Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett

Sonya Hartnett’s Children of the King feeds into some of my fondest fascinations: British history, especially kings and queens and all that jazz. World War II stories about child evacuees. Crumbling castles and the ghosts that inhabit them. Old English houses full of old stuff. Mysteries of history. Homeschooling and storytelling. Themes of courage and […]


Twelve Minutes to Midnight by Christopher Edge

Posted by Sherry on 6/30/2014 in 2012, 2014, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

Each tick of the clock brings chaos closer. “Christopher Edge . . . lives in Gloucester (England) where he spends most of his time in the local library dreaming up stories.” ~from the author blurb in the back of the book Mr. Edge must have some imagination–or else he’s experienced the bite of a dreamweaver […]


For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Posted by Sherry on 1/21/2014 in 2012, General, Romance, Young Adult Fiction |

Futuristic, post-apocalyptic science fiction that’s very loosely based on or inspired by Jane Austen’s novel of manners and thwarted love, Persuasion. Eliot North, the main character, is a girl who, like Ann Eliott in Persuasion has chosen duty over love and passion. As she is unavoidably throw together with the man she rejected over four […]


Rainbow Rowell and the World with No Rules

Posted by Sherry on 1/8/2014 in 2012, Current Events, General, Romance, Young Adult Fiction |

I plead guilty. I am a prude, a moralist, a prig. And I am so tired of living in world without rules. I am so tired of reading about a world without rules, watching movies and TV shows in which there is nothing that is off limits (except rules themselves). Yes, I know we need […]

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The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George

Posted by Sherry on 10/18/2013 in 2012, Adventure thriller, General, Young Adult Fiction |

Elizabeth George, author of seventeen mysteries about Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, has placed her first young adult novel on an island, Whidbey Island, near Seattle, Washington. The island setting gives the novel a claustrophobic feel, while the main character’s ability to hear “whispers” of other people’s thoughts makes it eerie and somewhat Hitchcockian in […]


The Bronte Sisters by Catherine Reef

Posted by Sherry on 9/20/2013 in 2012, Biography/Memoir, Cybil Awards, General, Nonfiction |

The Bronte Sisters: The Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily and Anne by Catherine Reef. Brief, indeed. Emily was 30 years old in December 1848 when she died of tuberculosis. Anne died of tuberculosis a few months later in May 1849. She was 29 years old. Their older brother Branwell had predeceased them by a few […]


Love, Chickens, and a Taste of Peculiar Cake by Joyce Magnin

Posted by Sherry on 6/27/2013 in 2012, Children's Fiction, General |

I would like to bake Penny a cake. A fullness of time cake. Chocolate with chocolate frosting, rich and full. ~from Wilma Sue’s notebook Wilma Sue has come from Miss Daylily’s Home for Children to live with retired missionary sisters, Naomi and Ruth Beedlemeyer. Her caseworker warns her, “Just one infraction and back you go […]


Failstate by John W. Otte

Posted by Sherry on 4/21/2013 in 2012, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

“John W. Otte leads a double life. By day he’s a Lutheran minister. By night, he writes weird stories.” Failstate is kind of weird. Robin Laughlin aka Failstate and Robin’s brother Ben aka Gauntlet are both unlicensed superheroes. Failstate is a “cognit” who can mess with the power grid. The theory is that Failstate’s super-power […]


The Drowned Vault by N.D. Wilson

Posted by Sherry on 4/16/2013 in 2012, Children's Fiction, Fantasy Fiction, General |

About the first book in this fantasy series by N.D. Wilson, I wrote: The Dragon’s Tooth by N.D. Wilson. Too much action and it moved way too fast for me. I think there was a sub-text that I just didn’t get, and I think Mr. Wilson is too smart for my Very Little Brain. Reading […]


Code of Silence by Tim Shoemaker

Living a Lie Comes With a Price. This thriller is book with a moral, but it didn’t feel preachy to me, just real. Three teens–Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy—witness a robbery and attempted murder. Because Cooper and his family are threatened by the robbers and because they have reason to believe that at least one of […]

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