**spoiler alert** I chose to read this book because I had seen other librarians reviewing it on the Yalsa-book listserv. The fact that it is narrated**spoiler alert** I chose to read this book because I had seen other librarians reviewing it on the Yalsa-book listserv. The fact that it is narrated by death drew me in initially but I have to admit I didn’t know what it was about. It was also in the Top Ten Books for Young Adults for 2007 and was a Michael Printz award finalist. The Book Thief starts out slow and for the first 50 pages or so I thought about switching to another book. However, I continued reading and my efforts were well worth it. The story, which is narrated by Death, follows the girl Liesel Meminger from her first encounter with death as her brother dies and she is taken to live with her new foster parents in Molching, Germany on the eve of World War II. Liesel steals books at important and tragic moments in her life in order to settle the score as her family and friends are stolen from her as well as to make sense of the tragedies and horror of war. Liesel’s foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann, her neighbor and best friend Rudy Steiner, and Max Vandenburg, the Jewish man the Hubermann’s hide in their basement for two years are wonderful, shining characters in Leisel’s life. The book, as to be expected when narrated by death, is not written in a sentimental tone, but there are many poetic moments that brought tears to my eyes. There were also moments of brevity as death wryly comments on life and the humans who struggle to hang on. This book has been marketed in the U.S. as a young adult title, but was originally released in Australia for adults. This is a book that I believe should be read by teens and adults alike, but I fear may be overlooked by many adults due to its marketing. This book is destined to become a classic in the ranks of the Diary of Anne Frank as it reveals the depths of human kindness and cruelty. ...more
**spoiler alert** This is another between the numbers book featuring bounty hunter/bail bondsman Stephanie Plum. This time she dips again into the sup**spoiler alert** This is another between the numbers book featuring bounty hunter/bail bondsman Stephanie Plum. This time she dips again into the supernatural as Diesel helps her hunt another "Unmentionable" he thinks he's a leprechaun. Stephanie's grandma Mazur "found" his bag of money and has bought a Winnebago and gone to Atlantic City to see if she can get lucky some more. Stephanie brings Connie and Lula to Atlantic City to try and bring Grandma Mazur back but it turns out the money had been stolen from the gangster Delvina. Hijinks ensue including a car wash incident and a horse in a Winnebago.
This books was pretty short, just enough for a nice afternoon read. Not the best Plum book, but enough to quench the thirst until Fearless Fourteen....more
This is the fifth book in the Outlander Series. 20 century time-traveling Claire and her 17th century Scottish husband, Jamie Fraser experience life iThis is the fifth book in the Outlander Series. 20 century time-traveling Claire and her 17th century Scottish husband, Jamie Fraser experience life in North Caroline in the years preceding the Revolutionary War. Their daughter Brianna and her husband Roger (also time-travelers) adjust to life on Fraser's Ridge as well along with their son Jemmy.
There was not a lot of plot development in this book. The major events being the battle at Alamance, which Brianna, Clare, and Roger were not aware of from the history books and the ongoing intrigue as Jamie and Roger try to find and exact revenge upon Stephen Bonnett. Despite the lack of plot development, I do enjoy the romance between Jamie and Clare and the descriptions of their every day life and the situations they find themselves in....more