April 14, 2015 § 3 Comments
I get so excited when a child tells me he is learning to read. Part of my enthusiasm is simply that selfish, natural excitement that occurs when someone is trying something I love. Another part of my excitement is purely for the child’s sake – how many worlds are open to him now! It’s one of the most valuable aspects of a book, that ability to give the reader a window onto a new world: sometimes a “real” world, sometimes a “fantasy” world, but always a new one. The best books are usually the ones that give the reader a panoramic – and at the same time in-depth – view, or a view from a completely new angle. This Side of Home was one of those books for me. El Deafo is another.
April 9, 2015 § Leave a comment
Ms. Rapscott has founded the Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents in her lighthouse on a deliciously stormy shore, and now she watches the skies for the arrival of her first five pupils. Her pupils are delivered in boxes, of course, because they are the daughters of the Busiest Parents in the World, who certainly have no time to deliver them personally. Each of the first four boxes contains a rumpled, grumpy little girl, but the fifth – alas, Dahlia Thistle’s parents were too busy to seal the box properly, and she has been Lost. Thankfully, Ms. Rapscott has many adventures planned for her students, which include very determinedly Not Finding Dahlia Thistle.
April 6, 2015 § 2 Comments
April 2, 2015 § 3 Comments
Here is a video review! I find I prefer writing reviews to talking them. But I thought I’d mix things up a little today.
What books have you read lately that presented you with new perspective(s)?
March 30, 2015 § Leave a comment
Dove Arising, by Karen Bao, is set on a lunar colony: one of six bases established by the world’s scientific community when they and their families fled to the moon to escape the growing danger of war and pollution on Earth. As you might expect, the colony is a dystopia: the citizens’ life is riddled with restrictions, and they live in fear of the militia, whom they call the Beaters, and under threat of attack from Earth’s remaining superpowers. Fifteen-year-0ld Phaet Theta is at the top of her class and has big, peaceful plans for her future – until her mother is suddenly taken ill and quarantined, and Phaet and her younger siblings are in danger of having to move to the Shelter. In desperation, Phaet decides to begin her required time in the militia two years early, hoping to place high in the training evaluations and earn the money to pay her mother’s hospital bills and support her siblings. She is soon caught up in fierce, even deadly competition with dozens of older and more capable trainees. Worse, she soon learns that her mother’s quarantine is not what it seemed, and she and her family are in danger.
March 18, 2015 § 1 Comment