Monthly Archives: August, 2014


Nest by Esther Ehrlich

Publish date: September 2014
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books/Wendy Lamb Books
Rating: * * * *

Sometimes you have to shout to be heard by those closest to you, and then there is too much noise. And sometimes a stranger hears you even when you don’t speak out loud.

Chirp’s fun-loving, energetic mother gets sick. Then sicker. And everything changes – for Chirp, for her mom and her dad and her sister. For their life together and their separate lives. Chirp is wise beyond her years, despite adults all around her treating her like a child – which she is – and unable to understand – which she also is, but only because they withhold information from her.

Chirp is frank and straightforward, and her adherence to rules (which she recites to herself when in doubt) is both sweet and sad. I look forward to more from this author.

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for the copy I received in exchange for a review.

The Sheriff of Yrnameer


The Sheriff of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens

Read by William Dufris

Rating:  * * * *

If the freeze-dried orphans hadn’t gotten me to pick up this book, then IPR (Intergalactic Public Radio) or “Kids…exploding out of the crates like popcorn” or “a dozen ululating marketing trainees” would have.  Sci-fi like you have never heard it before!  I could go on an on, but I won’t.

Let me just leave it at this:  I highly recommend the audiobook when you’re looking for a snort-worthy romp of a story.  William Dufris is a master at reading stories like this one:  wacky, absurd comedy with a plethora of characters, each one more quirky than the last.


We had just finished the honeymoon that morning

We had just finished the honeymoon that morning. Not “Our honeymoon trip was almost over,” but rather the honeymoon was “finished.”

Wording interests me. The quote above comes from a man who otherwise sounds happily married.

This presents a terrific example of how important it is to know our characters when writing about them. For this man, the honeymoon was a trip, and the end of the trip came upon boarding the plane to go home. For others, the honeymoon may not be about the trip at all. How would they describe their honeymoon?  How would their spouse describe it?  How would they describe their marriage?


Stormbreaker (Alex Rider #1) by Anthony Horowitz
Rating: * * * *

Somewhere between James Bond and The Hunger Games

Thrown headlong into the world of MI6 and covert intelligence, 14 year old Alex’s mission is to investigate a philanthropist who seems too good to be true. Complete with gadgets and super-secret communication channels, Alex’s adventure speeds along with just the right mix of details, background, and hyperbole to make it enjoyable for its target audience, teenagers, as well as adults.

Being generally behind the times on movies, I have just learned a movie was released in 2006 based on this book. After checking out a trailer for the movie, I can say with confidence that the movie is vastly different from the book.

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