Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tee-shirts for readers

Thanks to Tricia for this link to Wonder-Shirts! I already have this tee-shirt of Lilly on a stack of books with eight of her best friends, reading, but now I want to get a few more shirts. Maybe I'll have to buy dozens of these shirts, like the one by Edward Gorey below. I love some of these designs! Who else wears bookish tee-shirts? Anyone?

Maybe you don't know many 67-year-olds who wear shirts like this, full of books and reading, but I really DO wear my book shirts, often. One of mine says, "I'm a bookie." Two, of different colors, say BOOK BUDDIES beside a stack of embroidered books ... okay, this was because I owned a bookstore by that name, and I still use the name Book Buddies occasionally. You are invited to check out my newest blog for readers ... Book Buddies.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Watch this spot

Coming soon to a computer near you !!!
Reviews of two books:

Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote

The Fur Person by May Sarton

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Four-Legged Friends

The Four-Legged Friends reading challenge is in memory of Sandy, Kailana's best friend of 12 years, who recently died. That's Sandy in the photo. Kailana brought Sandy home on September 20th, so we have a short lead time, but five months to complete the challenge. Read books that have an animal as the main character or an animal who plays an important enough role that you remember it afterwards. They do not have to believable, but the animals do have to be real, as in, no dragons. Kailana counts The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks, for example, because the dog in it makes the book one of her favorites. The aim is to honor our pets (even if they don't have four legs), and length doesn't matter ... reading a picture book of Bambi to your child or grandchild counts. The most outrageously fascinating thing Kailana added to her "rules" was this:
My suggested food while you are reading? Baby carrots. I used to munch on carrots and never really think to give them to Sandy, but she loves them! So, baby carrots turned into half the bag for me and the other half for her. Actually, that's what I did with her for her last night. I ate carrots with her. She did not eat a lot, but I think baby carrots will always remind me of her.
Her last "rule" is that we tell something about our pets in our introductory post. I have had a number of pets ... turtles, puppies, fish, kitties, salamander, and a hamster named Herman, for example ... but the ones I have bonded with have mostly been cats.

When I was nine years old, a neighborhood boy and I were splashing in rainy puddles when a bedraggled kitten found us. My mother said it looked like a drowned rat (well, mouse ... the kitten was very small), and Micky's mother wouldn't let him bring it into their house. After due consideration, Mother decided to let me keep the kitten. I named her Duchess, and she slipped right into our family like she had always belonged there and grew to be very regal indeed, a beautiful soft gray cat with white paws and a white spot below her chin that moved like a dog's tag when she walked. Duchess had her first litter of kittens in my drawer on top of my socks and underwear; it must have been the softest place available to her at the time. When I was in high school, we rode the regular city buses to school and home again in the afternoon, yet Duchess was always at the bus stop to meet me. How did she know which of the buses that ran every 20-30 minutes all day would be the one I rode? I don't know, but her internal clock was set and there she was, waiting to walk home with me. One part of this challenge is dedicated to the memory of Duchess.

Hmm, I was going to tell you about Duchess, Pippa, Jack, and Kiki in this post. But I think I'll tell you about the others when I post my book reviews. Since I'm about to finish a book about a dog named Merle and one about a gentleman cat, I already have two books for my list.

1. Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog ~ by Ted Kerasote ~ dedicated the memory of Pippa
2. The Fur Person ~ by May Sarton ~ dedicated to the memory of Jack
3. Cat's Eyewitness ~ by Rita Mae Brown and her cat Sneaky Pie Brown ~ dedicated to Kiki
4. Goldie (The Puppy Place Series #1) ~ by Ellen Miles ~ dedicated to the memory of Herman
5. Sign-up for this challenge ~ dedicated to the memory of Duchess

Click on a title to read my review of the book.
The list of participants can be found HERE.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Books by Patricia Polacco

I have read eight books for children, written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco, and I want to share them with you.

