An enjoyable novel that successfully balances a plot involving young Madison Sabatini's sudden and unexpected relocation to the small, economically doAn enjoyable novel that successfully balances a plot involving young Madison Sabatini's sudden and unexpected relocation to the small, economically downscale beach town of Sandyland, with an interesting subplot involving a series of strange, ghostlike apparitions appearing in the photographs Madison takes of her new surroundings. Snow's treatment of the Sabatini family's drop into misfortune never relies on stereotypes to cast those from either privileged or underdeveloped backgrounds, making Madison's internal conflicts about where she "belongs" both heartfelt and engaging. Snow also brings together her two disparate storylines convincingly and believably by novel's end, making this a very likable read.
Removed from the Turner Elementary School media-center shelves in New Tampa, FL (2008) as age-inappropriate. A parent challenged the book because the novel contains a racial epithet. The book was a 2002 Coretta Scott King Author Award recipient....more
Removed from Roosevelt High School's library and classroom in Wyandotte, Mich. (2008) because it "is too sexually explicit." The book is a nonfiction account of what life is like inside an Afghan household....more
The New Rochelle, N.Y. Board of Education (2008) announced that it would replace all fifty copies of Susanna Kaysen's memoir after school officials tore pages from the book deemed "inappropriate" due to sexual content and strong language....more
Malla Nunn's South African police novel, brilliantly -- if eerily -- set during the dominance of the National Party's Apartheid government, starts sloMalla Nunn's South African police novel, brilliantly -- if eerily -- set during the dominance of the National Party's Apartheid government, starts slowly, but builds to create a wholly enjoyable mystery, centered around the inexplicable but no-less real effort of the country's white-controlled establishment to segregate 38 million blacks from cultural and political legitimacy. As white detective Emmanuel Cooper investigates the murder of a small town's beloved Afrikaner police captain, he ultimately finds his lot to be inseparable from that of the citizens of Jacob's Rest.
The build-up to the novel's end feels too conveniently cinematic, but recovers in time for several last minute revelations that set the tone for similar novels to come. And while the institutionalization of South Africa's racial prejudice may seem like old news, American readers will have no difficulty recasting their nation's pallor toward this new, and intriguing, canvas. A very enjoyable mystery....more
This book is a companion to Gilead (King Library PS3568.O3125 G55 2004), but it's not a sequel in the traditional sense, so you don't have to have read Gilead first. Home is beautifully written and very moving. It delves into the relationships of family members, and the meaning that these relationships can have. Highly recommend....more
This is a very interesting title about the global cultural impact of Japanese toys, video games, anime and Manga. Especially good are the sections onThis is a very interesting title about the global cultural impact of Japanese toys, video games, anime and Manga. Especially good are the sections on what part of the global psyche Pokemon taps into.