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Recent Reads


I apologize for not having the time to write real reviews for these books, but I just want to get the list out there before I forget what I’ve read lately. I’ve been out sick this week and since I couldn’t feed my stomach, I decided to feed my brain…

Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carol Oates (what a powerful book–just as good, if not better than Big Mouth Ugly Girl)

Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen (oldie-but-goodie)

Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen (I think he is one of the best writers alive today!)

Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch: Tales from a bad neighborhood by Hollis Gillespie (talk about heart and heartache and humor and love and friendship and wackiness–this is an awesome adventure)

Cirque Du Freak: Book 1 by Darren Shan (I finally got to see what all these middle school boys are so hyped about. This starts as a fun and playful story and has quite a chilling ending. Can’t wait to see what happens to Darren in The Vampire’s Assistant)

Izzy Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voigt (We have this shelved in children’s and I really think it should be a YA book. Anyway, Cynthia Voigt just never disappoints. Izzy loses her leg in a drunk driving accident. How will she cope? How will her family cope? How will her friends cope?)

The World According to Humphrey by Betty Birney (A classroom pet, Humphrey the Hamster, becomes more than a pet when he starts making weekend visits with the students in his classroom)

A Solitary Blue (Tillerman Cycle #3) by Cynthia Voigt

A Solitary Blue (Tillerman Cycle #3) by Cynthia Voigt

Voigt, Cynthia. A Solitary Blue. Atheneum, 2003. ISBN 978-0689863608 256 pp. $


Due to the pressure of one of my amazing colleagues, and my absolute devotion to Cynthia Voigt’s books, Homecoming and Dicey’s Song, I read A Solitary Blue. This is another book in the Tillerman series, but this one focuses on the life and happenings of Dicey’s friend, Jeff. Cynthia Voigt has done it again, a moving story… both in action and emotion. Her characters have such depth and breadth and seem so real. If you are a fan of the two Tillerman focused books, you will love it when Dicey and her clan start popping up in Jeff’s story. Like Dicey, Jeff is abandoned by his mother, but in a different way. We learn here why Jeff is such an incredible character and good friend to the Tillerman family. There is so much in Voigt’s novels, it’s hard to know where to start to describe them. If you can, just read them. You won’t regret it!

I just started Shopaholic by Judy Waite and Hill Hawk Hattie by Clara Gillow Clark. Full reports coming soon!

Hi Theresa! I love the Snicket quote!