Member Blogs Archive > May 2016

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    Arnold Lobel: The Anatomy of a Fable

    Sun, 22 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The genesis of the fable is unclear, but its legacy is far-reaching. The name "Aesop" is synonymous with fables, although the stories themselves and their corresponding lessons had been handed down for generations before he recorded them several hundred years B.C. They made their first appearance in printed English in 1484. It is safe to say, then, that fables are an integral part of our collective literary and cultural history. Their lessons are universal and timeless. Who among us has not been exhorted to heed the lesson of the Hare and the Tortoise and remember that “slow and steady wins Read More
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    Jeff Madison and the Curse of Drakwood Forest (Book 2) by Bernice Fischer

    Sat, 21 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jeff runs into his friend, Rhed, and Phoebe out in the woods.  He was going home until monsters he'd seen before cut him off and tried to capture him.  He tells the others to run but they aren't moving fast enough to escape.  Then a warrior shows up to defend them...Fischer Self Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.  Pick up the first one if you haven't read it yet.  I hadn't and this book reads well as a stand alone.When the Read More
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    Home On the Range: Five Writers from the American Southwest

    Sat, 21 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Deserts. The Mojave. The Sonoran. The Chihuahuan. Vast, barren, dusty landscapes with skies that seem to stretch forever, and towering, jagged rock formations cut from the scorched earth. Cacti. Heat. Sun. In other words, tough country, both in terms of its topography and culture and politics. Conflict between American settlers and Native American Indians looms large in the history of this place, as does the often tortured relationship its inhabitants experience between calling this region home and striving to get out. But as we’ve seen time and time again with this series, great conflict often breeds great beauty, and writers Read More
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    Who Broke the Teapot?! by Bill Slavin

    Sat, 21 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The kitchen is a mess.  The family is up, eating breakfast, and spilling their food.  But what really sets Mom off is the fact that her favorite teapot has fallen off the shelf and broken!Tundra Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.The two page spreads of Mom being angry and shouting are great illustrations.  You can SEE her shout and yell about the teapot.  When she questions them, they all deny touching it.  They did lots of other bad things but not that.  Read More
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    Requirements for Working on the Great American Novel

    Sat, 21 May 2016 01:40:27 Permalink
    Only in Ireland It helps to leave America, in my case anyway. Not for any political or philosophical reasons, but because there are fewer distractions in a country where hardly anyone knows you. We hung out with our friends Mick and Kathy for a few days. They run a retreat center called Sherkin North Shore […]The post Requirements for Working on the Great American Novel appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan

    Fri, 20 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Julia has a special ability to make herself invisible.  That's real handy when you're a thief.  It also works out well when she acts as a servant to spy on a household.  She doesn't want to get caught snooping...Random House Children's Knopf's Book for Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 7th.This is a dark fantasy novel about a girl and her brother and her boyfriend who all live with an older lady who provides room and board.  At the moment, they are living by theft.  They Read More
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    The Sleeping Prince: A Sin Eater's Daughter Novel by Melinda Salisbury

    Fri, 20 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Errin is just trying to stay alive.  Since her father died and her mother has turned into something like a beast, she tries to sell her herbal remedies to get enough for food.  The cabin they live in is mostly in  squalor.  She can't care for her mother, take care of the house and keep food in their mouths all at the same time.  It's a godsend when her new friend can buy some herbal remedies from her and pays her well.  But he brings trouble...Scholastic Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank Read More
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    Collecting Books with Woodcuts

    Fri, 20 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Since the eighth century in Japan, woodcuts have been used for printing textiles and paper, and later for creating illustrations in books. According to an article* from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's website, “woodcuts are produced by inking a raised surface against which a piece of paper is pressed, either manually or by running it through a press, to create an image on the paper.” Beginning in the fifteenth century, woodcuts served as illustrations in printed books, and many scholars attribute the first successful black-and-white woodcuts as book illustrations to Albrecht Dürer. By the mid-sixteenth century, woodcuts were replaced largely Read More
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    IOBA Scholarship for Book Collectors

    Fri, 20 May 2016 02:56:00 Permalink
    The Independent Online Booksellers Association is offering a $750 scholarship for book collectors to go to a book seminar.  Details can be found here.  You do not need to be a bookseller or be a member of any organization to apply.I have attended CABS and Rare Book School and recommend both. Read More
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    The Mage of Trelian by Michelle Knudsen