Do you know about Ukrainian Easter eggs? That's what Rechenka's Eggs (1988) is about. Babushka, known for her exquisite hand-painted eggs, finds a wounded goose, takes her home, and names her Rechenka. When the goose is ready to try her wings again, she accidentally breaks all of Babushka's lovingly crafted eggs, which were intended for the Easter Festival in Moscva. But the next morning Babushka awakens to a miraculous surprise, and for thirteen days Rechenka lays one marvelously colored egg a day to replace those she broke. On the last morning Rechenka leaves behind one final miracle in egg form before flying away with the other geese. Rated: 8/10, a very good book.

Mrs. Katz and Tush (1992) is a passover story about a cat with no tail, which leaves her tush showing. Larnel Moore, a young African-American boy, and Mrs. Katz, an elderly Jewish woman, develop an unusual friendship through their mutual concern for an abandoned cat. But I was most impressed that Polacco has this odd pair exploring the common themes of suffering and triumph in each of their cultures. Rated: 8/10, a very good book.

Pink and Say (1994) is the story of Pinkus Aylee (Pink) and Sheldon Curtis (Say) during the Civil War. The wounded Say is rescued by Pink, who carries him back to his Georgia home where he and his family were slaves. While the frightened soldier is nursed back to health under the care of Pink’s mother, Moe Moe Bay, he begins to understand why his new found friend is so adamant on returning to the war: to fight against "the sickness" of slavery. Moe Moe Bay is killed by the Confederate Army, and both boys are taken to Andersonville prison, where Pinkus Aylee dies. Say survives and passed along the story of Pink and Say to his daughter Rosa, Patricia Polacco’s great-grandmother. The book was written so Pinkus Aylee, the former slave, will be remembered. Rated: 10/10, couldn't put it down.

Chicken Sunday (1992) is a tale of friendship, delicious fried chicken dinners, and Miss Eula's hat. "When we passed Mr. Kodinski’s hat shop, Miss Eula would always stop and look in the window at the wonderful hats. Then she’d sigh and we’d walk on." The children run into trouble when they try to raise money to buy that hat for Miss Eula. What finally works is selling Ukrainian eggs! Rated: 9/10, an excellent book.

In My Ol' Man (1995) Polacco recalls the special summer spent in Michigan with her yarn-spinning father and a magic rock. When Da loses his job, her brother Ritchie is sure the magic rock will help them, and in a way it did. Da writes a story about the rock and submits it to the local radio station, which then hires him to write stories of magic, hope, and dreams to be broadcast on the air. The illustrations are especially good in this one. Rated: 9/10, an excellent book.

Thank you, Mr. Falker (1998) is Polacco's way of thanking the teacher who helped HER to read. She says, "This story is truly autobiographical. It is about my own struggle with not being able to read. ... I remember feeling dumb." And now this girl, who couldn't learn to read and was teased about it, now writes and illustrates books for children. She has always known that words had power, those on the page that she so wanted to unravel and those from a bully who made her fearful of going to school. Rated: 10/10, couldn't put it down.

Welcome Comfort (1999) is about a little fat boy who became Santa Claus. Let me back up a bit. One day the children were being mean to Welcome Comfort, and he ran back inside the school. There he ran into the janitor, another fat person, who assured the orphaned Welcome, that someday his "substantial" size would "come in real handy." He also told him, "Believing is seeing." And the book is all about believing. Rated: 8/10, a very good book.

Trisha can hardly wait for the relatives to arrive at her house for a family reunion. When Lightning Comes in a Jar (2002) tells us about something new that Gramma has planned for this year. And all the cousins take part in gathering lightning and putting it in a jar. Okay, you've figured it out by now, haven't you? Haven't you? "Every year, the family rituals are the same: A great feast with at least a gazillion different kinds of Jell-O, a croquet game (no one can ever agree on the rules), and best of all, storytelling time, when all the great aunts pull out the family photo albums and try to top one another with their fantastic memories." The illustrations are some of the best of Polacco's I've ever seen. Rated: 10/10, couldn't put it down.

