Month: February 2015

I’m Giving Away Small Mercies

I’m Giving Away Small Mercies

I went out of town for a weekend, and when I got home my stack of mail included several books for review. Inexplicably, I had received two hardback copies of the novel Small Mercies by Eddie Joyce. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to learn how to do something new on the blog, so I’m…

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Ride the Lightning Thief

Ride the Lightning Thief

My daughter discovered Percy Jackson in the third grade and hasn’t read much else since. I have defended this choice, because like Neil Gaiman and education specialists everywhere (stay tuned for my article on the subject in the March issue of ParentMap), I believe that any reading is good reading. My own experience supports this.…

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A Fair Barbarian

A Fair Barbarian

Frances Hodgson Burnett’s books A Little Princess and The Secret Garden are two of my favorite childhood reading experiences. I did not find out until I was a grownup that Burnett also wrote books for grownups. I read one of her first novels, That Lass o’Lowrie’s and enjoyed it for the Victorian entertainment it was,…

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