Mina Edelman believes that she and her family have been reincarnated from the lives of Abraham Lincoln and his family, thus, she is always drawing comMina Edelman believes that she and her family have been reincarnated from the lives of Abraham Lincoln and his family, thus, she is always drawing comparisons between the two. Mina has always lived a relatively comfortable life in the Chicago suburbs with her parents and older sister. Her father owns a furniture store, naturally named Honest Abe’s, and Mina writes a newsletter for it filled with factoids about Lincoln and his family. However, in the summer of 1966, Mina’s idyllic life changes when her father gets involved with the Civil Rights Movement. There are many difficult decisions to be made and hard consequences for everyone.
I really enjoyed this book for many reasons, one of which is learning so much about Abraham Lincoln’s life, wife and furniture. This novel feels authentic to me in that it seemed to have precisely captured a period of time through the lens of a child during a volatile period of time in our Nation’s history. Al Edelman has a few cringe-inducing lines when it comes to African-Americans, but again, I felt them to be inline with his personality and reflective of the times.
This book is definitely for tweens/teens. There are references to puberty and prescription drugs as well as complex adult relationships. ...more
I loved this story and think that anyone that is a fan of 13 Reasons Why would enjoy it. Looking forward to meeting/hearing Ms. King speak at the PrinI loved this story and think that anyone that is a fan of 13 Reasons Why would enjoy it. Looking forward to meeting/hearing Ms. King speak at the Printz Award dinner in NOLA....more
Sixteen year old Gemma is abducted in Bangkok by a handsome man named Ty. He drugs her coffee, switches her identity and takes her to a remote area inSixteen year old Gemma is abducted in Bangkok by a handsome man named Ty. He drugs her coffee, switches her identity and takes her to a remote area in Australia. He loves her and is hoping that she will learn to love him back. Over the course of several weeks, Gemma learns that Ty has been stalking her for the past six years. She is both horrified and flattered. She wants to go home, yet the landscape and Ty begin growing on her. When she is bitten by a Death Adder, Ty risks everything to save her life, including turning himself in. The book is written as a therapeutic letter from Gemma to Ty highlighting the events of her ordeal and the aftermath of feelings that follow.
While reading this story I almost found myself rooting for Ty and Gemma, trying to figure out a way for them to survive in the outside world. At the same time, I had to keep reminding myself that he abducted her and took away her life. The story of their relationship was forcibly delicate and complex and completely worth reading. ...more
This amazing novel is set in a post-modern, submerged Orleans. Global warming has melted the polar caps and created new shorelines. Oil is scarce andThis amazing novel is set in a post-modern, submerged Orleans. Global warming has melted the polar caps and created new shorelines. Oil is scarce and many of the decedents of the once prosperous city are now salvagers that work in the ship breaking business. It is hard, dirty work and requires a sense loyalty and trust. Nailer longs to be on one of the swanky cutter ships that he sees gliding across the ocean in the horizon instead of breaking down old oil tankers. One day, the Fates hand him the opportunity. A city killer sweeps into Bright Sands Beach and takes everything in its path, but leaves a glittering cutter ship stranded in its wake. Nailer and his loyal friend Pima find it and think that they've struck gold. As they pick their way through the shredded ship, they find a girl. A beautiful girl. Nailer's world is never the same again.
Nailer is the type of character that the reader can fall in love with. This story is truly worthy of the Printz Award and I hope that there is a sequel. I'm looking forward to reading other works by Paolo Bacigalupi in the future. ...more
The first few chapters were a bit confusing for me until I realized that there were two different narrators. Once I had that straightened out, I reallThe first few chapters were a bit confusing for me until I realized that there were two different narrators. Once I had that straightened out, I really began to enjoy the story. The audio narration was fantastic and the characters felt real. I was sad after it ended and found myself missing Will and Tiny on my way to work the next day. I appreciate Tiny Cooper....more
I really enjoyed this magical fairytale. Lucinda Chapdelaine is a fifteen-year-old young woman working in her aunt and uncle's goldsmith shop as a serI really enjoyed this magical fairytale. Lucinda Chapdelaine is a fifteen-year-old young woman working in her aunt and uncle's goldsmith shop as a servant. Her wealthy parents died in a carriage accident on the way home from a ball when she was five years old. Apparently, Lucinda's parents' wealth was all for show, as she is now penniless. Through a series of events, she meets Peter, Beryl (also known as the Amaranth Witch), a Prince and a brave and loyal little goat that she names Dog. When Lucinda's uncle dies, she finds herself out on the streets of the Kingdom with no where to go and a mystery on her hands. ...more
Clay Jensen comes home from school one afternoon and finds a mysterious package on his porch. At first, he's excited to have received a package; his eClay Jensen comes home from school one afternoon and finds a mysterious package on his porch. At first, he's excited to have received a package; his excitement however, is short lived when he discovers that it contains seven audio cassettes recorded by his crush, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. On the tapes, Hannah narrates the details of her life that influenced her decision to end it. No one knows for sure what goes through a suicidal person's mind and I don't think it's fair for the reader to decide if Hannah's reasons were justifiable. It was her life, her perception of injustices and her decision to end it.
I thought that the book was terrific and think that it belongs in every YA collection. I began the book by listening to the amazing audio version, but had to switch over to print towards the end because it wasn't feasible to sit in my car all night and I just had to finish it. I highly recommend the audio....more
This novel reminded me of A Curious Incident of a Dog in Nightime because both stories involved a mystery that needed to be solved and a shady (to somThis novel reminded me of A Curious Incident of a Dog in Nightime because both stories involved a mystery that needed to be solved and a shady (to some degree)father. Marcelo is different from other teens in that he has a condition related to autism/Aspergers syndrom; however, he is highly functioning and at times just appears awkward. Marcelo wants to finish his senior year at Paterson, a school for students with special needs, but his father wants him to attend a regular public high school. A deal is struck. Marcelo must work at his father's law firm over the summer and his attending Paterson hinges on his success. At the law firm, he is assigned to work in the mailroom with the lovely teen Jasmine. The two make an unlikely pairing and prove foils to each other (almost in an Erin Brokovitch kind of way). Marcelo ends up getting an education of a lifetime over the course of eight weeks.
The genre is realistic fiction; however, I question the likelyhood of the events in the story in "the real world." That being said, it is a work of fiction and that gives the author the creative right to do whatever he pleases. ...more