{book} fly by night

Hopefully we will be seeing more and more of guest: N to the point she will have a regular “column” with clever name and logo and everything. This would be a really good thing. It is always good to see her and it was a pleasant surprise when she sent me the file for today’sContinue reading “{book} fly by night”

another Hardinge

“Just between you and me,” Mosca whispered, “radicalism is all about walkin’ on the grass.” (Fly Trap, 337) Reading Frances Hardinge’s books are a dangerous proposition. I recommend them to everyone aged 10 and up. In Lost Conspiracy there is colonialism, cannibalism, and genocide. In Fly By Night there is religious/political terrorism, atheism, and bookContinue reading “another Hardinge”

do what you must

I’m not sure helicopter parents would let their children read this one, so I recommend helping the poor kids out and sneak them a copy! A wonderful read for children and adults alike! I think Frances Hardinge and/or Adrienne Kress fans would like Ms. Tanner. ~ L’s comment on Museum of Thieves at goodreads.com MuseumContinue reading “do what you must”

Cohagan and The Lost Children

Found this one browsing the Library shelves with the daughter. Was caught by the title and the ominous looking building. And then there were the 387 pairs of gloves. The Lost Children by Carolyn Cohagan Aladdin (Simon&Schuster) 2010. 313 pages (hardback). Josephine Russing owns 387 pairs of gloves. She’s given a new pair every weekContinue reading “Cohagan and The Lost Children”

one; two one-fourths; one third; and a half.

I read one book this weekend and started three; and Natalya and I are continuing Frances Hardinge’s The Lost Conspiracy. ** One:  The book read and finished in a sitting was Kazu Kibuishi‘s Copper (Graphix; 2010). The book is shelved in Children’s Non-Fiction Art section with their graphic novels and comics. Copper is a collectionContinue reading “one; two one-fourths; one third; and a half.”

A take on Story (Lore)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers, 2009. 279 pages. Grace Lin’s Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a charming read.  I have had a lot of excellent reads lately.  I am now almost anxious when I open another book knowing that at someContinue reading “A take on Story (Lore)”

a Find

The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge HarperCollins, 2009. Ages 10 & Up. 576 pages. The Lost Conspiracy:  576 pages are daunting for me. But for Frances Hardinge, the attempt is worth it. I figured I would try to divide up the book by chapter or page number, determined to get through and make time onContinue reading “a Find”


I am currently working through two books, or three if the one with Natalya in the evenings counts (which I suppose it does). Natalya and I are reading Frances Hardinge’s Fly By Night. This book is one of my favorites of all time. I read it a couple years ago and I have been waitingContinue reading “z-to-k”