Thanksgiving Repentance

Posted by Sherry on 11/19/2017 in Autumn, Celebrations, Christian Life, Church, Current Events, General |

Senator James Harlan of Iowa, whose daughter later married President Lincoln’s son Robert, introduced a resolution in the Senate on March 2, 1863. The resolution asked President Lincoln to proclaim a national day of prayer and fasting. The resolution was adopted on March 3rd, and signed by Lincoln on March 30th, one month before the […]


Frogkisser! by Garth Nix

Posted by Sherry on 11/13/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Mr Nix acknowledges the “inspiration and positive influence” of five authors in the conception and development of Frogkisser!: Lloyd Alexander, Nicholas Stuart Gray, Diana Wynne Jones, Robin McKinley, and T.H. White. The influences of T.H. White and Lloyd Alexander are easy to spot: a spunky princess (or two or three), Merlin himself making an appearance, […]


Saturday Review of Books: November 11, 2017

Posted by Sherry on 11/10/2017 in General, Saturday Reviews |

“When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes. My luggage is my library. My home is where my books are.” ~Erasmus Welcome to the Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon. Here’s how it usually works. Find a book review on your blog posted sometime […]


A Crack in the Sea by H.M. Bouwman

Posted by Sherry on 11/9/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, Cybil Awards, General, Vietnam |

Two worlds. The first world is our world, and various historical events and places make an appearance in this magical realism/fantasy/folktale story about escape from persecution and horror and about forgiveness and peace-making. The second world is only accessible through a crack in the sea that only opens at unexpected times to people with unexpected […]


Dragon’s Green by Scarlett Thomas

Posted by Sherry on 11/8/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Effie Truelove’s grandfather Griffin Truelove refuses to teach her to do magic, until it’s too late. When Effie needs magic and all the friends she can find to protect her grandfather’s library from the Diberi, evil users of twisted magic, she does find the friends, but the magic is a little tricky. Effie and her […]


Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

Posted by Sherry on 11/7/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, Folktales, General |

I don’t think I’ve read many books in which the protagonist is a talking tree. The only other tree protagonist I know of is The Giving Tree. Of course, Tolkien was fond of trees: Old Man Willow, The White Tree of Gondor, and the Ents and their tree herds. In this novel by the author […]


Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine by Caroline Starr Rose

Posted by Sherry on 11/6/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, General |

The Klondike Gold Rush. I’ve read lots of books about the early 1850’s and the California Gold Rush, but I don’t really know much about the Klondike Gold Rush of the late nineteenth century. The Klondike Gold Rush was a migration by an estimated 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon in north-western […]


Divergent by Veronica Roth

Posted by Sherry on 11/2/2017 in Dystopian Fiction, General, Young Adult Fiction |

Originally published at Breakpoint.org, July 7, 2011. Author Veronica Roth was 22 years old when her popular novel, Divergent, was published. She grew up in the suburbs of Chicago; she’s tall (six feet); and, according to her bio, she’s a Christian. Beatrice, the protagonist of Roth’s debut novel is sixteen years old. Tris grows up […]


Little Girl With Seven Names by Mabel Leigh Hunt

Posted by Sherry on 11/1/2017 in --November, Birthdays, Children's Fiction, General |

Before there was Tikki-tikki-tembo-no-sa-rembo-chari-bari-ruchi-pip-peri-pembo, author Mabel Leigh Hunt (b.November 1, 1892, d.September 3, 1971) told the story of a little Quaker girl named Melissa Louisa Amanda Miranda Cynthia Jane Farlow, a girl with a great long name almost as long and almost as troublesome to her as Tikki-tikki-tembo’s name was to him. Melissa Louisa is […]


Journey’s End by Rachel Hawkins

Posted by Sherry on 10/31/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

A ghost story seems appropriate for today, All Hallows Eve, and a ghost story that takes place in Scotland is particularly fun. Journey’s End starts out mysterious and kind of confusing with the first three chapters set in three different time periods with different characters, but the confusion clears up fairly quickly and the mystery […]

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