addicted older brother.

Looking for Alaska by John Green. Dutton, 2005. 221 pages.

John Green's first novel. Printz Award. My first John Green book. It is fiction, not autobiographical, but he really did live in Florida and he really did go to boarding school in Alabama and a student really did die while he was a student there. A very good book.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Emma and the Blue Genie by Cornelia Funke. Random House, 2014, 90 pages.

Clearly drawn from folklore-Arabian Nights style-- a fun and well written story for elementary aged kids-- Genies, Dogs, Girls, Magic, humor, adventure-- what more could you ask for?
I love this new trend in early chapter and early fiction--  new series for younger kids  by great and well established authors with color pictures.

see also: Mo Willems/Diva and Flea
               Kate DiCamillo/ Mercy Watson
               Shannon Hale/ Princess in Black.

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. Viking Books for Young Readers. 2014. 391 pages.

PTSD in the family. Daughter and her very messed up Dad. Frightenly realistic.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina. Candlewick, 2016. 356 pages.

Summer of 1977, NYC, hot and gritty. Son of Sam is on the loose and Nora is poor and street smart and seventeen. I love the tension of the hot-son of sam- background and I love Meg Medina's female characters. The men do not measure up though. Still, a very strong enjoyable read. Quick one too.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Soundless by Richelle Mead. Razor Bill (Penguin), 2015. 266 Pages.

Hugely popular at Tattered Cover and PLA in Denver. YA distopian romance and adventure. What's not to love? Well written to boot.