Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Wall by Peter Sis

Peter Sis, acclaimed author and artist of many distinguished books including Starry Messenger, Tibet Through the Red Box and Madlenka, introduces his latest work which describes and illustrates his upbringing in Communist Czechoslovakia during the Cold War. It is a world of political indoctrination and compulsory government loyalty. As a child and teenager, Peter loved art and music but all of this was banned and censored in his country. He secretly painted and taped the Beatles, longing to be free. Peter studied painting and filmmaking at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and the Royal College of London before coming to the US in 1984 to follow his dreams. This is a Caldecott Honor book and Robert F. Sibert Medal winner, an interesting and enlightening read for both children and adults.

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Stephenie Meyer's fourth installment in the intense love triangle of Bella/Edward/Jacob is almost here! Reserve your copy of Breaking Dawn today!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Book Survivor Update

Two more books were voted off!

-Dr. Franklin's Island by Ann Halam
A science fiction novel about two girls who get transformed into animals.

-Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
A junior high boy tries to deal with his little brother who was recently diagnosed with cancer and his busy life at school.

Only 6 titles left! Don't let your favorite get knocked out!

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Climbing the Stairs

Vidya is 15 and wants to go to college, unusual for a Brahmin girl growing up in British India during World War II. She doesn't pay much attention to the world war at first, finding the struggles for India's independence more interesting. When she discovers her father is working with the freedom fighters, she is spellbound and wants to join the group. Purely by chance, she and her father end up in the middle of a protest and her father is terribly injured by the police. Vidya is devestated and despondent over the subsequent move to her grandfather's house. Here the men and women live seperately, and Vidya can sense her cruel aunt planning to marry Vidya off as soon as possible. When Vidya breaks the house rules and finds solace in the library on the men's floor, she finds choices begin to open up for her and the change that continues to find her can be dealt with in different ways, even by a young girl with limited freedoms.

Climbing the Stairs is a fascinating novel. The setting is vividly described and you will cheer for Vidya and rage against her suffocating family members. Vidya's brother, Kitta, deserves a story of his own (could we see a companion novel?). This book will appeal to readers who want a love story, who like exotic settings, who enjoy coming-of-age stories, or who enjoy great fiction. I can't recommend it enough!