Restart by Gordon Korman

Posted by Sherry on 9/22/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, General |

Chase’s memory just went out the window. Chase doesn’t remember falling off the roof. He doesn’t remember hitting his head. He doesn’t, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name. Even though I […]


The Button Girl by Sally Apokedak

Posted by Sherry on 9/19/2017 in Fantasy Fiction, General, Young Adult Fiction |

I want to talk one of my adult children into naming one of my grandchildren Repentance Joyous Forgiveness Abounding (Atwater), the name of the main character in this fantasy novel about a world of slaves and masters and societal upheaval. Sixteen year old Repentance lives in the foggy lowlands in a breeder village where the […]


York by Laura Ruby

Posted by Sherry on 9/18/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

York, Book One, The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby. This middle grade alternate history and steampunk-ish fantasy had a few awkward phrases and descriptions, and I’m not at all sure that all the loose ends were gathered together by the end of the book. (Understandable, since it’s the first book in a series.) However, Ms. […]


Harvey and Me Update #2

Posted by Sherry on 9/11/2017 in Current Events, General |

Well, I’m still living in a post-Harvey world. I stayed home today for the most part, after having spent every day for the last couple of weeks at my church in Friendswood, Trinity Fellowship. I was helping all I could with the administrative side of our Harvey relief efforts, and I felt so much “survivor’s […]


Harvey and Me

Posted by Sherry on 9/8/2017 in Current Events, General |

I’ve been really busy and overwhelmed here in southeast Houston where we received over 40 inches of rain about a week ago. You may have heard something about that storm on the news. Anyway, sorry about the Saturday Review last week and the lack of blog posts this week. We didn’t sustain any damage at […]


World War II Novels and Nonfiction

Posted by Sherry on 9/1/2017 in Booklists, General, World War II |

On September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland, and World War II began. So I’ve gathered up for you and for me a list of as many of the reviews of novels and nonfiction set during World War II that I could find while looking through the back posts of the Saturday Review of Books. Adult […]


Autumn Beginnings

Posted by Sherry on 8/28/2017 in Autumn, Children's Fiction, General |

Hooray for fall! Here are a few introductory lines from children’s fiction books with an autumn setting—or at least, an autumn beginning: MoominValley in November by Tove Jansson. “Early one morning in Moominvalley Snufkin woke up in his tent with the feeling that autumn had come and that it was time to break camp.” B […]


Saturday Review of Books: August 26, 2017

Posted by Sherry on 8/25/2017 in General |

The Hurricane Harvey edition. “It cannot be that the people should grow in grace unless they give themselves to reading. A reading people will always be a knowing people.” ~John Wesley Welcome to the Saturday Review of Books at Semicolon. Here’s how it usually works. Find a book review on your blog posted sometime during […]


The Song of Glory and Ghost by N.D. Wilson

Posted by Sherry on 8/24/2017 in 2017, Children's Fiction, General |

I could just say that everything I wrote about the first book in the Outlaws of Time series is true of this one, in spades. If you read and liked The Legend of Sam Miracle, you’ll probably like this second book, too. If you had some issues with the first book —pacing, confusing time shifts, […]


News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Posted by Sherry on 8/23/2017 in General |

I guess this novel could be called a Western novel; it takes place in post-Civil War Texas, about 1870. Seventy-one year old Jefferson Kyle Kidd makes his living as a newspaper reader, traveling from small town to small town in north Texas and reading the news aloud to customers who pay ten cents apiece for […]

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