Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Salon: Week in Review #11

What I Reviewed at Becky's Book Reviews

Close to Famous. Joan Bauer. 2011. Penguin. 240 pages.
The Teacher's Funeral. Richard Peck. 2004. Penguin. 208 pages.
The Giver. Lois Lowry. 1993. Houghton Mifflin. 180 pages.
Come Juneteenth. Ann Rinaldi. 2007. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 256 pages.
The Small House at Allington. Anthony Trollope. 1864. 752 pages.
The Night Bookmobile. Audrey Niffenegger. 2010. Harry N. Abrams. 40 pages. 

What I Reviewed At Young Readers

Henry Huggins. Beverly Cleary. 1950/2000. HarperCollins. 160 pages
Bedtime for Frances. Russell Hoban. Illustrated by Garth Williams. 1960/1996. HarperCollins. 32 pages.
A Baby Sister for Frances. Russell Hoban. Illustrated by Lillian Hoban. 1964/1992. HarperCollins. 32 pages.
Bread and Jam for Frances. Russell Hoban. Illustrated by Lillian Hoban. 1964/1992. HarperCollins. 32 pages.
A Birthday for Frances. Russell Hoban. Illustrated by Lillian Hoban. 1968/1995. HarperCollins. 32 pages.
Best Friends for Frances. Russell Hoban. Illustrated by Lillian Hoban. 1969/1994. HarperCollins. 32 pages.
A Bargain for Frances. Russell Hoban. Illustrated by Lillian Hoban. 1970/1992. HarperCollins. 64 pages.

What I Reviewed At Operation Actually Read Bible

Hearts Aglow. (Striking a Match #2) Tracie Peterson. 2011. Bethany House. 368 pages.
A Heart Most Worthy. Siri Mitchell. 2011. Bethany House. 384 pages.
Pinocchio. Carlo Collodi. Translated by Emma Rose. Illustrated by Sara Fanelli. Candlewick Press. 192 pages. (Collodi's Pinocchio was published in 1883.)
O Love That Will Not Let Me Go: Facing Death With Courageous Confidence in God. Edited by Nancy Guthrie. 2011. February 2011. Crossway Books. 160 pages.
Bathsheba. (The Wives of King David #3) Jill Eileen Smith. 2011. Revell. 350 pages.

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DesLily 5:41 AM  

question: can The Small House at Allington be read as a stand alone without reading the others in that series?

Becky 9:27 AM  

DesLily, yes, I think it can. While characters from previous books make cameo appearances in this one, they're very small--very minor--roles. Most of the characters are new anyway, so it would be perfectly okay to start here.

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