The Book Thief

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The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Age: 11 +

Interests: history, WWII, war, Germany, Jewish history, Holocaust, orphans, strong girls More

Hello, I’m Back!

Once again into the fray, dear friends!

How’ve you been? Whatcha been up to? Having a nice summer?

It’s been 17 months since my last post… wait, am I in a confessional? Life has been good, and busy, and trying, and interesting.

What gets in the way of blogging? In a nutshell:

1) parenting
2) dirty dishes
3) necessity of doing PAID work in order to pay bills
4) writing a novel… or two*
5) sun is shining, birds are singing
6) life

Add to that “wondering if this thing is at all worthwhile”, “wondering if people read my reviews”, “wondering how many of these visits are actual real people”, etc.

And what has brought me back to this blog?

1) the desire to share some lovely new reads
2) a new ANGLE and a brand new PROJECT!

Of course I haven’t stopped reading during the last seventeen months, so I’ve got lots of books to write up here, a tremendous backlog actually.

And here’s the thing… I’ve had a new project percolating in my head for a while now and I think this website is as good a place as any to roll it out. Still formulating its exact nature and form, but suffice to say it will centre around HISTORY… and books, and movies, and education, and kids, and parents, and teachers…

I’ve said too much. For now.
Onward and upward.

And it’s nice to see you again!
cheers!
k

shadowwrack.indd* sequels #2 and #3 to my first novel Eldritch Manor: Shadow Wrack was released December 2015 and Darkling Green will be released December 2016.

Miss Hickory

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1947

Miss Hickory

by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

illustrated by Ruth Gannett

Age: 8+

Interests: toys, dolls, nature, animals, birds, seasons, Christmas, religion

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Amos Fortune, Free Man

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Amos Fortune, Free Man

Elizabeth Yates

illustrated by Nora S. Unwin

Age: 9 +

Interests: history, American history, biography, slavery, racism, religion

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The Lantern Bearers

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The Lantern Bearers

by Rosemary Sutcliff

illustrated by Charles Keeping

Age: 12 +

Interests: history, British history, war, violence, Vikings, Romans, slavery

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… And Now Miguel

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… and Now Miguel

by Joseph Krumgold
illustrated by Jean Charlot

Age: 8 +

Interests: coming of age stories, farming, family, siblings, New Mexico, sheep, religion, responsibility

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Up a Road Slowly

Up_a_Road_Slowly_coverNEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1967

Up a Road Slowly

by Irene Hunt

Age: 10+

Interests: strong female characters, coming of age, adolescence, family, romance

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Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 2008

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village

Laura Amy Schlitz

illustrated by Robert Byrd

Age: 10+

Interests: history, medieval history, British history, theatre, theatrical plays

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Nose to the Grindstone for 2015 (yeowch!)

I have been absent, apologies for the lack of reviews recently. Besides the usual distractions of the Christmas season, I have a novel due to send to my publisher, which has taken up a lot of my time lately. (For more about that please see my “official author website”.)
Once I send that off (any day now), I’ve got to start writing the next one, which will be due later this year.
And if that wasn’t enough, my computer has recently slipped into a coma and until it is nursed back to health I’m stuck with tapping away on an iPad, which is nrathermcnhdhjjkckmdn, if you know what I mean.
(Happily I am a fanatic about backing up, so manuscript is safe, thank goodness!)
Despite all busy-ness however, I have been reading up a storm, still working my way through the list of Newbery and Carnegie Medal Winners. So whenever I find a little time, I’ve got plenty of reviewing to catch up on. This year I should be able to finish reading all the Newbery titles – 64 down, 28 to go – if I can locate copies of them all. (Hallelujah for Interlibrary Loans!)
That’s my outlook on the year ahead, returning whenever I can to this blog because it really is a labour of love. I hope you will check in from time to time and let me share my finds with you!
All the best for 2015!

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

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Crispin: The Cross of Lead

by Avi

Age: 9 +

Interests: history, medieval history, British history, adventure, action, violence, orphans, politics, religion

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