Members have written to tell us about the books they currently have bookmarked …
From Nancy Carlson:
I am reading The Hunger Games (Scholastic Press, 2008). Very good!
From Sarah Lamstein:
I just finished Jeannine’s Atkins’ Borrowed Names (Holt, 2010), a brilliant book of poetry about Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madame C.J. Walker, Marie Curie, and their accomplished daughters. The mother-daughter relationships are at the heart of the book. The writing is exceptional!
The young adult books open on Margo Sorenson‘s bedside table are Shiver (Scholastic Press, 2009) by Maggie Stiefvaterâ€””pulls you right in with incredible tale-weaving”â€”and Wintergirls (Viking, 2009) by Laurie Halse Andersonâ€””beautiful language and gripping plot.”
Lea Wait is reading Sandra Dutton’sÂ Mary Mae and the Gospel Truth (Houghton Mifflin, 2010). “Ten year-old Mary Mae asks questions everywhere: at Sunday School, where not everything in Genesis makes sense to her, and at school, where they’re studying the fossils found locally in Ohio.Â She’s excited, and just full up with learning … and Mama, who believes the earth is only six thousand years old, decides Mary Mae is learning evil ways in school, and needs to be home-schooled. Sandra Dutton has managed to create a delightful character in Mary Mae, who manages to walk the fence between science and faith, and balance them both, in this wonderful new book.”
Loretta Ellsworth shares that she has recently been reading three books that she hopes you enjoy reading as much as she has:
A Sense of Wonder:Â On Reading and Writing Books for Children (Plume, 1995) by Katherine Paterson.Â Itâ€™s always a gift to get a glimpse into the minds of great writers like Katherine Paterson, to get a sense of her life and craft. You donâ€™t have to be a writer to appreciate her wisdom, but it makes it even more meaningful when you are.
Breathe My Name (Razorbill, 2007) by R.A. Nelson, is about a girl with a haunted past.Â Beautiful, lyrical writing and compelling characters kept me up late into the nightâ€”the characters and story stayed with me long after I finished reading it.
The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz. The story of a little fairy, the size of an acorn, who must learn to survive in the world after a bat rips her wings off.Â The little yard where she makes her home is full of danger and surprising new friends.
How about you? What’s on your bedside table?
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