Burnett wrote many books, but the two that are best known to us are "The Secret Garden" and "A Little Princess". Both are girls' stories, so perhaps you will forgive me for mostly favoring boys' stories in this view, but after all, I'm a boy! Nevertheless, I enjoyed these stories. Both are magical books that begin with a little rich girl moving from India, where she was born, to England.
Today, the next installment of the "Order of the MoonStone" series released!
Imogen, a writer, and her sister Marin, a dancer, are ecstatic when they find that they’ve both been accepted for prestigious nine-month fellowships at Melete, a renowned artists’ retreat. Although now both adults with budding careers, they still live in the shadow of an emotionally (and sometimes physically) abusive childhood instigated by their manipulative mother. This retreat is their chance not only to better their art, but to really get ...
Mercy Wong has big dreams, hoping to become a successful businesswoman who earns enough to move her family out of their tight Chinatown quarters. In the San Francisco of 1906, this dream seems near enough to impossible, but Mercy’s resourcefulness earns her a place at St. Clare’s Boarding School, one of the most respected girls’ schools in the country.
Guy Gavriel Kay may be known to many as a fantasy author, but his new novel, "Children of Earth and Sky", is more an alternate Renaissance history than anything else. There’s just the barest whiff of magic thrown in there, but even without it, Kay has created a rich and absorbing epic that you can really get lost in.
"The Countdown" is the final book in the "Taking" trilogy.
It’s been a long year to wait for the second installment in Gwenda Bond’s YA series chronicling the teenage adventures of Lois Lane, ace reporter and Superman love interest, but we’re happy to report that "Lois Lane: Double Down" is finally here!
"Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes is the story of 35-year-old Will, who, having suffered a severe motorcycle accident several months previously, requires 24-hour care, and Lou, a 26-year-old woman who has never left the safe haven of her small town. When Lou gets made redundant at her job in a cake shop, she tries and fails at several career routes before stumbling across the position of Will’s carer.
The conclusion to Maggie Stiefvater’s "Raven Cycle" has got to be one of the most anticipated YA book releases of the season. Although many fans were disappointed when the release of the book was pushed back a few months, I think you’re going to find that the delay was worth the wait!
After losing her mother in a tragic car accident, Sass finds herself being shipped to Cornwall, England to live with an uncle she’s never met. The English seaside is beautiful, but it can’t heal the hole she feels inside of her. Alex is British royalty, fleeing to his ancestral home by the sea to try to escape the paparazzi swirling around him in the wake of his parents’ divorce. When he runs across Sass trespassing on family land, captivated ...
"Chasing Water: Elegy of an Olympian" is a memoir tracing both the troubles and accomplishments of Olympic swimmer Anthony Ervin, from his breakout performance at the 2000 Sydney Games to his bad-boy image and eventual reappearance at the London Games in 2012.
"The House at Pooh Corner" is even better than "Winnie-the-Pooh". That's saying a great deal. These books are practically perfect. Lightly, tenderly, they depict a small child's interior world of play, just at the time when that world starts to be pushed aside for the outer world of letters and numbers and maps and dates.
When Wilhelm Grimm emigrated to upstate New York with a shipload of Everafters - the real, live characters from his histories-cum-fairy tales - not everyone made a smooth transition. A few, in fact, became dangerously disturbed. In this third installment in "The Sisters Grimm", these fiendishly insane Everafters break loose and begin terrorizing the population of Ferryport Landing.
First, before I discuss this second book in "The Sisters Grimm" series, I want to defend myself against any possibility of being charged with plagiarism. My Magic Quill column has a chapter, originally posted in March 2007, titled "The Unusual Suspects."
Book 1 of "The Sisters Grimm" introduces us to Sabrina and Daphne, sisters age 11 and 7, who have been at the mercy of New York City's Child Welfare program since their parents disappeared 18 months ago. They have moved from one cruelly inappropriate foster home to another, Sabrina protecting her younger sister but growing increasingly cynical in the process. And now, a grandmother they were told was dead has come forward, offering t...
Weird things have started happening to London schoolgirls Zanna and Deeba. Well, they're happening to Zanna really; Deeba is only concerned because they are best friends. First there was a cloud that looked like Zanna. Then something weird came in the mail. Now animals are bowing to her, strangers are approaching her as though she were a celebrity and not just an ordinary girl. And then things start to get really serious.
If you have read the first book in this trilogy, "The Warrior Heir" - which I highly recommend - you will already know a few things as you begin this second book. You will know, for example, that the Weir are folks who are born with a magical stone inside them, a stone that gives them certain powers, depending on whether they are sorcerers, seers, enchanters, or warriors.
When I was a kid, some of my favorite books were mysteries. I read most of Agatha Christie's books between seventh and ninth grade - as many of them as I could find, at any rate. Some of her books were a little dull, but I loved all the macabre puzzles, sinister clues, and surprise revelations - to say nothing of the unconventional sleuths. Gilbert Keith Chesterton's "Father Brown" mysteries may appeal to a similar taste.
Like me, you may have read some of the books of Charles Dickens, which dramatized the social problems of his day and even had a hand in changing things. In this book by award-winning author Livi Michael, the injustices of Dickens's age are dramatized from a different perspective: that of an historical novel, looking back on a past age that has lessons for today.
This novel by an already Pulitzer- and O. Henry Prize-winning author won numerous honors, including a Hugo Award, a Nebula Award, and a Sidewise Award for Alternate History. It takes place in the final months of the 20th century in a world full of familiar things like cell phones, cigarettes, cars, airplanes, and the United States of America. In fact, the story is more than anything else a hardboiled murder mystery.