Monday, March 29, 2010

Anyone Read Happyface yet?

I don't remember what reviews this got, but it was here waiting for me when I got back from PLA.  I picked it up and it looks really interesting...reminds me of Wimpy kid, but older and deeper.


Oh's by Stephen Emond

Thursday, March 11, 2010


Everyone ready for a new year of BCCLS Mock Awards?

This year I'm reading for the Printz and I just finished a book that Amy from Teaneck gave me a heads up on.
Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta.  It's definatly worth a read and I think it will be talked about when the Printz award comes around.  Not just because Marchetta won with Jellicoe Road a few years back either!

Finnikin of the Rock is a fantasy/quest novel, but Marchetta's skill with characters raised it well above the norm for this genre.  She explored questions of national identity, what defines a nationality - thier common language, thier history, or thier land.  What happens to a people without a land and the choices people make to survive, protect the people they love and to protect themselves. 

Don't hand this one to your younger precocious fantasy readers, but to your 13+ readers who are looking for more than fairytale fantasy and definatly give it a try for yourself.