Friday, September 15, 2017
Thursday, September 7, 2017
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
Monday, June 19, 2017
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
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.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Twelve-year-old Anton inhabits a world gone mad. He lives in the Ukraine which has been overrun by the Nazi war machine. He is Jewish in a land that the Nazis are seeking to make Judenfrei. Anton's father has joined the Polish resistance. His uncles are considering doing so as well, so only his Bubbe or grandmother remains with him. Facing dire jeopardy, he and his grandmother and other villagers flee to some hidden underground caves. But when the sadistic Major Van Duesen exposes their hiding place and captures Bubbe, Anton realizes he can no longer hide if he wants to save his grandmother.
The Enemy Above is a fast paced historical thriller that chronicles almost incomprehensible tragedy in a sensitive manner than makes accessible to children. Should be on a shelf with Number the Stars.