Despite my general discomfort with spontaneity and adventure, I love stories about portals to other worlds. I love the idea of opening a door and finding something unexpected on the other side; while I know in my (sadly boring) heart that I’d be far too cautious to actually step through if confronted with one, I love reading and watching stories about people who don’t have my hang-ups.
Sidenote: My favorite sequence in The Secret Garden is the bit where Mary ...
I’ve seen human foibles that have resulted in temporary maiming or momentary loss of life. People stumble into manholes, are hit by falling objects, trip into the paths of speeding vehicles.
And when it happens, people laugh, because no matter how gruesome the event, that person, just like the coyote, will be back in a day or two, as good as new, and no worse—or wiser—for the wear.
Immortality has turned us all into cartoons.
In 2016, a novel called ...
The starred Kirkus review for one of the books I write about below (The Rabbit Listened) notes how, at its core, it is a story of emotional intelligence, or the ability to identify and manage one’s emotions, as well as others’. We could certainly, in this day and age in America, use more picture books about that very thing, especially ones told, as that one is, without ham-handed morals. I’ll get to that book in a moment, but I want ...
If you caught last week’s post, you’ll know that I’m interviewing authors who are at different stages of their careers. I started January with an interview of Rachel Gibson, a long-established, highly popular romance novelist who’s revisiting her first and most well-known series, The Chinooks.
Last week I interviewed Sonali Dev, and we talked about her fourth (beautiful!) book in as many years, plus her writing process and her desire to use storytelling as a way to make a ...
Photo courtesy of Ben Conant
Author-illustrator Lita Judge would like readers to know about the remarkable — and remarkably misunderstood — life of Mary Shelley, the creator of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, first published two hundred years ago. In a departure from picture books for young readers, of which Lita has created fourteen thus far in her career, she tells Mary’s story in Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein, a fictionalized, heavily illustrated free-verse biography, using Mary’s voice to tell ...
Whew! Now that we've had time to soak in the books from Part 1, it's time to dig a little deeper into 2018's science fiction and fantasy book lineup!
Supernatural fiction fans rejoice! Stephen King is back this month with The Outsider, a story of the true evil that lies underneath the seemingly nice guy persona of Little League coach Terry Maitland, who is linked to the horrific killing of a young boy.
Is that too ...
BOOK REPORT for Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1) by Maureen Johnson
Cover Story: Big Font
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 6
Talky Talk: Just The Facts, Ma’am
Bonus Factors: Mental Health, Boarding School
Relationship Status: ID Network Buddy
Cover Story: Big Font
As far as Big Font covers go, I like this one. The trailing vines make it seem very New England, and although it doesn’t scream “mystery,” it’s compelling enough to pick it up off the ...
Every little bit we do makes a difference. This is a fight for independence on two fronts, inside and out. We must continue to protest the British and their unfair rules. And we must improve our society from within. What good is a free India when its people do not consider their brothers and sisters their equals? Social reform and civil disobedience must go hand in hand.
—Ahimsa, by Supriya Kelkar
1942, India. In theory, ten-year-old Anjali is fully ...