About a year ago, the Marvel Comic Moon Girl got a lot of positive press because its heroine is a young girl of color and because it was revealed that Lunella Lafayette, aka Moon Girl, is perhaps the smartest character in the Marvel Universe, outshining intellects such as Tony Stark and Reed Richards. Lunella is a science/math/engineering wunderkind and a fourth grader. She is also bored at school, friendless, and, in her opinion, deeply misunderstood by most of the people in her life, including but not limited to parents and teachers. The cool thing about these Moon Girl books, and […]
How to Train your Dragon: Something about this novel doesn’t work for me. I think it has to do with the fact that movies absolutely moves me to tears every single time I see it. I find it incredibly touching and incredibly heartfelt and loving and wonderful. This book is fine and all, but it just doesn’t have that same heart to it. Not even a little bit in comparison. I think part of the problem is that the movie does such a good job of bringing the outsider status of the dragons into play and we root for their […]
not contained in this children’s novel. A few weeks back someone reviewed the weird train book from Stephen King’s The Wastelands that provides a creepy atmospheric mythos to the journey at the heart of the longer novel. In a strange way, this little children’s book, which you COULD conceivably read to children if you wanted, does the same thing. Three things that Elena Ferrante writes a lot about are lost kids (metaphorically and literally), dolls, and shoes. This book has all three, but the lost child is through implication of her longer novel, the narrator is the doll, and the shoes […]
“Running ain’t nothing I ever had to practice. It’s just something I knew how to do,” explains Castle “Ghost” Cranshaw from Jason Reynolds’s National Book Award finalist Ghost (2016) when he comes across a track practice on his meandering run home from school one afternoon. A seventh grader, Ghost also has “a lot of scream in him” that has resulted in many altercations at school that have put him on a path to delinquency. Read the full review.
I actually thought this was a different Tobias book when I started reading it, but it’s okay because I still really like this one. Just have to wait a bit longer for the one I thought this was. Which is apparently #23. Dammit, Ashley’s brain! It doesn’t actually change too much of what I wanted to say about it, though. And this book has confirmed something for me. As a kid, Marco was my favorite. I thought he was hilarious. But as an adult, it’s sweet, lonely, conflicted Tobias who’s the character that appeals to me the most. The Change […]
There are actually 12 books in the Wolves Chronicles, but when I was a kid I only read six of them, and these were the six that I recently reread and am reviewing: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Black Hearts in Battersea, Nightbirds on Nantucket, The Stolen Lake, The Cuckoo Tree, and Dido and Pa. The series takes place in alternate timeline in 1800s England (in this timeline, James II was never deposed in the Glorious Revolution, and so throughout the books his descendants sit on the throne of England. The other main difference is the number of wolves in […]
My pleasure while reading Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog (2014) just could not be contained as evidenced by the Cheshire grin plastered on my face from the beginning to end of this novella. Related in free verse from the perspective of Jack through dated entries that span a school year, Love That Dog is quite charming and delightful. Read the full review.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 5 Stars I can’t believe I’m finished. Seven audiobooks in four months! Part of me is happy that I stopped reading the series when the movies came out because I don’t think I would have been a fan of the adaptations . And so we have Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows or, JK Rowling Continues to Kill her Darlings. Again decade old spoilers for the book and movies. The WW2/ Nazi dictatorship similarities are strong in this one: muggle-born registries, persecuted people going in to hiding, loyalists to the regime being put into positions […]