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Whitney Awards

In Uncategorized on February 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm

The Whitney Award finalists for 2008 have been posted. I’ve read most of last year’s and some of this year’s and have been impressed almost across the board. Check it out if you’re looking for a good read:



Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

In Children's, Fantasy, Reviews on February 3, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Alcatraz Smedry has a problem. Well, he has lots of problems, actually, but his biggest one seems to be breaking everything he touches. He’s been that way his entire life, bouncing from one foster home to another, “cared for” by his slightly snide case worker, Ms. Fletcher. On his thirteenth birthday, Alcatraz receives a gift in the mail from his parents.

Wait a minute. If Alcatraz has parents, why is he living in a foster home?

That question and many others are answered  in this wonderful “fantasy” book by Brandon Sanderson. From breaking things to arriving late to tripping on nothing at all, many talents are used to thwart the evil librarians in their quest to take over the world and subdue the Free Kingdoms.

And not only that: Alcatraz finds his family.

Well, parts of it, anyway.

Publishers Weekly said this book is “like Lemony Snicket and superhero comics rolled into one . . .” A very winning combination indeed.

Highly recommended (along with its sequel, Alcatraz and the Scrivener’s Bones) for ages eight and up.

Not Every Book

In Random on February 3, 2009 at 3:02 pm

I’ve been debating about whether or not to review every book I read and post it here. I’ve decided against this because:

  1. I don’t have time. I read three or four books a week, which should tell you how behind on housework I constantly am.
  2. I don’t want to post “bad” reviews. That may make me sound like a biased reviewer, but I hate to think of posting something unkind about another person’s hard work. Also, reading is highly subjective. I’d hate to post something that makes a person not read a book they might have loved.
  3. I originally intended this blog to be a resource for finding a good book to read, and also for parents to find something for their kids to read if they don’t have the time to read it themselves. I think this is doable without posting every book I read.

I haven’t posted much lately because I’ve been busy with other projects, although I have several books on the docket (what’s a docket?) I hope to get up in the next few days.