I do not like April Fool’s Day. I am really gullible and people know it and they are mean to me. I will be a hermit tomorrow. Sorry.
Book Review: The Twin's Daughter
When the doorbell rings one day at the Sexton household, thirteen year old Lucy answers it herself, grumbling that her household servants never do much around the house. Standing on the doorstep is her mother, dirty, disheveled, and looking wholly not herself. But the woman is not her mother. It seems that Lucy’s mother has a twin sister who, after being separated from both her parents and...
Puberty and a skin-tight yellow costume are not an ideal combination, as Scott...– Review of Sidekicks by Jack Ferraiolo in The Bulletin, Vol. 64 (April 2011)
Book Review: A Small Free Kiss in the Dark
When you’re a homeless eleven year-old named Skip, there isn’t anywhere for you to go, because all the shelters are either for women with children, or for men, which you aren’t. When you’re homeless, a runaway, you never sleep in the same place twice, otherwise someone might be able to figure out where you are and take you back to where you ran away from. Skip is asleep in a Dumpster when the...
Then I saw a huge stained-glass window. There was no building, not even a wall,...– A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard
I didn’t think we’d be allowed inside [the library] but Billy said...– A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard
The black woman looked up at me. I couldn’t tell what color her eyes...– A Small Free Kiss in the Dark by Glenda Millard
Libraries of this design, I thought, ought to be equipped with oxygen bottles...– A Red Herring Without Mustard Alan Bradley (via bookishquotes)
If you take a book with you on a journey, an odd thing happens: The book begins...– Cornelia Funke, Inkheart (via libraryland)
WOW. Here's a fun fact...
alloursongswillbelullabies: There is an elephant in the lobby of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, DC… It has no butt hole. It was so large that it was deemed too distracting for the visitors. They made the taxidermist remove it entirely.
Book Review: The Eyre Affair
I’ve joined the team over at thecanary, and here is my first review for them!! :D The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde Review by The Upsidedown Canary: Once upon a time, my best friend from college said, “This story’s about this woman who can jump into books. She fights book crime, and in one of the books in the series, she escapes this battle by jumping into a clothing label, and then...
“All this,” explained Hamlet, waving his hands at the fairly...– Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde
Reblog if you're no longer friends with someone...
thecanary asked: If only Tumblr was less of a grumble-cat when it comes to navigability. I am still at a half-way loss as to how everythingstuff works on the site. But! No worries about the email -- it's public, and hopefully, the "at" and "dot" will protect the address from the cauldron that is spam-broth, just waiting for a canary drumstick to fall into its open maw.
Started writing a book review of The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. Am 550 words in, and I haven’t even summarized it yet or gotten to the really good reviewy bits. Oooooh, boy this is going to be a tome.
Meg's Throwback Review: Into the Land of the...
» ALSO, NOW THERE’S A CONCLUSION TO THE SERIES!! AND IT’S LIKE… THREE AND A HALF INCHES THICK! thecanary: Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville It still holds up with a mighty 4 canaries! In 1994, a book came out that changed my life. No, it wasn’t one of the novels that made its way to the fiction best seller’s list of the year. (Which consists almost entirely...
Dystopian recommendations for @avoidingreality
Yesterday, my dear friend Natalie (@avoidingreality) asked me to recommend some new books to her. Rather than tweet them all in a huge giant series of tweets no one but her & our followers-in-common would see, I decided to post it here, for the Internet. Books Natalie has loved in the past: Matched by Ally Condie Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne...
Grimm fiction list for @filmaslife
Oddly enough, there’s been a small influx of Brothers Grimm fiction in the youth department. I mentioned this on Twitter the other day, to a dear friend (@filmaslife) and decided to compile a list for her here rather than in several tweets. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman Dust City by Robert Paul Weston The Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley (of course,...
CSI Discworld. Hello, excessively happy boyfriend.... →
Book Review: Emily's Fortune
After she is orphaned, young Emily makes the best of her situation, writing to her favorite aunt for a place to live. Unfortunately, the Catchum Child Catching Services have other plans - Emily must live with her closest blood relative, something Aunt Hilda is not. Instead, she is supposed to live with her money-grubbing, mustached Uncle Victor. What in the flippin’ flapjacks is...
