I'm a big Peter Brown fan so this may be biased, but I saw this in the new books at the library and snagged it up. I started it and then went on vacatI'm a big Peter Brown fan so this may be biased, but I saw this in the new books at the library and snagged it up. I started it and then went on vacation (strict rules- NO library materials on vacation) so...it has to wait until I returned. Here's the deal. It's awesome. It reminded me of when I was in 3rd or 4th grade and I was OBSESSED with EB White. It feels like that. There is an overall plot, but each chapter is a wee story in itself. I was entranced at the logical way Roz went about becoming one with the island and it's inhabitants (who were NOT easy to win over).Even though there is a great deal of charm in this story, it is very realistic-with death and accidents and nature. Just like in an EB White story which, for me, always blended the fantastic with the realistic as well as the happy with the sad.
Time will determine if this becomes a new classic. It has the chops. I hope it finds the right audience. I plan to put it into the hands of teachers. ...more
I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this at BEA 2016. It's an unfinished copy, but already the story felt complete and the illustrations amazing.I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this at BEA 2016. It's an unfinished copy, but already the story felt complete and the illustrations amazing. I know nothing about Vietnam- nothing. I found this story fascinating. Really, it's three stories: life before, during, and after Thi's family's immigration to the US. It's a little long and, I feel, would have universal appeal. ...more
I read this on the train home from Book Expo 2016 in Chicago and it was so very good. I didn't love it as MUCH as I loved Smile, but I think it's simpI read this on the train home from Book Expo 2016 in Chicago and it was so very good. I didn't love it as MUCH as I loved Smile, but I think it's simply a case of I read Smile first. In Ghosts, we are with Cat and Maya who are getting used to a big move the family had to make in order to make life easier for Maya who suffers from cystic fibrosis. As usual, Telgemeier uses the form to explore multiple topics but my heart was with Cat the whole time. Cat just wants to be a really great big sister, and she is.
Also explored in this story is dia de los muertos and I am so very excited because I have been searching for years for some great fiction to use at the library with readers to explore this holiday (and to correct the many, many misconceptions about it). ...more
I read this one on the train ride home from BEA 2016 and, dudes, it is incredible! Now, this isn't going to appeal to everyone. Mara's snark is legendI read this one on the train ride home from BEA 2016 and, dudes, it is incredible! Now, this isn't going to appeal to everyone. Mara's snark is legendary in level and there are NO easy answers or explanations. This goes dark, it has one of the best descriptions of sex in it I have ever read, and it has teenagers acting with with desperate behavior in an extreme situation. I highly recommend this for readers who love AS King. Now, to go add all of this guy's books to my TBR list.
I love the cover too (normally, I try not to care about covers but they really nailed it on this one). ...more
Blame Earth Day, but I was totally in the mood for an environmental story. This one features Liberty who is truly interesting and who has a great voicBlame Earth Day, but I was totally in the mood for an environmental story. This one features Liberty who is truly interesting and who has a great voice! Think Erin Brockovich meets Veronica Mars. AWESOME! ...more
Ah, I am so glad I finally read this book. Wilhelm wrote a book called The Good Children that I read years ago and LOVED. Then last year, one of my chAh, I am so glad I finally read this book. Wilhelm wrote a book called The Good Children that I read years ago and LOVED. Then last year, one of my challenges was to read an author with the same initials as me and I took this title home....and never got to it.
This time I forced myself to start. I wasn't crazy about David's story. It moved too damn fast for me and this is ironic considering how the story progresses but I found everyone was so damned emotionless because of the clip of the story. Everyone was so busy preparing they forgot to grieve the end of the world? Whatever, it's a blip in the ginormous scope of this story.
The big picture with this book, for me, is what defines humanity? Is it the DNA or the personality? The difference between the clones and the originals ("elders") and then later the new strains of clones v the older strains of clones. It was fascinating to watch really.
This is a worthwhile read. Several times I wanted to put it down and talk to someone about it. Luckily one of my book clubs is reading it, so maybe I'll jump in over there. ...more
YA westerns and I don't like each other. This is a western, steampunk, American lore hybrid. I was expecting Cherie Priest-lite. Revenge and the WildYA westerns and I don't like each other. This is a western, steampunk, American lore hybrid. I was expecting Cherie Priest-lite. Revenge and the Wild (awkward sounding title) started out awesome. We have an independent female main character with guts, a dirty mouth, and a mechanical arm that can crush a man's skull if he gets in her way. She cares about her family and her town. I'm loving Bena and the world building of Rogue City. And then, about 100 pages in, it lost me. I don't know if it was Westie's increasingly immature behavior (twice she smashes something on her way out of the room when she doesn't get her way), her alcohol problem that serves no purpose to the plot at all, or the weird love quadrangle? Seriously, every guy (creature) in town BUT Nigel has a crush on Westie. O-kay. Yawn. Finally, we get on with the real plot-revenge and then it just drags and drags until the climax in which our kick ass mc has to be plucked out of tough situations by two heroes. Because, we have been shown by then that Westie is not as kickass as we were told in the beginning. Grrrrrr. Still, a lot of this works. Again, great world building. Interesting story. Plotting needs work. It's not a bad book, it's just not great. It could have been great. I think there will be fans out there for this book, I just hope they aren't half as critical as I am.
Also-a note about the cover: I don't normally make mention of a book's cover, but for crying out loud what in the hell is going on here? We have a girl-shaped thing in a corridor of birch trees for a quarter of the cover, but it's a photo(?) that's on fire (?) leading to a font that's kind of western calligraphy but not really?????? This needs to be changed to a girl in a gorgeous turn of the century dress with an incredible mechanical arm for the paperback. And drop the blood splatters from the chapter pages. If Westie was actually kicking anyone' s ass it would make sense, but that is not the case. ...more
I liked this. I felt like it was only the first chapter of a graphic novel, but I liked it. I hope there is more coming. And I know that many teenagerI liked this. I felt like it was only the first chapter of a graphic novel, but I liked it. I hope there is more coming. And I know that many teenagers speak like this, but I got tired of reading the curse words. ...more