Outmoded authors challenge

The Outmoded Authors Challenge (Sept 2007 - Feb 2008) explores authors kicked out of the "in" crowd. There are at least four authors on the list that I'd like to read: Sarah Orne Jewett, D. H. Lawrence, Malcolm Lowry, and May Sarton.

My choices:
Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs, 1896
D. H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, 1928
Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano, 1947
May Sarton, The Fur Person, 1957

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-Thon

Dewey at The Hidden Side of a Leaf is sponsoring a 24-hour Read-a-Thon on Saturday, October 20th. You read as many hours as you are able, with some planning to keep reading the whole day. I couldn't do it, but more power to them, I say! Dewey is also looking for cheerleaders willing to encourage the readers ... and for promoters like me who will tell everyone to come see what's happening. There will also be prizes. To sign up as a reader, as a cheerleader, as a giver of prizes, as a promoter, click HERE

Saturday, September 15, 2007

More Than You Know ~ by Beth Gutcheon

Title, author, date of book, and genre?
More Than You Know, by Beth Gutcheon, 2000, fiction

What made you want to read this book?
A friend recommended it a couple of years ago, and it's a book about Maine, making it an excellent choice for Book around the States.

Summarize the book without giving away the ending.
The place is Dundee, on the coast of Maine. The time is the present ... and the time WAS 1848. This book has two intertwined stories: Hannah Gray returns to Dundee and tells a story about Conary Crocker, the love of her life; Claris Osgood lived on nearby Beale Island, a hundred years earlier. And there's that abandoned schoolhouse. This novel bridges two centuries, two mother-daughter relationships, and two tragic love stories. Well into the book we begin to understand that someone in the 19th-century story has become the very unquiet soul haunting the 20th century.

What did you think of the main character?
Really, there are two: Hannah has a passionate and painful story of true love and loss: the story of a ghost that appeared in her life, and in the life of Conary Crocker, the wild and appealing boy who loved her. Claris got married in Dundee a hundred years earlier, and her marriage was a very unhappy one.

Did you think the story was funny, sad, touching, disturbing, moving?
That "unquiet spirit" or ghost was not as scary as I had expected it to be, from reviews I had read.

What did you like most about the book?
I enjoyed the setting, being in Maine, learning the islands were often settled first, before the land itself, because it was easier to sail to the islands.

What did you like least?
I would have enjoyed one story at a time, probably the one about Claris and her unhappy life. The novel is essentially two stories of doomed love and its consequences for future generations. In 1858 Claris Osgood defies her parents and marries taciturn Daniel Haskell, moving with him to the island where, too late, she discovers her new husband's narrow-minded religious fundamentalism and corrosively mean personality. The marriage produces two children, but becomes increasingly rancorous. It will end in murder.

What do you think will be your lasting impression of this book?
I think I'll remember Claris.

How would you rate the book?
Rated: 8/10, a very good book

A Wrinkle in Time ~ by Madeleine L'Engle

Title, author, date of book, and genre?
A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle, 1962, YA speculative fiction

What made you want to read this book?
After posting the story of Madeleine L'Engle's death, I got A Wrinkle in Time from the library and read it that same evening. But then I couldn't write the review. I guess I'm in mourning. This morning I decided I really MUST do this so I can move on to the other books I should have already reviewed. Okay, so I've gotten started, thanks to my handy-dandy book review outline.

Did it live up to your expectations?
My first reaction: Well, of course it did, since I've read it before! On second thought: I was surprised this time by what seemed to be missing, things like cell phones and computers which, of course, were not yet the ubiquitous items they are today. But I was also overwhelmingly pleased with what WAS in the book.