Book Review: Dust City
In this futuristic post-fairies fairy tale world, companies mine fairy dust residue in the earth from long-ago magic to sell as minor first aid remedies. Henry seems to be the only citizen unwilling to use this somewhat makeshift fairy dust, as his mother was killed in an accident involving a truckload of the stuff. Our main character Henry’s father is the Big Bad Wolf, and when Henry...
There’s the good, which they always talk about, and then there’s the...– Dust City by Robert Paul Weston
Book Review: I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It
Alley (short for Algonquin) Rhodes lives in a world of post-humans, but that doesn’t matter to her. She’s the meanest girl in the Vicious Circle, her group of student newspaper reporter friends, and when she is asked to review one of her high school’s bands, her reputation as a mean girl is definitely not at stake. The band is absolutely horrible, right down to their name, the Sorry Marios, and...
Book Review: The Trouble with Chickens
Jonathan Joseph Tully, a retired Search and Rescue dog, is hired by worried mother Millicent to find her two missing chicks, Poppy and Sweetie – but this SAR mission is not as simple as it seems. The Trouble with Chickens is the kind of book that will make you stop and read aloud hilarious sentences to anyone nearby. Cronin has taken a very simple missing-child mystery and turned it into...
The Hob: Exclusive! 'Hunger Games' author Suzanne... →
the-hob: Dear Readers, We have found Katniss. As the author, I went into the casting process with a certain degree of trepidation. Believing your heroine can make the leap from the relative safety of the page to the flesh and bones reality of the screen is something of a creative act of faith. But after watching dozens of auditions by a group of very fine young actresses, I felt there was...
a hilarious set of campaigns from cheezburger →
I have no feelings of guilt regarding the books I have not read and perhaps will...– Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night (via excessivebookshelf)
Old female elephants are lion-fighting geniuses →
Reblog: Date a Girl Who Reads
> I’m a little late getting to this party, but I absolutely love this. I think @zephomega should read it. themonicabird: “Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve. Find a...
Remember when you watched Bambi for the first time and you got to the part where Bambi’s mom dies? And the sweet movie about a family of deer turns into a horror flick? ‘What the heck was that?’ you thought. And in that second you realized that if Bambi’s mom can die, so can everybody else. How They Croaked is like reliving Bambi’s mom’s death over and over...
I can’t settle on a book. Help! What do you do in these kinds of situations?
‘Ten million dollars?’ Jackson whispered in astonishment....– Emily’s Fortune by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
I read in National Geographic that there are more people alive now than have...– Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close- Jonathan Safran Foer (via hi-its-jess)
currently reading: dust city by robert paul weston
currently reading: stalker girl by rosemary graham
i can’t stop bouncing around in between books this week. hopefully this one will stick.
thecanary asked: Chirp!
cowhugger: 350 pages into The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness and I’m all like SO WITH YOU ON THIS. I’ve reread the damn book and I’m all /sobbbbbbbbbb. The first time I read it I was stuck on the reference desk, sobbing, patrons asking if I was ok, for like an hour. I may or may not have named my Nook Manchee. And I definitely don’t NOT have plans to name...
thecanary asked: We are always (always always ALWAYS) looking for readers and guest reviewers!
And chirp! Come play our reading game.
And chirp! Come play our reading game.
brightestofallthecolors asked: I actually read that a few months ago and I loved it! I totally agree with your review of it, I never wanted it to end!
Book Review: Half Brother
Thirteen year old Ben Tomlin has made an involuntary sacrifice, in the hopes that his parents, scientists, will be able to teach American Sign Language to a chimpanzee. The experiment begins with the intention of completely humanizing the chimpanzee, aptly named Zan (short for Tarzan) – Ben is told that Zan is to be his younger brother; his mother even breastfeeds the ape. The Tomlin’s...
Mom: Now, approach a librarian very quietly and ask your question.
Kid: I AM APPROACHING THE LIBERRYAN NOW OK!!!!