Another gem from Inga Moore! Captain Cat is a marvelous story that reads like a classic but has a freshness that tells you it's brand new. This is a bAnother gem from Inga Moore! Captain Cat is a marvelous story that reads like a classic but has a freshness that tells you it's brand new. This is a book to cozy up and read together -- one kids will pull off the shelf again and again. As always, Moore's illustrations are luminous, and her cats? Even this dog lover thinks they're divine....more
Eleanor & Park is, in the TRUEST sense, a love story. It's a book about absurd love, absent love, heartbreaking love, betraying love, and (finallyEleanor & Park is, in the TRUEST sense, a love story. It's a book about absurd love, absent love, heartbreaking love, betraying love, and (finally) life-altering love -- the kind that feels so thrilling, fulfilling, and utterly all-consuming that you're afraid to even consider the possibility of it lasting. Most importantly, it's about REAL love, between two seemingly real people.
I'm hard-pressed to find any real flaws in the way Rainbow Rowell has drawn these two characters, or the way she's painted the others around them. They are about as real and multi-dimensional as actual people I've known, and it's that fact that really won me over and drew me in.
You *want* real, GOOD people to get over the kinds of sh*t that life throws at them, and you want the same thing for Eleanor. You *want* real people to get up, get out, move on, get help, get better, get over it -- and you want the same thing for her family (stepdad and father excluded). And you also *want* the world to be filled with families as good-hearted, well-intentioned, and wonderfully imperfect as Park's.
The magic of this book lies in its ability to make you, the reader, crawl inside the skin of its characters and fully inhabit them for the length of their story. I found myself wanting to physically harm a couple of characters in this book -- an instinct that books (and, thankfully, life) rarely arouse in me -- and openly hug several others. It was an emotional roller coaster ride, but the highs and lows were believable and the plotting thoughtfully restrained.
There is, in fact, relatively little that happens in this book. Two teenagers fall in love and deal with their own everyday sh*t until the sh*t hits the fan. That's pretty much it. But the realism of that experience, and the nuanced beauty that accompanies it, makes their journey so visceral, so memorable, and so REAL that it's easy to see why so many readers are falling under its spell.
I loved this love story, and it's one I think we'll still be talking about several years from now. Think John Green (witty teens) meets E. R. Frank (gritty, sh*tty situations) only... more real.
Give this one to fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower. OR anyone who came of age in the 80's. Unless they're fans of Hall & Oates or Foreigner....more
Want to raise kids who embrace curiosity, thrill in discovery, appreciate science, and care about ethics? Hand them this book. Warm, wise, and wonderfWant to raise kids who embrace curiosity, thrill in discovery, appreciate science, and care about ethics? Hand them this book. Warm, wise, and wonderfully accessible, The Fourteenth Goldfish is, on the surface, the entertaining story of an 11 year-old whose grandfather has found a way to reverse aging and is now forced to attend middle school alongside her. But dig a little deeper and you'll find this novel is a rich invitation for readers to explore and ponder big questions about the world and our place in it. Kids should come away with increased appreciation for and/or interest in science, genetics, discovery, experimentation, scientists (e.g. Salk, Curie, Oppenheimer), the history of medicine, and much, much more.
As I read this book I kept thinking of titles that would complement it perfectly! Here's a handful:
For a book with a similar tone, try When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead.
For another book in which a cantankerous old man teaches his granddaughter to love science, try The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly.
For another book about the role of aging and importance of the life cycle, try Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.
For a nonfiction book about scientists conducting experiments on themselves, try Guinea Pig Scientists: Bold Self-Experimenters in Science and Medicine by Mel Boring and Leslie Dendy.
Come back to me when you've exhausted this list and need more! ; )...more