Summarize the book without giving away the ending.
The article below, that I posted from AP, does that quite nicely:
Wrinkle tells the story of adolescent Meg Murry, her genius little brother Charles Wallace, and their battle against evil as they search across the universe for their missing father, a scientist. The brother and sister, helped by a young neighbor, Calvin, and some supernatural spirits, must pass through a time travel corridor (the "wrinkle in time") and overcome the ruling powers on a planet with a totalitarian government reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984.
Meg is 12, the twins Sandy and Dennys are 10, and Charles Wallace is 5. Calvin O'Keefe, 14, goes with Meg and Charles Wallace to find their father.

Which character could you relate to best, and why?
Meg and I are both the oldest of our siblings, so I relate best to her. However, I find Charles Wallace to be the most interesting, though he's so young he does things I didn't want him to do. Well, Meg didn't want him to do those things, either. On the other hand, in some ways I relate best to Calvin O'Keefe (see the quote below).

Were there any other especially interesting characters?
Oh, yeah! Three of them: Mrs. Whatsit was the comforter, an interesting allusion to the Holy Spirit, in my opinion. A Wrinkle in Time exposes readers to the words of great thinkers, as Mrs. Who quotes Pascal, Seneca, Shakespeare, the Bible, Euripides, Dante, and others. Mrs. Which is so ephemeral she shimmers ... and doesn't quite appear.

What did you like most about the book?
I like the fact that Madeleine L'Engle never, ever talks down to children. She assumes children know a lot more than most adults seem to think.

Share a quote from the book.
Calvin: "I'm not alone any more! Do you realize what that means to me?"

"But you're good at basketball and things," Meg protested. "You're good in school. Everybody likes you."

"For all the most unimportant reasons," Calvin said. "There hasn't been anybody, anybody in the world I could talk to. Sure, I can function on the same level as everybody else, I can hold myself down, but it isn't me."
No wonder I have always liked Madeleine L'Engle!  She understands!  See what I wrote in March.

Share a favorite scene from the book.
Meg is talking with her mother (pp. 46-47 of a paperback copy):
"I like to understand things," Meg said.

"We all do. But it isn't always possible."

"Charles Wallace understands more than the rest of us, doesn't he?



"I suppose because he's -- well, because he's different, Meg."

"Different how?"

"I'm not quite sure. You know yourself he's not like anybody else."

"No. And I wouldn't want him to be," Meg said defensively.

"Wanting doesn't have anything to do with it. Charles Wallace is what he is. Different. New."


"Yes. That's what your father and I feel."

Meg twisted her pencil so hard that it broke. She laughed. "I'm sorry. I'm really not being destructive. I'm just trying to get things straight."

"I know."

"But Charles Wallace doesn't look different from anybody else."

"No, Meg, but people are more than just the way they look. Charles Wallace's difference isn't physical. It's in essence."

Meg sighed heavily, took off her glasses and twirled them, put them back on again. "Well, I know Charles Wallace is different, and I know he's something more. I guess I'll just have to accept it without understanding it."

Mrs. Murry smiled at her. "Maybe that's really the point I was trying to put across."

"Yah," Meg said dubiously.

Her mother smiled again. "Maybe that's why our visitor last night didn't surprise me. Maybe that's why I'm able to have a -- a willing suspension of disbelief. Because of Charles Wallace."

"Are you like Charles?" Meg asked.

"I? Heavens no. I'm blessed with more brains and opportunities than many people, but there's nothing about me that breaks out of the ordinary mold."
How would you rate the book?
Rated: 10/10, a book I couldn't put down.

Read Madeleine L'Engle's Newbery Award Acceptance Speech

and her Acceptance Speech upon receiving the Margaret Edwards Award from the ALA.

