At the beginning of the novel, where an epigraph might appear, is a note from the author, explaing that Uglies was shaped by a series of email exchanges between Scott Westerfeld and author Ted Chiang about his story “Liking What You See: A Documentary”.
At the end of Ted Chiang’s collection Stories of Your Life, [...]
The word ‘goodish’ entered my vocabulary thanks to an observation that Carol Shields makes of two female friends in The Republic of Love. (General increased usage of -ish also ensued.)
“They love the word ‘goodish,’ as in goodish sunsets, goodish travel bargains, goodish men.”
The title and cover of Suzanne Sutherland’s When We Were Good brought that to [...]
At first glance, readers might not spot similarities between J. C. Carleson’s The Tyrant’s Daughter (2014) and Gabrielle Prendergast’s Audacious (2013).
Knopf – Random House, 2014
Laila, the 15-year-old daughter of an assassinated dictator, flees to North America with the aid of authorities who recognize the family’s vulnerability with shifting political power in their [...]
Nine months before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, Claudette Colvin, fifteen years old, stayed in her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama.
It was March 2, 1955, but in the intervening years, this story has been all-but-forgotten. Phillip Hoose‘s work is essential reading.
Based on fourteen lengthy [...]
Admittedly, I chose There’s an Owl in the Shower because I had read Jean Craighead George’s classic My Side of the Mountain.
I knew of her reputation for including ecological and environmental themes in the stories she has written for children.
But when I realized that it had been published in 1995, inhabiting that curious space [...]
As if it wasn’t enough to take The Ramayana and present it in images, this volume retells the ancient epic through the eyes of a woman. This is Sita’s Ramayana.
House of Anansi, 2011 Artwork by Moyna Chitrakar
The original Sanskrit text is attributed to the poet Valmiki, and it is comprised of 24,000 verses which [...]
When I was a girl and allowed to choose my own books for a special occasion, I always selected an anthology. If I’d spotted a book like Rotraut Susanne Berner’s The Winter Book, it would have been a shoe in.
First, my choice was practical: they were larger books.
(Well, if someone is buying you [...]
Nearly two weeks ago, author Susan Vande Griek and illustrator Karen Reczuch took home the $10,000 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction for Loon.
Groundwood – House of Anansi, 2011
This post’s title comes from the jury’s description of the book, and the cover alone, with its rich, tapestry-like image, declares that this bird [...]
Pamela Porter’s backlist landed all-of-a-piece on my TBR with I’ll Be Watching.
Groundwood Books – House of Anansi, 2008
Yellow Moon, Apple Moon is aimed at the earliest readers. It provides a lovely transition-from-board-books option.
[Next on my Pamela Porter list, if you're curious, arranged in order of readers' ages: Sky (prose, 8-12) and The Crazy Man (free [...]
Rigoberta Menchú Tum is telling the stories of her Mayan girlhood in The Girl from Chimel.
Groundwood – House of Anansi, 2005
(So it turns out that you can discover a Nobel Peace Prize winner by reading a storybook, by dabbling in the backlist of a favourite indie press.)
Although born into poverty in [...]