Monday, July 02, 2012


Monday, July 2, 2012

This was not the book I thought it was.  It is dystopic, it is also a runaway novel, but mainly it is a book about relationships.  Skip (age 11) meets Billy (older, not identified, but old enough to pass as grandfather)on the streets as a runaway, and they bond, but only loosely as most street relationships must be....then the war happens (the aggressor is never named) and they become dependant on each other for survival.  They also pick up Max (age 6) and begin to take care of him until they can find his parents.  They make a home at an amusement park, and meet Tia (age 15) who has a newborn baby.  What they do to form their family, keep it safe and get away, is really what makes this story so good.....the relationships formed in spite of themselves.  This is a quick, but intense read.....so good


The Letter Q is a simple premise, but effective.  Writers of all sorts send notes back to themselves as when they were in middle school or high school.  The emotion and information provided is intense and will be most appreciated by teens.  I don't know if teens will pick this up by themselves, but perhaps if you leave it laying around, they will thumb through it......and perhaps, they will draw some comfort from those who have been there that it gets better.  That is really all we can do....and honestly, wouldn't it be amazing if we could really send ourselves a note of encouragement back when we really could have used it most?


Angel is a prostitute.  She didn't intend to be, and still isn't sure how it happened, but doesn't feel she has any choice any longer.  Then her john brings home an eleven year old girl, and she is becoming more and more certain that someone is stalking "working girls" and killing them.  She starts to do on behalf of Mellie, what she couldn't do for herself.....starts thinking of how she can get out of this, starts thinking of how she could, just maybe, be someone's savior, and perhaps fuel her own escape as well.  This is an intense read, made more so by the short sharp verses of the prose Leavitt created.......


Finally got around to reading this, and feel stupid for not getting to it sooner!  I really enjoyed the Percy Jackson books, and this is an amazing sequel/next chapter.  See, turns out that there are secret Roman camps as well......and Jason has been sent (minus his memories) to put together a team to save the world from another team of god-like creatures.....and to do that they need to fulfill a few prophecies, keep everyone alive and find Jason't lost memories.....not much to accomplish in four days right?  Riordan sets a manic pace and doesn't let up until the end......can't wait to read the sequel!









Safekeeping is another dystopic novel, but done differently and Oh so well.  This one has an election that puts into power a group that is determined to silence all dissidents.......and the ripples that they set off turn the US into a police state where everything can get you arrested, or dead.  Radley was in Haiti, trying to do some good work at an orphanage when she hears about all the trouble.  She comes running home, but home isn't what she thought it was.  Her parents aren't anywhere around, she has no money, and no permits for traveling.  She hikes to her home, and finds that her parents are definitely missing, and in order to stay safe, she decides to hike to Canada, which, from Vermont, isn't impossible; just incredibly dangerous.  She takes with her some of her mother's photos (she's a famous photographic artist) for the company, and sets off to hopefully find her parents and some sense of safety.

This was another intense read, and the accompanying photos add to the story so well.  This felt like something that could so easily happen, and that sense of fear and immediacy really made the story unforgettable.



This is a quick, sad, important book.  Leslea Newman writes a poetic tribute to Matthew Shepard that is truly touching and emotionally wrenching.











Daniel's grandfather has Alzheimers.......it of course makes him say some crazy things....but when some of his grandfather's old coworkers start coming around more often, and keeping an eye on him...Daniel starts to wonder, how much of what he's remembering is made up? Could his grandfather really have done all those things?  Are there people who really want him to keep silent and are angry that he's "forgotten to forget"?  This is a quick and intense read, and I can't say too much without giving it all away....but I love a book where the reader isn't sure what's real and what's delusion!


Stolen is eerily life-like......a young girl abducted from a busy airport and transported to an unknown isolated location.  He loves her, he says........he just wants to keep her safe......

This story follows the steps of a kidnap victim, the anger, the desperation, the loneliness and even how a captive can come to rely and even care for their captor......a haunting read......it totally made me grab my daughter and give her a hug.

Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, review by Nina Soukhanovskii

Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.  A Quote to Consider: “With a shiver of foreboding he saw his marriage becoming what most of...