Now read what her former neighbor says about her!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

'A Wrinkle in Time' author L'Engle dies

by CARA RUBINSKY, Associated Press Writer
Fri Sep 7, 2007

Author Madeleine L'Engle, whose novel A Wrinkle in Time has captivated generations of schoolchildren and adults since the 1960s, has died, her publicist said Friday. She was 88. L'Engle died Thursday at a nursing home in Litchfield, said Jennifer Doerr, publicity manager for publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

The Newbery Medal winner wrote more than 60 books, including fantasies, poetry and memoirs, often highlighting spiritual themes and her Christian faith.

For many years, she was the writer in residence and librarian at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City.

Although L'Engle was often labeled a children's author, she disliked that classification. In a 1993 Associated Press interview, she said she did not write down to children.

"In my dreams, I never have an age," she said. "I never write for any age group in mind. ... When you underestimate your audience, you're cutting yourself off from your best work."

A Wrinkle in Time — which L'Engle said was rejected repeatedly before it found a publisher in 1962 — won the American Library Association's 1963 Newbery Medal for best American children's book. Her A Ring of Endless Light was a Newbery Honor Book, or medal runner-up, in 1981.

In 2004, President Bush awarded her a National Humanities Medal.

Keith Call, special collections assistant at Wheaton College in Illinois, which has a collection of L'Engle's papers, said he considers her the female counterpart of science fiction author Ray Bradbury because people loved her personally as much as they loved her books.

"She was tremendously important initially as a children's book author, and then as she wrote meditative Christian essays, that sort of expanded her audience," he said. "She spoke exactly the way she wrote, very elegant, no nonsense, crisp, and deeply spiritual."

Wrinkle tells the story of adolescent Meg Murry, her genius little brother Charles Wallace, and their battle against evil as they search across the universe for their missing father, a scientist.

The brother and sister, helped by a young neighbor, Calvin, and some supernatural spirits, must pass through a time travel corridor (the "wrinkle in time") and overcome the ruling powers on a planet with a totalitarian government reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984.

A Wrinkle in Time exposes readers to the words of great thinkers, as its characters quote Shakespeare, the Bible, Euripides, Dante, and others.

L'Engle followed it up with further adventures of the Murry children, including A Wind in the Door, 1973; A Swiftly Tilting Planet, 1978, which won an American Book Award; and Many Waters, 1986.

A Ring of Endless Light, 1980, is part of another L'Engle series, the Austin family books. In all, there were nine Austin books from 1960 to 1999, and eight Murry books from 1962 to 1989, many featuring a grown-up, married Meg and Calvin and their children.

Among L'Engle's memoirs are The Summer of the Great-Grandmother in 1974, about life at the family home in Connecticut. The great-grandmother is L'Engle's own mother; the story deals with L'Engle's memories and emotions as her mother dies at age 90.

After Harry Potter mania swept the world of children's literature, A Wrinkle in Time was often cited as a precursor or, for frantic Potter fans, something to read while waiting for their hero's next installment.

L'Engle told Newsweek in 2006 that she had read one Potter book and, "It's a nice story but there's nothing underneath it. I don't want to be bothered with stuff where there's nothing underneath."

Born Madeleine L'Engle Camp in 1918, L'Engle graduated from Smith College in 1941 and worked as an actress in New York City. There, she met her future husband, Hugh Franklin, an accomplished stage actor who became known later for his portrayal of Dr. Charles Tyler on the soap opera "All My Children."

In 1945, her first book, The Small Rain, was published; she and Franklin married the following year. They moved to Connecticut in 1951 and for several years, the couple ran a general store to make ends meet.

They had a son, Bion, and two daughters, Josephine and Maria. The couple had adopted Maria after her parents, who were friends of theirs, died.

The family later moved back to New York; Franklin died of cancer in 1986. Her son died in 1999 at age 47.

Associated Press writers Polly Anderson in New York and John Christoffersen in New Haven contributed to this report.

A short post with a link to the NYT obituary:

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Buttonhole books

What are your favorite "buttonhole" books, the ones you urge passionately on friends, colleagues, and passersby?

