Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo

I don’t know how, but DiCamillo has done it again. In The Magician’s Elephant you will find a beautiful tale of “what if’s” and impossibilities. Upon her death, Peter’s mother exacted a promise of him. He agreed to always care … Continue reading

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Snow Angels by James Thompson

Despite a plot that stretches the bounds of credulity, Snow Angels by James Thompson fields a solid first entry for a new police procedural series starring Inspector Kari Vaara. It’s kaamos, the darkest time of the year above the Arctic … Continue reading

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Stitches by David Small

When David was eleven, a family friend noticed a bump in his neck. Three and a half years later he would finally have the lump removed. Despite being told he was fine, two surgeries left David with only one vocal … Continue reading

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I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb

Oliver Watson is not your typical eighth grade student. He is actually a genius well on his way to world domination, and incidentally, unspeakably evil as well. Naturally, in order to protect himself, he must pretend to be a moron … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: the Authorized Adaptation by Tim Hamilton

Anyone who has read the original text of Fahrenheit 451 is familiar with the central themes of censorship, governmental manipulation, blind faith, and betrayal. Anyone who hasn’t and doesn’t have time can benefit by reading Hamilton’s adaptation. In the 2009 … Continue reading

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Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie

Sleeping Murder is a true Agatha Christie classic and one of my favorite mysteries featuring Miss Jane Marple. Even though it was written during WWII, it was the last Miss Marple mystery to be published, appearing in 1976, the year … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?

Brian Fies’ graphic novel Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? looks at technology and visions of the future throughout the 20th century, as seen through the eyes of a boy and his father. It begins in 1939, at the … Continue reading

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The King of King’s County by Whitney Terrell

Starting at a young age, Jack Acheson observes first-hand the development of Kings County, a fictionalized Johnson County, KS. Jack’s father, Alton Acheson, capitalized on the plans to build I-35 by buying property along the future highway, mostly through manipulation … Continue reading

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The Information Officer by Mark Mills

The Information Officer by Mark Mills, a spoonful of mystery certainly makes the history go down a lot more easily. Normally, just the mention of a book set in WWII on the island of Malta would make me decide to … Continue reading

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