It's not often that even a YA picture book gets the Newberry Medal but it's very easy to see why this one did. This book was written by a librarian toIt's not often that even a YA picture book gets the Newberry Medal but it's very easy to see why this one did. This book was written by a librarian to help the children at her school learn about and having a starring role in medieval times. She wrote some 18 monologues and a couple dialogues for the children to perform. They all take place in the same village and sometimes you will find one character in another story.
The pieces themselves cover the scope of emotions felt by medieval youth, roughly ages 10-15, from poor runaways and nobility and everything in between. I loved the stories, my daugther loved the stories, even my son asked me to read them to him, and if Mike and I do another poetry reading again we will read "Jacob Ben Salomon, the Moneylender's Son and Petronella, the Merchant's Daughter" about the perspectives of a Jewish boy and a Christian girl who find a few moments of friendship.
Dana will want this on her bookshelf. Jill and Kim, as the Stateside kids grow, may consider this for their summer play and if so my kids are in!...more
This is a book group recommend. I don't really want to live in it's pages, but I think it will be one of those books that is good for a society to forThis is a book group recommend. I don't really want to live in it's pages, but I think it will be one of those books that is good for a society to force themselves to read. Will see how far I can get into it before ducking for cover. ;-)...more
I learned that there are few female heroines as annoying as Bella Swan. I also learned that an author with a great imagination can still manage to takI learned that there are few female heroines as annoying as Bella Swan. I also learned that an author with a great imagination can still manage to take her three main characters and make them all unlikable. I felt very old reading this. I wanted to ground them all. There were times when I wanted to throw this book it was so aggravating and yet I still cared about the overall story enough to want to read to the end. This book reminded me of watching a bad soap opera with enough addictive qualities you can't just turn it off, and wanting to scream at the characters "Stop that, that's stupid. Just Don't!"
That said, Meyers still continues to create a mythical world that is unique enough I wanted to learn more about it. Although her writing has not improved much (too much rush to publication, I think), magically I still cared enough for enough of the characters to wonder how it all turns out....more
I felt Meyers dropped the ball with book three. That book had a lot of repetition and, although side characters explored their pasts, I felt Meyers coI felt Meyers dropped the ball with book three. That book had a lot of repetition and, although side characters explored their pasts, I felt Meyers could never quite give them their own voices. I also hated many of the actions of the main characters. So with that in my head, I figured I would like very little about Breaking Dawn, the final book in the series. Like finishing off a bag of cookies you are too tempted to not eat and yet realize it offers nothing of value, I just wanted to finish it and have it be done -- no more addiction, nothing more to disappoint.
So, to my suprise I liked this book, in parts quite a lot, even as much as Twilight. I thought I knew everything that would happen, but there were quite a few plot twists I didn't see coming. I got a good dose of wherewolf and life from their perspective and that always makes me happy. And Bella, well, I think she finally finds her role in life and so therefore finally acquires a backbone.
I don't feel this book is for the young pre-teens that are reading it. Although tame by many people's standards, I felt quite uncomfortable reading with the demographic audience it is so popular with in mind. This is a grown up book with enough detail to the sex and gory violence that I think Meyer's establishes herself as a genuine author of both romance and horror fiction.
Breaking Dawn is Meyers twisted and addictive fairytale. I would have written it differently but I don't think anyone can say the story isn't complete....more
The newer cover is much more pleasing, so don't let the "dated" cover turn you away. Author Tamora Pierce has been around a long time and after readinThe newer cover is much more pleasing, so don't let the "dated" cover turn you away. Author Tamora Pierce has been around a long time and after reading this first book surrounding character Ally from Tortallan, I understand why she is so popular in the fantasy genre and will likely continue to be so for many, many years.
If I had to pick one word to describe Trickster's Choice it would be smart. The writing is smart, plot twists suprising, and the characters are clever as is the wit. Although this is a fantasy, the fantastical elements (with the exception of the Trickster god) blend into the background. What I found most interesting was the political and social intrigues and the descriptions of a people long under conquest rule. Pierce's strength is her ability to describe the complexities of war, rebellion, and the consequences of choosing a side to fight for with subtlety and humor. There is no dogma in this book but there is a large cast of characters to root for, mistrust, have faith in, and enjoy their quick thinking and snappy dialogue as we watch Ally, probably the brightest heroine I've read in some time, grow and ponder what she's gotten involved in and reflect on her own life her place in the world....more