Abraham Lincoln High School Book Award, but I'm not going to purchase this one.
I'm going to start Paul Volponi's Rucker Park Setup. I've read several of his books and enjoyed them all. I believe his books have a great message and are very appealing to teen readers.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Now I am going to read Spanking Shakespeare a humorous book about a teen named Shakespeare who also doesn't fit in. He's also a writer . . .
Posted by Annette Mills at 8:16 PM
Monday, April 26, 2010
The main character, Serafina, is sent to the convent against her will (which seemed to be the case much of the time) and is desperate to return to her lover. The other main character is Zuana, who has been in the convent for 17 years since her father, a doctor, died. Zuana runs the convent's apothecary and is, in every sense, the convent's "doctor." She becomes Serafina's mentor. The descriptions of 16th century medicine, convent life, and the political world of the church in the 1500s is compelling. This novel is rich in details, and I found every detail interesting.
I was glad I had the audio version; the narrator was very good and helped make the story come alive, which is what an audio book narrator should do!
Posted by Annette Mills at 11:22 AM
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Now I've started Scrambled Eggs at Midnight, by Brad Barkley & Heather Hepler. This book has been in my library for a couple of years, but I recently read a review that made me put it on my list. Of course, I don't remember what the review said any more. It's about a girl and her mother, who works at Renaissance Fairs. I think there's going to be some romance involved.
Posted by Annette Mills at 8:13 AM
Thursday, April 15, 2010
I finished House Rules, and for a memoir, it was very good. I really don’t like these dysfunctional family books very much. I feel that most of them are repetitive, and one can figure out pretty much the entire book by reading the first few chapters (sometimes by just reading the flap!) It does help when the book follows a chronological order. With House Rules, this was the case. There are many flashbacks, but they don’t take over the chronological progression of the story. Another thing that I don’t like about these books is that there isn’t an ending. It’s just written to a certain point in the narrator’s life, and then we are to hope that things are OK, or get better. I understand that this is the nature of a memoir, but this is my personal opinion.
Posted by Annette Mills at 11:21 AM
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Posted by Annette Mills at 7:48 AM