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More reading, again...

As usual, I read a bunch of books designed for kids and young adults over the fall semester. A Cool Moonlight was a book I found in T.’s shelf when his books moved here from his dad’s house. I have no idea where it came from, but I liked it in spite of its lack of capital letters. It’s about a girl who is allergic to sunlight and how she copes using her imagination.

My continued work through the collected works of Joan Aiken resulted in the reading of two more of her books, The Witch of Clatteringshaws and Midwinter Nightengale. I always enjoy her characters because they have a solid sort of personal integrity that other writers might make look like simple eccentricity. Her plots are exciting, if far-fetched, and make for a happy hour or so of reading.

Judy Moody was another find in T.’s shelf. I read it and found it funny, but did not need to keep it. I gave it to Opal.

Opal, in turn, loaned me Utterly Me, Clarice Bean, which made me laugh out loud. I would give the book as a gift for sure. It’s clever and fun, both in writing and layout.

Elizabeth got me hooked on Hilary McKay. I read Saffy’s Angel, Indigo’s Star, Permanent Rose, Caddy Ever After, and Forever Rose. A wonderful unconventional family full of love and chaos finds its way through a variety of events and near-disasters. The books are the kind that restore my equilibrium after a horrible day. Go forth and read them.

I have a thing about Louisa May Alcott. Her books inspired me as a kid and probably form the roots of my hippie world view, not to mention my sense of practical Christianity. The Quiet Little Woman is a book with a couple of short stories for Christmas. While not her best work, they do touch on the essential values of kindness and love and hard work.

I swiped Bud, Not Buddy from Syd, who seems to have swiped it from one of his teachers. Entirely worth larceny. The Newberry committee made a good choice here in selecting a book about a kid who finds his place in the world and his place in an unconventional sort of family.

Ronia the Robber’s Daughter is a book I got in Sweden while I was under the influence of the amazing children’s literature museum. It’s kind of a Romeo and Juliet story, but with robber clans, camping, horses, and a happy ending. Not my favorite, but not bad either.

It is always a treat to get new books. When Elizabeth shows up and hands me books, I know I have good times at hand. Graceling is a book about the most kick-ass girl ever. It was awesome. I want to read it again, but I have to go to work instead. A Drowned Maiden’s Hair was also completely satisfying, beginning with the traditional orphan and ending with a happy family, but the stuff in the middle is not at all what one would expect. Loved it.

The last batch tomorrow!


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 31st, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for giving me good ideas for my daughter's ninth birthday!
Jan. 1st, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
Always glad to turn out helpful! If you investigate the Joan Aiken angle, start with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase because it is the first in the series. You are a good mom-- I always wanted more books for my birthday!!!!!!
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