    Thu, 19 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Calen had no choice; he had to leave with the mage.  He hoped the others understood that but he knew they didn't.  They thought he had betrayed them.  He had to get back so he could show them he hadn't...Candlewick Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and is available now.The problem Calen has is that while he wants to get away from the mage who is controlling, he's also learning about magic and how much power he has.  He wants to learn more but he'd like to get Read More
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    Hand Over Fist by Michael Ross

    Thu, 19 May 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Martin's life has gone to hell.  His work fell apart around him, he found out his wife wasn't faithful and she took everything from him in the divorce.  The only good thing he has left in his life is his son and he has to be careful about how he handles that or she might not permit visitations.  Life sucks.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).   You can buy a copy now on Amazon.At first, it's a bit confusing because you have two characters living their own Read More
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    The Ninja Librarians: Sword in the Stacks by Jen Swann Downey

    Wed, 18 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dorrie wants nothing more than to be an apprentice librarian.  She's almost afraid they won't ask her back but she's in luck, they do.  But things have changed.  She had a teacher lined up but she gets assigned another...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you). It will be published June 7th.This story has fascinating young and old characters, time travel, enemies all through time, and danger abounds.  The travel is through libraries by using a person who can move through time and take others with them.  The library is in danger because Read More
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    The Bond Dossier: Live and Let Die

    Wed, 18 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The saying goes that an artist has his or her entire life to create their first major work, but only a few years to finish their second. It’s an adage often used to rationalize a drop-off in quality or ambition between an artist’s first two major pieces, which is an all too common occurrence. But Ian Fleming is perhaps the shining exception to this rule. Fleming’s second James Bond novel, Live and Let Die, was published April 5, 1954 and was completed just a few months before the release of the debut Bond novel, Casino Royale—in fact, some Bond scholars Read More
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    How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer by Taryn Souders

    Tue, 17 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her parents are taking a trip and she's looking forward to staying home with her girlfriends.  However, they have plans for her.  They're going to send her to camp!Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 7th.Camp isn't on her list of fun things to do, but she has no choice.  She ends up with the diva of the group of girls in their cabin.  It's a good thing Chloe met a girl she could get along with as she joined the new arrivals.  The other girl was Read More
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    John Patrick: Workaholic of the Stage and Screen

    Tue, 17 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    One evening, John Patrick revved his chainsaw on the president of a power company’s lawn. The playwright wanted to run an extra power line to his new farm in New York state. Having received nothing but a string of empty promises, Patrick decided to take matters into his own hands. So he threatened to cut down the executive’s elm tree unless his concerns were properly addressed. The playwright knew a little about getting what he wanted—he had a Pulitzer Prize, after all. Read More
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    Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

    Mon, 16 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's working at the local bar to make some money of her own and to see her old flame again.  She walked away from him in the past but it's four years later and he's looking good.  The only problem is that he already has a girlfriend...Quirk Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 7th.This is an odd little story.  It seems the bartenders have a second job, a night job.  When they aren't working at the bar, they kill demons.  They've been trained, they are good at their Read More
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    The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey

    Mon, 16 May 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    The queen is dying.  The princess is only twelve and she has no desire to be queen, but she also has no choice.  When the queen brings her a tutor he's an odd little man who answers her questions with more questions.  She has no idea what she's learning or how much until she gets in a crisis.Algonquin Young Readers and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can buy a copy now.When Jeniah surveys her kingdom with her mother, she sees a dark spot from the tower.  She's Read More
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    Birthday Girl and the Magic Tower

    Mon, 16 May 2016 02:47:11 Permalink
    The post Birthday Girl and the Magic Tower appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Storyteller by Evan Turk

    Sun, 15 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sit down with this book and visit Morocco, the desert and the people.  You even get to "hear" a folktale that has an unusual consequence for the listeners.  Listen up!Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 28th.The illustrations in this book are rich and luscious.  The colors are vibrant and you can feel the heat of the desert.  They really add to the tone of the story.A young boy asks an old man for some water.  He tells him he needs to listen Read More
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    Collecting the Legendary L. Frank Baum

    Sun, 15 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    L. Frank Baum created one of the most enduring settings in all of literature—Oz—not to mention some of our most beloved characters. What’s more, his collected works established a brand of American fairy tale that had never before been seen and has since been the inspiration and influence for countless other writers as well as for children of all ages who are looking to find their place and purpose in the world. L. Frank Baum was a master, and it’s not surprising that his works are some of the most sought-after by book collectors. What follows is a brief discussion Read More
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    Descender, Vol. 2 By Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen

