November and December sort of blended together for me, but the two months also were sharply divided by Before the Fire and After the Fire. We had a fire at our house a couple of weeks ago, and now we’re living in a rental house while the restoration people and the insurance people and the contractors and whoever else is involved, repair and restore our house. Thanks to the Almighty, all of the Semicolon family is uninjured and we are doing well.
But my reading for November and December is a little scattered and sometimes unexamined here at Semicolon.
Children’s and Young Adult Fiction:
The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen, reviewed at Semicolon.
Hold Fast by Blue Balliet, reviewed at Semicolon.
Moxie and the Art of Rule-Breaking by Erin Dionne, reviewed at Semicolon.
A Girl Called Problem by Katie Quirk, reviewed at Semicolon.
The Sound of Coaches by Leon Garfield, reviewed at Semicolon.
Allegiant by Veronica Roth, reviewed at Semicolon.
Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner, reviewed at Semicolon.
Andi Unexpected by Amanda Flower, reviewed at Semicolon.
Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.
Miss Buncle’s Book by D.E. Stevenson.
Miss Buncle Married by D.E. Stevenson.
Mr. Ives’ Christmas by Oscar Hijuelos.
Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me by Karen Swallow Prior, reviewed at Semicolon.
Becoming Ben Franklin by Russell Freedman, reviewed at Semicolon.
Home Front Girl by Joan Wehlen Morrison.
Women of the Frontier by Brandon Marie Miller, reviewed at Semicolon.
“The President Has Been Shot!” by James L. Swanson, reviewed at Semicolon.
Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent by Pearl Witherington Cornioley. Oddly organized, but this memoir might be of interest to fans of the YA spy novel, Code Name Verity.
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb. Strangely enough, despite the subject matter, I found this one to be mostly boring.
Tillie Pierce: Teen Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg by Tanya Anderson.
Wild Animal Neighbors: Sharing Our Urban World by Ann Downer.
Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies by Nell Beram, reviewed at Semicolon.
Regine’s Book: A Teen Girl’s Last Words by Regine Stokke. Cancer memoir from a Norwegian teen with leukemia.