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review 2017-01-18 20:35
Ghosts - Raina Telgemeier
Ghosts - Raina Telgemeier,Raina Telgemeier

Moving is hard. Having a family member disabled by illness is hard. Middle school is the worst. Old California rubs up against the new, and rubs our protagonist the wrong way. I like how the lost language, food, and culture of second generation immigrants are being brought back into the life of the next generation, who doesn't have to prove their assimilation. And I love ghosts and the day of the dead, so it's all good.

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review 2016-12-09 19:01
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics - Jason Porath Short form: this book is awesome and every home and classroom should have a copy. Long form: This was a whim. I just picked it up because it had a fun cover and title, but once I started reading it I couldn’t bear to put it down. The introduction is amusing, the art is spot on, and the stories are delightful. Well, many of them have violence and heinous cruelty, or just plain gore, but Porath forewarns the reader with some very specific codes. And when he’s writing about the evil that is lynching he doesn’t shrink from sharing the horror. But also, whenever there is a specific named villain in the piece, he comes up with some amusing expletives. Somehow he manages to hit a sweet spot between maintaining a light tone and historical accuracy, and he manages to do it in both the text and the art. Even when he gives these women enormous Disney eyes he makes sure to get the period details right: you know he isn’t mocking these women, he’s taking them seriously but not striving for an imagined objectivity. And then there are art notes on many of the illustrations, which explain details one might miss and their significance. Dude has found his calling and I hope he sells beaucoup books and can continue to devote his time and energy to the project. I love this like I haven’t loved any history since Lies My Teacher Told Me. It only just hit me that the reason I loved this book so much was that I really needed to read about kick-ass women who got shit done and had fun and/or really improved their world. Library copy
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text 2016-11-21 17:32
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics - Jason Porath
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics - Jason Porath

Short form: this book is awesome and every home and classroom should have a copy.    

Long form: This was a whim. I just picked it up because it had a fun cover and title, but once I started reading it I couldn’t bear to put it down. The introduction is amusing, the art is spot on, and the stories are delightful. Well, many of them have violence and heinous cruelty, or just plain gore, but Porath forewarns the reader with some very specific codes. And when he’s writing about the evil that is lynching he doesn’t shrink from sharing the horror. But also, whenever there is a specific named villain in the piece, he comes up with some amusing expletives. Somehow he manages to hit a sweet spot between maintaining a light tone and historical accuracy, and he manages to do it in both the text and the art. Even when he gives these women enormous Disney eyes he makes sure to get the period details right: you know he isn’t mocking these women, he’s taking them seriously but not striving for an imagined objectivity. And then there are art notes on many of the illustrations, which explain details one might miss and their significance. Dude has found his calling and I hope he sells beaucoup books and can continue to devote his time and energy to the project. I love this like I haven’t loved any history since <i>Lies My Teacher Told Me</i>.

It only just hit me that the reason I loved this book so much was that I really needed to read about kick-ass women who got shit done and had fun and/or really improved their world.

Library copy

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review 2016-11-16 17:05
Trail of the Dead (Killer of Enemies) - Joseph Bruchac
Trail of the Dead (Killer of Enemies) - Joseph Bruchac
  1. Lozen’s world isn’t one most of us would care to live in; it’s brutally hierarchical with no chance to change castes, it’s short of food, chock full of really dangerous critters, and there are overlords who inexplicable and not entirely human anymore, and they have lots of henchmen to carry out violent plans. Despite all that it manages to be hopeful.

 

And shall I add how refreshing it is to have a female character menaced in ways that do not include sexual assault? Makes a change. The more Bruchac I read, the more I love him.

 

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review 2016-11-16 15:36
Killer of Enemies - Joseph Bruchac
Killer of Enemies - Joseph Bruchac
  1. Post-apocalyptic monster-killing as performed by Apache hunter, Lozen. It seems like such a straight-forward set-up, but nothing is as obvious as that. Bruchac puts lots of twists in the spaghetti and he takes time to raise many ethical and even philosophical questions. Full of adventure, but also, a bit thinky. And there’s a sequel.Special nods for character diversity, by a compelling Native writer. so far I've loved all of his books I've read. Thank you Debbie Reese for bringing him to my attention.
  2. Library copy.
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