Jodi Picoult usually comes to mind first when a friend asks for a suggestion in fiction. I've read all her books except the 13th, and my favorites are Songs of the Humpback Whale and My Sister's Keeper. You may like others best, so browse ALL of Jodi Picoult's books on her web site. Another great thing about her is that EVERY time I've emailed her, she has written back. That is so nice!

If someone wants a book about Christianity, I highly recommend The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith by Marcus Borg. In this book, Borg explains the difference between what he calls the earlier paradigm, as understood by fundamentalists and literalists, and the emerging paradigm espoused by those who have struggled with their faith in a scientific world. Read chapter one from this book and see what you think about it.

Speaking of meeting the author ~ see my previous post ~ I not only met Marcus Borg, but got to hear him speak about this book. We asked lots of questions. Now I want to meet Jodi Picoult, if her American tours would only bring her SOUTH occasionally.

Newbery Project

Remind me never to say "NO MORE CHALLENGES" again. Doing so must challenge the universe to produce reasons why I should join yet another one. This time I'm blaming Dewey because, through her, I learned that the Newbery Project is indefinite, that I've read a bunch of the books already (21, to be exact), and that I really LIKED those books. And you know what that means, don't you? It means after saying, "No more challenges! No more challenges!" that I also said, "I'm in."

Members of the Newbery Project will read and post about Newbery winners. That's it. No time period, no number agreed upon, nothing to make me back away from it. So here's a list of the Newbery Medal Winners:

2007 The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron
2006 Criss Cross, by Lynne Rae Perkins
2005 Kira-Kira, by Cynthia Kadohata
2004 The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread, by Kate DiCamillo
2003 Crispin: The Cross of Lead, by Avi (I've met the author)
2002 A Single Shard, by Linda Sue Park
2001 A Year Down Yonder, by Richard Peck (I've met the author)
2000 Bud, Not Buddy, by Christopher Paul Curtis (I've met the author)
1999 Holes, by Louis Sachar
1998 Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse
1997 The View from Saturday, by E. L. Konigsburg (I've met the author)
1996 The Midwife’s Apprentice, by Karen Cushman
1995 Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech
1994 The Giver, by Lois Lowry
1993 Missing May, by Cynthia Rylant
1992 Shiloh, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
1991 Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli
1990 Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry
1989 Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices, by Paul Fleischman
1988 Lincoln: A Photobiography, by Russell Freedman
1987 The Whipping Boy, by Sid Fleischman
1986 Sarah, Plain and Tall, by Patricia MacLachlan
1985 The Hero and the Crown, by Robin McKinley
1984 Dear Mr. Henshaw, by Beverly Cleary
1983 Dicey’s Song, by Cynthia Voigt
1982 A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers, by Nancy Willard
1981 Jacob Have I Loved, by Katherine Paterson
1980 A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-1832, by Joan Blos
1979 The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin
1978 Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
1977 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
1976 The Grey King, by Susan Cooper
1975 M. C. Higgins, the Great, by Virginia Hamilton
1974 The Slave Dancer, by Paula Fox
1973 Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
1972 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, by Robert C. O’Brien
1971 Summer of the Swans, by Betsy Byars
1970 Sounder, by William H. Armstrong
1969 The High King, by Lloyd Alexander
1968 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, by E. L. Konigsburg (I've met the author)
1967 Up a Road Slowly, by Irene Hunt
1966 I, Juan de Pareja, by Elizabeth Borton de Treviño
1965 Shadow of a Bull, by Maia Wojciechowska
1964 It’s Like This, Cat, by Emily Neville
1963 A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle (I've met the author)
1962 The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare
1961 Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell
1960 Onion John, by Joseph Krumgold
1959 The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare
1958 Rifles for Watie, by Harold Keith
1957 Miracles on Maple Hill, by Virginia Sorenson
1956 Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham
1955 The Wheel on the School, by Meindert DeJong
1954 …And Now Miguel, by Joseph Krumgold
1953 Secret of the Andes, by Ann Nolan Clark
1952 Ginger Pye, by Eleanor Estes
1951 Amos Fortune, Free Man, by Elizabeth Yates
1950 The Door in the Wall, by Marguerite de Angeli
1949 King of the Wind, by Marguerite Henry
1948 The Twenty-One Balloons, by William Pène du Bois
1947 Miss Hickory, by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
1946 Strawberry Girl, by Lois Lenski
1945 Rabbit Hill, by Robert Lawson
1944 Johnny Tremain, by Esther Forbes
1943 Adam of the Road, by Elizabeth Gray Vining
1942 The Matchlock Gun, by Walter Edmonds
1941 Call It Courage, by Armstrong Sperry
1940 Daniel Boone, by James Daugherty
1939 Thimble Summer, by Elizabeth Enright
1938 The White Stag, by Kate Seredy
1937 Roller Skates, by Ruth Sawyer
1936 Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink
1935 Dobry, by Monica Shannon
1934 Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women, by Cornelia Meigs
1933 Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze, by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
1932 Waterless Mountain, by Laura Adams Armer
1931 The Cat Who Went to Heaven, by Elizabeth Coatsworth
1930 Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, by Rachel Field
1929 The Trumpeter of Krakow, by Eric P. Kelly
1928 Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon, by Dhan Gopal Mukerji
1927 Smoky the Cowhorse, by Will James
1926 Shen of the Sea, by Arthur Bowie Chrisman
1925 Tales from Silver Lands, by Charles Finger
1924 The Dark Frigate, by Charles Hawes
1923 The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, by Hugh Lofting
1922 The Story of Mankind, by Hendrik Willem van Loon
Click on a title to read my review of the book.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Readers Imbibing Peril, RIP-2, challenge