    Sun, 15 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Robots fascinate me and this series is intriguing.  TIM-21 has been taken captive by a group of robots and he has been introduced to TIM-22.  The robot leader tells him they are brothers.  Since robots don't usually have much of an emotional side, that doesn't seem to matter much.Image Comics allowed me to read an ebook of this compilation for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.  If you haven't read Volume 1, buy them both.TIM-21 is enjoying the robot station and the interaction with his "brother".  His companions are pretty sure they Read More
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    Grayling's Song by Karen Cushman

    Sat, 14 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her mother is a hedge witch who works with herbs and plants and trees to make potions.  She's learning a bit as she gathers supplies for her but her mother tends to think she's feebleminded and a bit worthless.  When their home burns down and her mother gets rooted to the ground, it's up to Grayling to find out why and work on undoing the spell.  Even if she doesn't know how to do it...Clarion Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 7th.When she finds her mother's Read More
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    A Witch's Kitchen by Dianna Sanchez

    Sat, 14 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Millie just can't get her magic to work.  She tries spells and enchantments and they all backfire.  The only place she's got any "magic" is in the kitchen.  She's an excellent cook but she's not learning the witchcraft her mother is trying to teach her.  Then her grandmother, the current Baba, decides she should attend the Enchanted Forest school...Dreaming Robot Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  The book has been published so you can grab a copy now.Millie is thrilled to go school.  She can avoid her mom's lessons and her failures Read More
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    The Magic of Artemis Fowl and Eoin Colfer

    Sat, 14 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Author Eoin Colfer, best known for his Artemis Fowl series, was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1965. His parents instilled in him a love of reading at a young age. He developed an interest in writing in elementary school. Inspired by a history lesson, he began writing adventure stories featuring vikings. Colfer studied education at the University of Dublin and followed in his parents' footsteps to become a school teacher. He spent several years teaching abroad. His first book, Benny and Omar, was inspired by his time in Tunisia and published in 1998. Read More
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    Maggie Dove by Susan Breen

    Fri, 13 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maggie and her neighbor are having problems.  He wants her to move her oak tree so he has a better view out his big windows at the top of the house.  He paints and he doesn't want the tree in his pictures.  He even offers to pay for her moving it.  She refuses to and he attempts to poison her tree!Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published June 17th.Maggie is a Sunday School teacher that reminds me a bit of Miss Marple.  She's older, has her habits, and she Read More
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    Harry and Walter by Kathy Stinson, Illustrated by Qin Leng

    Fri, 13 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    This is a sweet picture book story about friendship.  Harry is four and three quarters and Walter is 92 and a half, but they both enjoy the company and play together.Annick Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.Harry is devastated when his parents decide to move.  He can't take Walter with him and he's going to miss him so much!  It's so bad Harry and Walter don't even say goodbye.  Walter stays in while they drive away.Harry can still rake up leaves Read More
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    Death at a Fixer-Upper: A Home Sweet Home Mystery by Sarah T. Hobart

    Thu, 12 May 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sam is a new real estate agent.  She is still learning the ropes and is hoping for a sale so she gets a commission to live on.  When a big old estate comes up for sale, she's excited for the opportunity.  Her son will be proud of her if she can pull this one off.Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published May 17th.This is a new series and I like Sam as a character.  Her husband deserted her years ago and her son has grown up and turned into Read More
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    Oddly Normal Vol. 3 by Otis Frampton

    Thu, 12 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Fignation isn't getting any better.  It's lucky that they have Frankie to do games because he loves them, is good at it, and his humpback brother can put him back together again.  Unfortunately, her instructor has designs on her and she doesn't want to do what he wants...Image Comics let me read this comic collection for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.This is fun series about a half-witch that doesn't fit in anywhere.  Not at home, not at Fignation.  She keeps on keeping on and trying to find her parents.When a witch Read More
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    Happy Limerick Day: A Brief History of the Limerick

    Thu, 12 May 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    On May 12 each year, the international poetry community stops to recognize a quirky, off-kilter poetic form: the limerick. Celebrated on the birthday of English artist, illustrator, and poet Edward Lear (1812-1888), the holiday pays tribute to the five-line, rhyming form and to Lear himself, who helped popularize the form throughout his career. Read More
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    Latest Folio Society Arrivals May 2016

    Thu, 12 May 2016 01:30:58 Permalink
    Latest Folio Society Arrivals May 2016 Just arrived a fine Folio Society collection; The Second World War Winston Churchill 6 Vols Folio Society 2000 6 Volume Churchill’s Second World War Folio Society First Impression No. 1046 This can honestly be called the definitive edition, using the final English texts, completely reset in Ehrhardt type, printed […] Read More
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