Thursday, September 28, 2017

Recent Article in Volume One magazine

Life is about change, but I struggle with it. Please check out my recent article in Volume One magazine: Saying Goodbye to SwingSets and Campers
Please share any comments or reflections you have on letting go of seminal objects.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Review of Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

I read this entire story as an extended metaphor about a young girl's transition to adulthood. I was fascinated by the magic of the island as Jinny introduces it to her Care. I loved the winds that support the children when they jump into them, how the snakes never bite, and how the children know how to dry out fruit to make a sort of candy. As the story unfolded, I wanted to know who sent these children here, who created the rules, and why do they have to leave at a certain time? When Jinny refuses to follow the rules, the island seems to "break." I want to know what happens next. Does Jinny succeed in saving Loo? Is the island forever ruined for the children? I salute the artistry of the story but I found the ending super frustrating. I was left with too many questions. I wanted the island to be a fully thought out world, but Snyder leaves her readers at sea with Jinny.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thanks to LE Phillips Public Library for the Shout Out

Review of Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier

This is a delicious YA novel that juxtaposes the real world with the dream world and leaves readers wondering which is "real" after all. Gier's novel has a gothic flare and includes creative concepts like a hallway of dreams in which each person has a uniquely decorated or protected door that leads into an individualized dream world. Liv Silver is the true delight of this story. She is most definitely not a victim who needs saving, but, instead, a level headed, sarcastic skeptic.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Becoming Alpha by Aileen Err

With YA, you generally can't miss with hot werewolves and witchcraft. Sometimes, this genre can read as a Twilight wannabe. This is not the case with Becoming Alpha by Aileen Err. One night, I was browsing the "The Big Read" books in our school library collection and this one popped up. I was immediately intrigued by the cover. As a feminist, I like the idea of a female protagonist becoming an alpha. The story does not fail to deliver. It is action packed with new intriguing twists on the whole werewolf schtick. The male lead is a teen hottee, but he does not overwhelm Tessa at all. Tessa is just learning about her powers and abilities as a werewolf and as a witch, and her journey is both compelling and exciting. Two thumbs up on this one. I look forward to continuing to reading the other books in this series.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Electric Angel by Nanci J. Mortimer, Pictures by Della Wells

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A charming, rhythmic story that brings the musical city of Chicago to life. Mortimer's text is vivid with images while Wells's richly textured art work brings the story to life. A visually and acoustically satisfying read.