This is simply not my cuppa tea, but just out of curiosity, I decided to read Carl V.'s list of books in Grave Times: The R.I.P. Challenge Finale Newsletter from last year. Whoa! I've read some of these books! Moreover, I have some of these books on my TBR pile. Wait, wait, this is messing with my mind. Maybe I should investigate this challenge, after all. Here are the rules:
R.I.P. II is a September 1st through October 31st celebration of all tales gothic, eerie, creepy, and dark. Tales that one reads in the dark of night, experiencing delicious shivers of terror and suspense at each creak of the floorboards or each gust of wind. As in previous challenges the definition for what type of books fit into this category will be very broad. I would venture to say that there is something for everyone that could count as a R.I.P. book.
Okay, so I'll try Just a Bit of Peril:
Peril the Fourth (otherwise known as Just a Bit of Peril): Some of you wonderful readers, or would-be readers, may have a tendency to shy away from this genre, thinking it is just not your cup of poisoned tea. However, it wouldn’t be a challenge if I wasn’t challenging you. This peril is for those of you who want to take a chance. Simply choose one book that you feel meets the criteria for Readers Imbibing Peril II and, well, imbibe it!
One book. Okay, got it. Ummm, I'll list more than one, just in case I decide to step up to Peril the First, which says: "Read four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose." Who knows? Maybe I'll RIP right through these books! Mwah-ha-ha-ha-hah!

My list for consideration:
1. Coraline ~ by Neil Gaiman
2. The Hot Zone ~ by Richard Preston
3. The Man in the High Castle ~ by Phillip K. Dick
4. The Martian Chronicles ~ by Ray Bradbury
5. The People's Act of Love ~ by James Meek
6. The Secret History ~ by Donna Tartt
7. The Shadow of the Wind ~ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
8. Something Wicked This Way Comes ~ by Ray Bradbury
9. A Stir of Echoes ~or~ I Am Legend ~ by Richard Matheson
10. Strange Happenings ~ by Avi
11. The Thirteenth Tale ~ by Diane Setterfield ~ also on my Saturday Review of Books list
12. Woman on the Edge of Time ~ by Marge Piercy