February 2007 Archives

Couldn't Stop Reading - Elsewhere

I didn't expect to like this book. The prologue is written from the viewpoint of a dog, which I found odd.  Then, I thought the story was going to be depressing--the main character is dead after all.  And the premise doesn't match up with my view of the afterlife.  But I couldn't stop reading about Elizabeth Hall.  I kept wanting to know what was going to happen to her in this place called Elsewhere.  Was she going to get over her death?  Was Liz going to choose an avocation?  Was she going to be happy again?  Page, after page, I read on until I reached the satisfying end. 


Gabrielle Zevin has created a fascinating other world in Elsewhere.  Don't pass it up.  Read her bio at http://www.teenreads.com/authors/au-zevin-gabrielle.asp

Prepare for fun - Once Upon a Marigold

The cover of Once Upon a Marigold calls itself "part comedy, part love story, part everything-but-the-kitchen-sink" and it's true.  Jean Ferris puts us in a world of trolls, tooth fairies, and a forest where "there were dangers when the lights went out."  There's a crystal cave.  The commoner who falls in love with the princess.  The princess with a birth gift that backfired.  An evil enemy.  Loyal supporters.  An inventor.  P-mail.  Secrets revealed.  Past mysteries solved.  A quest for the ODD medal.


The story has amusing lines like this one about Edric, the troll:  "Then he . . . settled down with his briar pipe and the book of Greek myths.  Nothing like a little fratricide, patricide, matricide, and infanticide to send a fellow right off to sleep.  This book won't put you to sleep, but it may make you laugh out loud.


Jean Ferris has written many other books, which now I have to check out.  Go to her website at www.jeanferris.com to learn more about her and her writing.

Make me laugh! Thor's Wedding Day & Queen Sophie Hartley

"Humor is the most precious gift I can give to my reader, a reminder that the world is not such a terribly serious place. There is more than video games and drugs and nuclear threats; there is laughter -- and there is hope." James Howe, author.  I definitely agree, so here are two books that rate on my laugh chart.

Bruce Colville's Thor's Wedding Day (Harcourt, 2005) is told by Thialfi the goat boy.  Meet talking goats, one who holds a grudge against, Thialfi, and the gods and goddesses of mythology.  See Thor get dressed up as a bride to go marry a giant who has stolen Thor's hammer.  It's a story of mistakes and actions taken to rectify those mistakes.  It makes me smile whenever I think about it.


Meet Bruce at his website:  http://www.brucecoville.com/ and if you ever get a chance to hear him speak as I've had, don't pass it up.  He's very funny in person, too.



Queen Sophie Hartley
by Stephanie Greene (Clarion Books, 2005) is another humorous story.  This light-hearted book is fun and sweet.  8 year old Sophie is good at crying.  It's the only thing she does well.  Oh, and stopping crying.  Her "things I'm bad at" list is much longer, so Sophie decides to discover what else she's good at doing.  Along the way she learns about friendships, Queens and commoners, and how to curtsy.


You also might want to check out the sequel, Sophie Hartley, On Strike - I know I'll be reading it.


To find out more about author Stephanie Greene, read her bio, at http://www.visitingauthors.com/authors/greenestephanie/greenestephanie_bio.html.