The Evening Road, Laird Hunt, Little Brown, February 2017, on our shelves now This is one for readers of fine literature. Hunt’s attention to writing left me amazed at his skill. Set in Indiana of 1920, this is the story of two women and a lynching. Most of the story is about Ottie Lee Henshaw… Continue reading Larry’s quick reviews for all ages—new in February!
History of Wolves, Emily Fridlund, Grove/Atlantic, On our shelves now This is a powerful and harrowing coming-of-age story that shows the power of self-deception. Fourteen-year-old Linda and her parents are the last remaining members of a failed commune living on the banks of a remote lake in Northern Minnesota. Mocked by her peers and living… Continue reading Minnesota Dark
Blood of Wonderland, Colleen Oakes, Harper Teen, Jan. 2017 This is the second book in the series that explores why the Queen of Hearts is so mean. A great idea, and a great series too! Exiled from Wonderland by the King of Hearts, and framed for the shocking murder of her brother, Dinah is in… Continue reading How’d You Get to Be So Mean?!
An Eagle In The Snow, Michael Morpurgo, Feiwel and Friends, January 2017 A terrific read for middle graders. Morpurgo again takes a true story and weaves it into a novel. Two young soldiers, one British, one German come face-to-face during WWI. And the British soldier’s actions have consequences that reverberate all the way through WWII.… Continue reading Two Good New Books for Historical Readers
Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team Steve Sheinkin, Roaring Brook, January 2017 Sheinkin is among the best writers of non-fiction stories for readers from 4th and 5th grade up to around 8th grade. But most adults also like his work–I know I do! This book is the story of America’s greatest… Continue reading One of the Greatest Teams in American Football
Idaho, Emily Ruskovich, Random House Very good adult literary. Told by several different voices, this is the story of a murder and a tragedy and their impact on an isolated Idaho family and the people around them. Ann, Wade’s second wife, is fascinated by the scant information she knows about Jenny, Wade’s first wife, and… Continue reading A Memory of Violence
The Strays by Emily Bitto, Twelve, January 2017 Recommended for lovers of literary novels. As a young girl, Lily, the only child of a quiet, upright couple in conservative 1930s Melbourne, befriends Eva Trentham, whose background as the middle daughter of a creative, sprawling family of artists could not be more different. Lily quickly grows… Continue reading The Art of Friendship