"My father gave me free run of his library. When I think of my boyhood, I think in terms of the books I read."

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)

Monday, October 17, 2016

When Friendship Followed Me Home. Fiction.Realistic

When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin (F Gri)

This is a tough call, in terms of appropriate ages, because it has more to do with the life experience of a young reader. There is nothing offensive here, but it is heart-rending.

A foster boy, a lonely dog, and a dying girl are at the heart of this narrative that is filled with a series of events in their lives to keep you turning the pages. From the first page the reader is plunked down into the life of Ben, a middle-school boy, who is besotted with science-fiction, especially Star Wars. He and Holly, a most unlikely friend, form a strong friendship based at first, on reading, then, on mutual respect.

Fans of Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg (F Sil) will thoroughly enjoy this one, too!

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Evil Wizard Smallbone.Fiction.Fantasy

The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman (F She)

A bookshop was never so uninviting for this runaway.  Nick escapes from his mean uncle only to find himself stranded in a snowstorm at the door of an grumpy man, Smallbone, with his unusual ways. With no where else to go, he begins to learn the secrets of the bookshop and the powers of this demanding old man, While the townspeople seem friendly enough, they too are beholden to Smallbone in order to survive. What is everyone hiding? Why are things not what they seem?

Sherman manages to merge the suspense, but not the darkness of Philip Pullman's Count Karlstein, with the magical lightness of Anna Dale's Magical Mischief.

Recommended for Forms C & B, or anyone who loves a good magic story with some suspense thrown in!