Let's see, I've got a lot to post..some from January that I'm sneaking in here...
#21 When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton
Set in West Virginia mid 1940's -- 7 Halloweens in a row, one for each chapter, in the life of Jimmy Cannon whose father and brothers both work for the railroad. pretty short. I think I'm not the exact target audience (I tend to skim long football scenes
but I was involved enough to cry a little.
#22 Hold Still by Nina LaCour
YA. Girl's best friend commits suicide, girl finds friend's journal under her bed. I liked this book and enjoyed the characters. Lots about photography in here, too. Another one I cried at the end of. (I'm just enough of a grammar snob to notice and be slightly bothered when I end a sentence with a preposition and just lazy enough (and/or have limited internet time) to just leave it.)
#23 The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story by Susan Hill
fun. short. by the author of a series I've been reading. involves a painting that changes not quite a la Dorian Grey, but interesting.
#24 The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
I read this one and am now reading it with my 5 yo. From Amazon:
|Watching helplessly as her father is taken off to jail, Groovy Robinson, 11, is convinced that there has been a terrible mistake. When her mom admits that she turned him in because he gambled away the $25,000 savings account that Groovy's great-grandmother left her, the child shrinks into herself-disappointed, hurt, not caring about anything. Not until Groovy-now wanting to be known as Eleanor-heeds the advice of the homeless old sailor Mr. Tom does she grasp that people we love can hurt us, but that only through forgiveness can we become whole again. This first novel is peopled with three-dimensional characters whose imperfections make them believable and interesting. Groovy's big-talking, ne'er-do-well dad donates a trailer to Mr. Tom. Her beautician mom is guided by astrology, but her boundless love for Eleanor is totally grounded. And Groovy's perceptive friend Frankie is unable to grasp the real reasons that his immigrant mother left him in his stepbrother's care. The well-structured plot is underscored by clear writing and authentic dialogue, and short chapters keep the story moving. The book draws a parallel with the birds of Capistrano, and a novel that encourages understanding, tolerance, and forgiveness is as welcome as the returning swallows.
#25 Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Good stuff. Told from the point of view of a 12 yo boy with autism. lots about his relations with peers, younger brother, parents. I felt that the author was pretty perceptive, but I'm not sure how those with more knowledge of/experience with autism would feel.