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review 2017-03-24 18:13
You're Welcome, Unviverse
You're Welcome, Universe - Whitney Gardner

Julia communicates to the world through her tags, they’re aren’t just split second decisions, she draws them out and sometimes makes templates for them. I loved the way that she orchestrates them, the time and effort that she put into them, they were definitely a part of her. Julia begins to lose that part of her when someone begins to deface them. Transferring to a new school, her daily commute becomes longer and Julia notices that the scenery before her is unmarked. No other artist has left a piece of them along the way and Julia decides that even though she has promised no more spray cans, the blank canvases that surround her are too much of a temptation. She is an artist and no one can take that away from her. The defacing of her artwork is immediate, shock and the anger consumes Julia.

Cast into a public school, Julia is having a hard. Julia attends school with an interpreter for she is deaf and not many at this public school know sign language. It’s a hard adjustment for Julia, for the staff and many of the students who attend there. There are so many eyes on Julia right now, watching her every move. I could feel her frustration, I could feel her desire but what actually could she do? I think what she needed, was someone to talk to her, someone to speak her language, someone to sign with her.

I enjoyed the diversity in this novel, the author did an excellent job portraying these characters. The relationships among these characters was realistic and I had to laugh a few times at the way these characters were behaving and conversing, I swear these were actual individuals. Their attitude and mindset, was remarkably accurate. I found myself starting to read this novel out loud, getting attitude as I read. As Julia becomes friends with YP, I felt that she had a chance of fitting in at her new school and as the two of them became closer, I liked how their relationship had tension. Julia’s relationship with Jordyn had tension too but at the end of the novel, Julia’s relationship with YP and Jordyn are different. I really enjoyed this novel, it was a great novel dealing with diversity, friendship, authority and independence.

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text 2014-04-14 20:32
In the Night Garden - Catherynne M. Valente
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There - Ana Juan,Catherynne M. Valente
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Catherynne M. Valente
The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two - Catherynne M. Valente,Ana Juan

SO ! And let's make that a resolute so. I'm bored of drama taking over the place, let's speak of something nice and moderately smart from now on. I come bearing delightfulness for you guys and gals !

 

Let me explain : I haven't read any of Catherynne M. Valente's books yet, but for those of you who did, and enjoyed it, and for other curious people (I know you're out there, peeking), I have a nice little something to share, because I'm such a nice person in a generous mood today.

 

That was a joke, just in case you couldn't tell. Hi joke.

 

Okay, no, serious.

 

Hmm hmm. 

 

Serious.

 

Now, who knows SJ Tucker? Whoever does, you're my friend already. Hi ! SJ Tucker is  a totally nice, fun, brilliant, terrific, groovy singer, as well as a bewitching storyteller. Booklikes is giving me trouble with the goodness sharing thing, but google her, in fact : here

and here

and here

 

The first link is her music cd of stuff she wrote and sings, inspired by and dedicated to the Fairyland series. The other links are audio she made with both readings and songs for The Orpan's Tales.

 

Give the readings a try even (especially !) if you're not into that audio book kind of thing. Her voice is chocolate, velvet and spice. I wouldn't put that together in a recipe, but you get the picture, yeah ?

 

Here's to hoping SJ puts a smile on your lips.

 

 

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video 2013-11-21 16:27

Meet the utterly hilarious Cody the Screaming Dog. MEET HIM. 

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text 2013-11-10 19:58
Just a note...
Then - Morris Gleitzman

If you're going to read this, read Once first.

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review 2013-08-12 00:00
You're Welcome. Love, Your Cat - Clancy Nacht,Thursday Euclid When I was given a chance to review this book, I thought “Cats, how I can go wrong with a book involving cats? And a Maine Coon cat at that!” Then I started the book and it was set in Austin, Texas. Bonus! This is my home town.

Please click the link below to read the full review:

http://liveyourlifebuythebook.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/youre-welcome-love-your-cat/
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