Daily Archives: February 15, 2011

Coming Soon: A Smattering of Titles

Just thought I’d give you all a heads-up on some terrific forthcoming books.

Amelia Lost by Candace Fleming
I loved the way this book is set-up first and foremost as a thriller — threaded throughout the biographical chapters are interludes detailing the communications (and lack thereof) regarding Amelia Earhart’s disappearance.  The sidebars are terrific, perfectly adding more fascinating information about flight, Morse Code, and even bloomers.  And all the shrewd PR that Amelia planned out along with those who called some of it a “racket” to make money — perfect to know that it has been going on for ever.

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
A wordless picture book involving a dog and a toy, this one is artistically outstanding.  Caldecott-level-outstanding in my opinion.  Admittedly, I’m now a dog person, but I just loved the warmth and characterization, and story-development — all wordless and all wonderful.

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
A very moving verse novel based on the author’s own family history, immigrating from Vietnam to the US.  I’m generally wary of novels-in-verse, but this one worked for me. Somewhere I saw it described as a series of prose poems which I think it is.

Orani: My Father’s Village by Claire A. Nivola
Haven’t seen any mention of this one yet, but it is a beautiful and lyrical fictionalized memoir of the author’s.

Small Persons with Wings by Ellen Booraem
Others have already had many good things to say about this book and so…ditto to what they’ve said. The voice, the plot, the characters — compelling, fresh, and very enjoyable. One thing I’d love those who have read it to comment upon — it made me think of some of Diana Wynne Jones’ domestic fantasies — where there are different generations involved and things keep going wronger and wronger — anyone else feel that?

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