Friday, January 27, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
The middle grade book reviewed is called "The Billionaire's Curse". Just the title piques my interest!
This review is by Deb Marshall:
"Suppose you were a kid who inherited 20 billion dollars. And you inherited a murder mystery and hints of ancient magic and Arthurian Lore to go with it? And suppose you had to go live in England, on an estate in the countryside with two new best friends? Well, I can tell you now the inner twelve year old in me would be pumped! That’s why I loved this book so much, I’m sure.
Gerald, the hero in Richard Newsome’s THE BILLIONAIRE’S CURSE isn’t what I would call excited about the news of going to England to attend the funeral of an aunt he’s never met, but as everything begins to unfold (the inheritance, the mystery, the friends, a wildly cool housekeeper) he finds himself caught up in the adventure of a lifetime. Sure, there’s some pretty serious danger in that someone wants Gerald and his friends dead, but that just adds to this rip roaring good read that I’d highly recommend you give to fans of The 39 Clues, Anthony Horowitz and Rick Riordin, to name a few. The author is a master of writing fast paced, page turning scenes that will keep you guessing and at times holding your breath. The descriptions of the estate, the British Museum and a myriad of other locations including the coolest bookstore on the planet, will leave you feeling you are right there with Gerald, Ruby and Sam, seeing what they are seeing. Definitely a favorite 2012 read for me.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
At the end of the 14th century, seventeen year old Anna-Maria de Savonie is rather old for marriage. She has been hiding from society, running wild in her family’s remote castle since an unsavory incident three years ago. But wed she must. Soon. Before the end of the year. Her father, Duke of Savonie, has planned a grand tournament in which she is the matrimonial prize. It’s either marriage or the nunnery.
Cornelius didn’t give a tinker’s patch for the crown of Verdebois. He’d rather mingle with the common folk and play his fiddle, avoiding the vapid life of a courtier. But a series of suspicious deaths in his family has left him the crown, attempts on his life and the need to find a bride; none of which he desires.
Cornelius, King of Verdebois, knew he needed a strong marriage alliance, and Anna-Maria de Savonie was the most eligible, by far. Despite murky rumors about her past, he courts his neighbor’s daughter. But when she proves to be the icy princess he was warned about, the young king storms out of the castle and gallops away.
However, treachery soon strikes. Pursued by assassins, Cornelius returns to the Savonie’s castle wounded and beggared, and with an audacious proposal.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Really, could it be?
I remember the first time I saw it on a shelf of free reading books in my third grade teacher's room. I picked it up and I tried to read it. I don't remember exactly how far I got, but far enough to be confused and I ended up switching it for another a few days later. When I picked it up, years later as an adult, I had to tax my brain on several points as Ms. L'Engle introduced math and quantum physics and magic and an evil, soul-inhabiting IT that would have scared the bejeebies out of my eight-year-old self.
But it was interesting. And it was compelling. The story entwined the human story of wanting to be loved and accepted and never abandoning those we love with higher math and space/time theories I've barely rarely studied and am only able to take on faith. But what an incredible readable book for middle grade, teen or adults. I was surprised to find that there were even more books that followed Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin O'Keefe and their families. I got my hands on them and read their stories and was still amazed at all that Ms. L'Engle was able to do with her grand thoughts and basic emotions.
So Bravo! Long live books. Long live books that challenge our minds, challenge our hearts and make us search a little more for the truth within our imaginations.
And if you don't want to hear me go on anymore, here are a few quotes from other authors praising "A Wrinkle in Time." (I love Meg Cabot and Scott Westerfield!)
“A book that every young person should read, a book that provides a road map for seeking knowledge and compassion even at the worst of times, a book to make the world a better place.”—Cory Doctorow
Monday, January 16, 2012
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I needed some music therapy this afternoon. I started working part-time a couple weeks ago. But today, I had to work a split shift with a crazy picking up/dropping off of Daniel a few times with a very understanding friend/babysitter (in the pouring rain). This included transferring the car seat each time and cell phone on the low-battery. I missed several calls and almost missed a vital text.
Monday, January 2, 2012
One of the writing blogs I follow (Shannon Messenger, writingsofawannabescribe.blogspot.com) has had a Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday for a while now, where she previews/reviews middle grade fiction and gives recommendation. Thought this was cool and wanted to share. (She doesn't have one today because of a headcold that has her by the throat - literally.)
But I thought I would jump on board, since I have been reading a fun (and suspenseful) book with my 8 year old.
It is titled "Janitors" by Tyler Whitesides. It started slower than I hoped. Yet now, we are only halfway through, and I have high expectations. My son squirms at the end of each chapter and pleads for "Just one more..." every time. Yesterday we read a two in the afternoon and three chapters before bed. Then I had to read two more chapters after breakfast.
Lots O' Fun! Wanted to share! Happy Monday!