First lines: Mr. MacInerney drives way too slow, which is weird for a man who spends his life running into burning buildings, p. 1.
Burn Baby Burn isFirst lines: Mr. MacInerney drives way too slow, which is weird for a man who spends his life running into burning buildings, p. 1.
Burn Baby Burn is another finalist for the National Book Award (NBA) for young people’s literature, but that may not mean a whole lot to you if you don’t know what the NBA is. The easiest way to explain it is it’s an award given to American writers by other writers or experts in the literary field such as librarians, critics, or booksellers. The winner in each of the four categories (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature) receives $10,000. Ten thousand dollars!!! They also become a member of the National Book Foundation, and more importantly get all the publicity that comes with having won the award.
I loved this book! It takes place in 1977, and though Medina did an amazing job of capturing many details of that time, I felt like it could be taking place right now. And that is why I think Burn Baby Burn deserves the NBA recognition and possibly medal. Medina was able to connect this reader with a year I wasn't even alive in, and help me see that history is not just dates and names. History is fluid connecting all of us together whether we are aware of it or not. And we really should make an effort to be aware of it. 1977 New York was miserable. Miserably hot, miserably bankrupt, and miserably in the dark, literally due to a blackout, and to the identity of a serial killer calling himself Son of Sam. This is the backdrop the protagonist, Nora Lopez, is trying to understand her life. She's turning 18, might be interested in going to college, and has a terrifying home life. Luckily there are some amazing characters in this book that will not let her face life alone. What a awesome book! ...more
First line: The fox felt the car slow before the boy did, as he felt everything first, p. 1.
I wasn’t going to read Pax. I read the back cover and sawFirst line: The fox felt the car slow before the boy did, as he felt everything first, p. 1.
I wasn’t going to read Pax. I read the back cover and saw the words “heartbreaking” and “heart-wrenching” and decided – Nope, I’m not going to read about a doomed animal. Then the National Book Award finalists (NBA) were announced, and there was Pax with it’s lovely earth tone cover. Fine, bring on the pain and anguish.
First lines: How did they find us so fast? Behind me, the catacombs echo with angry shouts and the screech of metal. My eyes dart to the grinning skulFirst lines: How did they find us so fast? Behind me, the catacombs echo with angry shouts and the screech of metal. My eyes dart to the grinning skulls lining the walls. I think I hear the voices of the dead, p. 1.
I pre-ordered A Torch Against the Night as soon as I finished An Ember in the Ashes and I enjoyed the long, slow torture of waiting for its arrival. So far the series has been brimming with action, suspense, mystery, and fantasy. Tahir's fantastical world is one of sorrow, magic, and a generous helping of death.
"Once upon time," the strange voice says, "a girl and a boy tried to escape a city of flame and terror. In this city, they found salvation half-touched by shadow. And there waited a silver-skinned she-demon with a heart as black as her home. They fought the demon beneath a sleepless spire of suffering. They brought the demon low and escaped victorious. Pretty tale, is it not?"
There are two more books following, but publication date is not for a long while off, 2018. Sigh, more torture. ...more