Saturday, May 23, 2015

Reading - I'd Know You Anywhere

I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman



Eliza Benedict, a 38-year-old married mother of two living in suburban Maryland, receives a letter from Walter Bowman, the man who kidnapped her the summer she was 15 and is now on death row. The narrative shifts between the present and that long ago summer, when Eliza involuntarily became a part of Walter's endless road trip, including the fateful night when he picked up another teenage girl, Holly Tackett. Soon after Walter killed Holly, Eliza was rescued and taken home. Eliza must now balance a need for closure with a desire to protect herself emotionally. Walter wants something specific from her, but she has no idea what, and she's not sure that she wants to know. All the relationships, from the sometimes contentious one between Eliza and her sister, Vonnie, to the significantly stranger one between Walter and Barbara LaFortuny, an advocate for prisoners, provide depth and breadth to this absorbing story.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Reading - Big Nate: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Big Nate: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? by Lincoln Peirce

A Junior Comix



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Reading - Tom Gates : Extra Special Treats ( ... Not)

Tom Gates : Extra Special Treats ( ... Not) by Liz Pichon

A Junior Fiction

 
  

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Reading - The Very Picture of You

The Very Picture of You by Isabel Wolff



At thirty-five, Gabriella “Ella” Graham is a successful portrait artist in London. She captures the essential truth in each of her subjects’ faces—a tilt of the chin, a glint in the eye—and immortalizes it on canvas. But closer to home, Ella finds the truth more elusive. Her father abandoned the family when she was five, and her mother has remained silent on the subject ever since. Ella’s sister, Chloe, is engaged to Nate, an American working in London, but Ella suspects that he may not be so committed. Then, at Chloe’s behest, Ella agrees to paint Nate’s portrait.

From session to session, Ella begins to see Nate in a different light, which gives rise to conflicted feelings. In fact, through the various people she paints—including an elderly client reflecting on her life and a woman dreading the prospect of turning forty—Ella realizes that there is so much more to a person’s life than what is seen on the surface. And as her portraits of Nate and the others progress, they begin to reveal less about their subjects than about the artist herself.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Reading - Tom Gates: Excellent Excuses (and Other Good Stuff)

Tom Gates: Excellent Excuses (and Other Good Stuff) by Liz Pichon

 A Junior Fiction





Sunday, April 19, 2015

Reading - The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him.

Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead? And then there are being such as ghouls that aren't really one thing or the other.

The Graveyard Book won the Newbery Medal and the Carnegie Medal and is a Hugo Award Winner for Best Novel.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Reading - Three More Wedgie-Powered Adventures in One (Captain Underpants)

Three More Wedgie-Powered Adventures in One (Captain Underpants) by Pilkey. Dav

A Junior Fiction