Thursday, November 29, 2007

Hornbook Fanfare '08

Hornbook Fanfare time...

Picture Books
At Night by Jonathan Bean
The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County (!!!! So excited to see this one!)
A Good Day by Kevin Henkes
Pictures From Our Vacation by Lynne Rae Perkins
First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian (Not a surprise, is it???)
Becca at Sea by Deidre Baker
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You by Peter Cameron (I'm in the middle of this one)
Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis (!!!)
Red Spikes by Margo Lanagan
A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve
The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Again, something that's expected)
The New Policeman by Kate Thompson

Beowulf James Rumford
Bearskinner by Laura Amy Schlitz

Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian
Tap Dancing on the Roof by Linda Sue Park

May I Pet Your Dog by Stephanie Calmenson
Who Was First? Discovering the Americas by Russell Freedman (I reviewed this one not too long ago)
The Wall by Peter Sis

-----The surprising thing to me is that this is yet another 'big' list OVERLOOKING the brilliance of The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt. Really??? What were they thinking????


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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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