August 3rd, 2010

There are three Young Readers items to take care of this week
    • Spread the Word Update
    • Young Adult Reading Group Update
    • Touch Blue Book Review
The Spread the Word Summer Reading Program, in which young customers review the books they are reading, is going strong. Among some great observations so far are Noah's comment that Pendragon: The Never War is "historic and jaw dropping." Also, Keeley relates that Fuzzy Logic "is very, very funny! I really like Bucky the Cat because he reminds me of my Cat Sammy!!" and Meghan points out that Camp Babymouse is "really good and makes sense too." There's plenty of time left to participate. Stop in and pick up some review forms or download them here.

We have two YA reading group discussions scheduled in August. The first is tonight at 6:00 for the excellent I Am The Messenger. The second session, which will feature a skype with the author, is for the outstanding novel by Madeleine George, Looks. Everyone is welcome!

Finally, Cynthia Lord's second novel is out now. Even though she's coming here to read from the book on September 18th, and even though she's a lovely person, that  doesn't mean her second novel should be spared a hard hitting, bare knuckled assessment. Unfortunately, for those looking for some literary blood letting, it turns out that Touch Blue is a wonderful book.  I mean if Goldilocks had found a pile of middle grade novels on the table at the Bear's house, rather than bowls of porridge, the returning bear family would have found her engrossed in Touch Blue rather than sleeping upstairs.  This tale set on a Maine island whose families with school age children take on a few foster children to keep their school from being shut down by the state, is the epitome of being just right, its themes of belonging, loss, isolation and perseverance conveyed by metaphoric elements, such as a blue lobster and a sailor's headstone, in a way that opens doors for readers without locking them in. The main characters, ten year old islander Tess, and her new 13 year old foster brother Aaron, stay firmly in age and character, diverging from each other at points and overlapping in others in a manner which both establishes and endears them to the reader. The book's ultimate message, that living in an imperfect environment the best way possible is the stuff of life, and that a person can belong in more than one place, and have more than one home, is subtly counterbalanced by the unredeemed character of Eben, an ugly minded island boy, whose obstinacy gives meaning the to the hard steps Aaron takes and Tess' charming relinquishment of her belief in luck. Lord's handling of foster care issues, and her rendering of remote island life, are both rich and authentic. Indeed, the legion of Lord's Rules fans will be anything but disappointed in this gentle and profound second novel.

Here they are! Our weekly picks for the two best: two hardcover, two paperback, and two children's books. The very best new arrivals to leap out of the box and onto our shelves this week. Call or email us if you want more information on any of these titles, or to have us hold you a copy. Or stop in and check them out in person. We'd love to see you. Thanks as always for sharing your reading with us!

 

I Curse the River of Time

I Curse the River of Time
By Petterson, Per
2010-08 - Graywolf Press
9781555975562 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Much excitement today for Out Stealing Horses fans as Petterson's new novel is out today. You know, somehow I think Jeg forbanner tidens elv sounds better in Norwegian than I Curse The River of Time does in English. ...More

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
By Roach, Mary
2010-08 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393068474 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Some writer's are just good company, and no science writer is more fun than Mary Roach. Her new book is out today and she's picked a great topic. ...More

A Quiet Belief in Angels

A Quiet Belief in Angels
By Ellory, R. J.
2010-08 - Overlook Press
9781590203385 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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This highly regarded literary thriller about a teenager in rural Georgia who takes it upon himself to protect his town from a serial killer targeting young girls is out in paperback today. A staff member commented about a want of balance in the genre, noting that she's "ready to write a book in which a group of innocent young girls spend their time murdering middle aged men." ...More

Modernism: The Lure of Heresy

Modernism: The Lure of Heresy
By Gay, Peter
2010-08 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393333961 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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One of the few historians who write with true flair, Peter Gay's latest is out in paperback today. Is "The Lure of Heresy" the best subtitle to come out this year? ...More

Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn
By Meyer, Stephenie
2010-08 - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
9780316067935 - Paperback
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Okay so ask me if Breaking Dawn is out in paperback yet! ...More

Ellie McDoodle: Best Friends Fur-Ever

Ellie McDoodle: Best Friends Fur-Ever
By Barshaw, Ruth McNally
2010-08 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781599904269 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Huge news here as the third Ellie Mcdoodle hits the shelves. A pet project at school veers off course. Oh No! ...More

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