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The Golem and the Jinni
A quibble I have with Goodreads is that I can't change my opinion on books when I reread them. When I first read The Golem and the Jinni I gave it fiv ...more
Apr 20, 2015
Feb 05, 2013
Brown Girl in the Ring
This book is by a Canadian- Caribbean writer and it’s creative, fresh and *new* for being eleven years old. So I’ve got another new to me favorite wri ...more
Jul 24, 2009
Jul 23, 2009
Zoo City
“In Zoo City it’s impolite to ask.” (7)

I was so charmed by this novel that it didn’t bother me that I was confused and not sure what was going on ‘til
May 03, 2013
Apr 11, 2012
Reread for a Library bookclub on race and racial issues. At my suggestion.

Zits is a fifteen year-old foster kid, who has lived in twenty homes, who is
May 24, 2011
Jul 06, 2008
Two Boys Kissing
If I could give this book six stars, I would. So if you look hard at the five I've given the book, maybe your belief can create a sixth?

“Every time tw
Oct 23, 2013
Jun 02, 2013
Who Fears Death
“ Just by looking at me, everyone can see that I am a child of rape.”

Onyesonwu lives in a future Sudan. Her mother is Okeke, her father is Nuru and s
Jun 15, 2011
Feb 25, 2011
The Just City
This is some of a conversation between Athene and Apollo, in order:
“Some people are trying to set up Plato’s Republic… They prayed to me. I’m helping.
Jan 20, 2015
Jan 19, 2015
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
This is why I read favorite authors: surely, it’s to return to favorite worlds and characters they have created, but it’s also to check in and see wha ...more
May 08, 2015
Jan 08, 2015
Santa Olivia (Santa Olivia, #1)
Loup (pronounced Lou) is a girl raised in a secret town named Santa Olivia, and in the orphanage there, where there aren’t supposed to be any towns, n ...more
Nov 14, 2012
Apr 14, 2012
The Graveyard Book
My review from 8/3/13:

I want to hug this book! Listening to it, read by Neil Gaiman, was an especial pleasure and I got to listen to it with my family
Jan 10, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories
Thirty-one new and selected short stories by one of my favorite writers. Do I hear B.D. Wong when I reread “Breaking and Entering” because he read the ...more
Aug 30, 2012
Aug 29, 2012
The Painted Boy
Jay is a 17 year old from Chicago whose only ever worked at his parents’ Chinese restaurant. Who points his finger at a place on a map: Santo del Vado ...more
Dec 04, 2010
Dec 01, 2010
The Shining Girls
**spoiler alert** As much as I loved Zoo City, after reading about this I was afraid I wouldn’t like it; one of its narrators is a time traveling seri ...more
Feb 15, 2015
Jun 02, 2013
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
"To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered me a monster, a mutation. To my great misfortune ...more
May 27, 2015
Nov 04, 2014
The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains
“Sometimes I think that truth is a place. In my mind, it is like a city: there can be a hundred roads, a thousand paths, that will all take you, event ...more
Jul 13, 2014
May 28, 2014
The Round House
**spoiler alert** Joe’s mom Geraldine is violently raped out of spite, mean- spiritedness and jealousy. Her husband, Joe’s dad is a tribal judge and h ...more
Dec 16, 2012
Sep 11, 2012
El Alquimista: Edicion Illustrada
“’When you want something, all the universe conspires to help you achieve it,’ the old king had said.” (64)

And in case you didn’t get it that time, t
Mar 28, 2012
Sep 19, 2011
Every Day
This novel is all premise: its main character wakes up every morning in the body of a different 16 year old and has since s/he was a baby. A wakes up ...more
Sep 29, 2012
Sep 07, 2012
Grasshopper Jungle
“I read somewhere that human beings are genetically predisposed to record history. We believe it will prevent us from doing stupid things in the futur ...more
Sep 18, 2014
Sep 23, 2014
Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury
Twenty-seven short stories based on Ray Bradbury is too many in my opinion, for one volume, but how can an editor say ‘no thank you’ when it is a trib ...more
Jul 16, 2015
Jul 23, 2015
The Kingdom on the Waves (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, #2)
1/25/09 pub 2008 While I truly enjoyed this novel and the one that precedes it, it doesn’t surprise me that it took me eight days to read; it is *not* ...more
Jan 25, 2009
Jan 24, 2009
Ha'penny (Small Change, #2)
“They don’t hang people like me. They don’t want the embarrassment of a trial, and besides, Pappa is who he is. Like it or not, I’m a Larkin. They don ...more
Oct 31, 2012
Nov 01, 2012
Imaginary Girls
One hundred pages in, I came close to putting this novel aside. I’m glad I didn’t. I couldn’t grasp then what its genre was: contemporary, urban fanta ...more
Oct 04, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
Down These Strange Streets
Sixteen approximately 25 page urban fantasy that Martin defines in the introduction as requiring a sort of detective in each short story. (I disagree ...more
Jan 06, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
The Sculptor
Lisa at the library recommended this graphic novel that they just got in. I’m so glad she did! Like Will Grayson in Will Grayson, Will Graysonand (pro ...more
Jul 29, 2015
Jul 29, 2015
The Changeling Garden
I really, really liked the set-up and setting for this book, but the conflict left me cold. Annie, her five year old son and her largely absent husban ...more
Apr 28, 2013
Apr 27, 2013
Miracle and Other Christmas Stories
As a Jew, I do not tend to seek out Christmas stories; but as a reader, I do read all of Connie Willis’ books. This is nine Christmas- themed short st ...more
Nov 28, 2011
Nov 18, 2011
Haroun and the Sea of Stories
I finally finished it! Hurrah! Hurray! It took me ten days to read this 210 page children’s book. I loathed it up until the last two chapters, then it ...more
Jan 06, 2011
Dec 28, 2010
The Snow Child
What a beautiful book! A lonely, grief-stricken, childless couple move to Alaska in the 1920’s to farm and there, in the snow, make a snow girl who tu ...more
May 28, 2012
May 25, 2012
Green Angel (Green Angel, #1)
Green’s parents and sister are killed when they go the City for market day. There was a fire, an explosion, she’s not sure, or doesn’t ask, or tell th ...more
Mar 23, 2015
Mar 23, 2015
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