Have I mentioned before that I love my employer library? High School library, in Regional/Rural Australia, with a fabulous collection of YA queerlit.Have I mentioned before that I love my employer library? High School library, in Regional/Rural Australia, with a fabulous collection of YA queerlit. Including this collection.
I don't think I outright disliked a single story. In the end my favourites were probably Gregory Maguire's "The Honorary Shepherds" (because it dealt with queerness and faith, as well as religious art and had a Quirky Narrator); Lois Lowry's "Holding", because of its difference; CS Adler's "Michael's Little Sister", for being beautiful, heartwarming *and* heartbreaking; and Christina Salat's "50% Chance of Lightning", because I indentified so closely with Robin.
What's bizarre there is that Jacqueline Woodson *isn't* in my top four! One of the things that is great about this collection is the number of other-than-white main characters. Woodson is the only author I know is not white, although I assume Salat is, too. But in terms of showing young people of all backgrounds (and cultures) dealing with issues of sexuality, the collection has certainly avoided being (to my clueless whitegirl mind) token, but has rather been inclusive. (If it was being put together today I have little doubt that there would have been Muslim main characters as well as Jewish, Christian and of-no-faith characters....more
This is the only Angela Johnson book my library has. The two public libraries don't have any.
It's a collection of twelve short stories. Home and homeThis is the only Angela Johnson book my library has. The two public libraries don't have any.
It's a collection of twelve short stories. Home and homelessness, biological family and non-biological family. And hope.
I love "Sweetness". I love "Starr" and "Barns" and "Home". "By the time you read this" was magnificent (and funny), because it wasn't what I expected. "Sweetness" and "Home" were sad and wonderful, Sweetness and Crystal and Reyetta and Ruby worming their way into your heart.
And the line "Five in the morning looks like the moon, like nowhere I've ever been," from "Barns".
It's brilliant, and I wish I could read more by Johnson, I really do....more
Another completely awesome book from the mind of Shaun Tan. The man is amazing: I'm starting to think that he ought to be on my permanent shopping lisAnother completely awesome book from the mind of Shaun Tan. The man is amazing: I'm starting to think that he ought to be on my permanent shopping list, as so far every book by him has gone onto my "want to own" list.
This is a beautiful, beautiful collection of short stories. Most are essentially text-based with illustrations, but Distant Rain (one of my favourites) and Make Your Own Pet are visual collage/graphic novel-type pieces. Distant Rain is particularly art-based, collagey and wonderful.
Two other standouts in the book are "Alert but not Alarmed", and "Wake". "Grandpa's Story" is half text, half picture-without-text, and both are integral to the story. And "Eric" is the one that first captured my imagination and left me kind of breathless with awe.
Basically, ALL the stories are wonderful. I'm having an ongoing argument with my boss, who doesn't think this book deserved to win the CBA Book of the Year. She's wrong. (Particularly given that they copped so much flack for giving Matt Ottley's Requiem for a Beast Picture Book of the Year last year. What are they supposed to do? If they can't award these seriously deep books "Picture Book of the Year" and can't award them "Book of the Year - Older Readers", then they're completely left out. And that simply isn't fair.
Anyway: in my opinion, Tan deserves every award he's been given for this book so far, and then some. ...more