Monday, May 24, 2010

The Girl Who Cased The Moon

I recently had the pleasure of reading The Girl Who Cased The Moon. This is the third novel by Sarah Addison Allen. The moment I began reading the story I was enchanted with it, I could not put it down. I was looking for a good book to read, and I found it. The story combines some of my favorite elements; to start a nice story, a little bit of mystery, add to that a bit of magic and don't forget the cake. Combine all these ingredients and you have me hooked. Curious yet? The story follows a young girl back to her Mom's hometown to live with a grandfather she never knew. From there the story unfolds into a magical tale, that you can't help but be drawn into. I'm trying not to give anything away, but I highly recommend that if you are looking for a nice story this is it. If this book is not available check out her other books, Garden Spells, and The Sugar Queen, both are available at the library.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (Teen Book Review)

This teen novel takes place after "Shiver" and continues the story of Sam and Grace. Sam is a werewolf that shifts depending on the temperature which in Minnesota is very unpredicatable (this sounds alot like New England!). After many years of shifting, a werewolf becomes a wolf permenantely. Sam saves Grace from the wolf pack when she is young and watches her grow up. He falls in love with her and eventually gets the courage to meet her. Sam is worried that it will be his last summer as a human.

WARNING: This contains spoilers if you haven't read Shiver.
Sam has shifted back to human, despite the belief that this should have been his last summer. Meanwhile, Grace has been very ill and she worries that she might be finally become a werewolf. (hello irony) Sam also has to deal with three new werewolves that were former rock stars. If they are recognized in town, it could mean alot of trouble. In addition, Grace's parents don't like Sam very much. Told from alternating points of view, Maggie smoothly transitions between the characters and gives them their own style. Cole is a wonderful addition to the cast. He compliments Isabele, Grace's friend, well and their banter reminds me of old Bogart movies. In my opinion, this book was better than Shiver. Look for it at your library this July.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"The Eraserheads" by Kate Banks

"The Eraserheads" by Kate Banks is a delightfully imaginative picture book from the author of "Max's Words". An owl, pig, and crocodile eraser take a journey through whatever a boy draws on paper. Luckily they can erase the scary parts! There are many funny instances such as when the Owl is stranded on an island full of animals, he erases the tiger's teeth. The message is kind and didactic: "We all learn from our mistakes" It is a good read aloud for storytime and timely due to the popularity of Japanese erasers.