{comics} good literature

Jane, the Fox & Me by Fanny Britt, and artist Isabelle Arsenault translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou Groundwood Books, 2013. orig. Jane, le renard & moi (Les Éditions de La Pastèque, 2012) Hélène has been inexplicably ostracized by the girls who were once her friends. Her school life is full of whispers and lies — HélèneContinue reading “{comics} good literature”

{book} 9 Reasons to read The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano illustrated by Sophie Blackall Viking (Penguin) 2013. 9 Reasons to Read The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield #1  The Premise: Alexander Baddenfield is a horrible boy—a really horrible boy—who is the last in a long line of lying, thieving scoundrels.  One day, Alexander has an astonishingContinue reading “{book} 9 Reasons to read The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield”

{book} flying the dragon

I am going to start out my ‘reader response’ with a few worries about the book, but I adore the book, so stick around. Skye and Hiroshi are cousins, but they’ve never met. How could they, when Skye’s father hasn’t spoken to his Japanese family since before she was born? But now their grandfather isContinue reading “{book} flying the dragon”

8th grade super zero

8th Grade Super Zero by Olugbemisola  Rhuday-Perkovich Arthur A. Levine Books, 2010 Hardcover, 336 pages Ages 10-14 (for best results) Thought this looked interesting and thought I would give it a try…and it is on my 2010 concenter list. Glad I did, I could not put this one down. Reginald Garvey McKnight would have preferredContinue reading “8th grade super zero”

Kat, Incorrigible

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011; Hardcover, 295 pages. Nineteenth Century England is not the place to be practicing magic. In this prim and proper world, twelve-year-old Katherine Ann Stephenson is at a loss: Her sister, Elissa and Angeline, have recently entered Society and now gossip incessantly in whispers; herContinue reading “Kat, Incorrigible”