Book Review: I, Coriander

Book Review: I, Coriander

Author: Sally GardnerPublication date: March 1, 2007 It is night, and I have lit the first of seven candles to write my story by. My name is Coriander Hobie, and I have a great many things to tell–of silver shoes that tempted me and an alligator most rare; of London, the home of my childhood, and another, stranger land, one that I thought only existed in dreams; and of an ebony box whose treasure only now am I beginning to understand. The box was once my mother’s, but its secrets were meant for me. This being my story and a […]

Posted September 27, 2009
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Graphic Novel Reviews: Hatt..

Graphic Novel Reviews: Hatter M and Mad with Wonder

*Please note that these graphic novels are a spin-off of The Looking Glass Wars series, so the review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.* I have been a long time fan of The Looking Glass Wars series, so I was really excited to take my love for this series into a different medium. The first thing I did upon opening these novels was take a minute to fully appreciate the artwork. It is simply breathtaking. My attention was captured by its sketchy style, layers of textures and colors. It is interesting to note that most of the colors […]

Posted September 25, 2009
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Graphic Novel Review: Mad w..

Graphic Novel Review: Mad with Wonder

*Please note that these graphic novels are a spin-off of The Looking Glass Wars series, so the review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.* I have been a long time fan of The Looking Glass Wars series, so I was really excited to take my love for this series into a different medium. The first thing I did upon opening these novels was take a minute to fully appreciate the artwork. It is simply breathtaking. My attention was captured by its sketchy style, layers of textures and colors. It is interesting to note that most of the colors […]

Posted September 25, 2009
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Book Review: When the Whist..

Book Review: When the Whistle Blows

Author: Fran SlaytonReleased: June 2009Description from GoodReads: Jimmy lives in Rowlesburg, West Virginia, during the 1940s. He does all the things boys do in the small mountain town: plays a mean game of football, pulls the unforgettable Halloween prank with his friends in “the Platoon,” and promises to head off into the woods on the first day of hunting season— no matter what. He also knows his father belongs to a secret society, and is determined to uncover the mysteries behind it! But it is a midnight encounter with a train that shows Jimmy the man his father really is. […]

Posted September 22, 2009
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Author’s Corner w/ Fr..

Author’s Corner w/ Fran Slayton

This week I am happy to welcome Fran Slayton, the author of When the Whistle Blows: ____________________ How long have you been writing? Did you always want to become a writer, or did it just happen? I remember writing poetry and fiction in the fourth grade as well as in middle school. In high school and college I always seemed to be writing essays for my classes, rather than doing any real creative writing. I wanted to be a doctor back then, not a writer. But then I really, really didn't like my pre-med classes in college. So after thinking […]

Posted September 21, 2009
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Book Review: Willow by Juli..

Book Review: Willow by Julia Hoban

Willow by Julia Hoban I have to admit, when I first heard the buzz about this book, I sort of passed it by. Not to say I didn’t think the book sounded good – but the subject is one that is very sensitive and part of my own personal history. Willow is a cutter. Her parents were killed in a car accident while she was driving and she blames herself for their deaths. She lives with her brother and his wife and daughter now and she consistently feels that she is a burden that was forced upon them. Everything changes […]

Posted September 18, 2009
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Book Review: Wake

Book Review: Wake

Author: Lisa McMannReleased: 2008Summary from GoodReads: Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people’s dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power. Preface: To be honest, I went into this book very hesitantly. When this book was first released, me and some of my then co-workers had a book club of sorts, and one of the members had independently read this book. She basically said she did not like it, was […]

Posted September 18, 2009
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Book Review: Give Up the Gh..

Book Review: Give Up the Ghost

Author: Megan CreweReleases: September 15, 2009Summary from GoodReads: Cass McKenna much prefers the company of ghosts over “breathers.” Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody… and Cass loves dirt. She’s on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school. But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass’s whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees. As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim’s life, she’s surprised to realize he’s not so bad–and he […]

Posted September 16, 2009
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