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Look Up: Indi Reviews

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s….a Indi Reviews!! Yay!

Cathie Sue – “Toby” by Stacy Nyikos and Shawn Sisneros
Jenny – “Queen of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen
Adrienne – “Ordinary People” by Judith Guest
Karl – “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Laud Montgomery

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

“Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” by April Genevieve Tucholke

A written review by Adrienne,

Violet is a quiet girl who prefers reading to friends. She and her twin brother Luke live in Citizen Kane, a majestically down-on-its-luck mansion. The mansion belonged to their past wealthy relatives but it was Freddie, their grandmother, who made it grand. Violet has not only kept Freddie’s clothes after she passed, she still wears them as she still misses her.

The twins have been on their own after their parents left for Europe to spend through the last of the family wealth and are slow to return. Realizing money for food that was left to them by their parents was starting to run out, Violet offers the guesthouse for rent. Showing up is River West, a charming, self-assured, mysterious with more than a hint of danger boy. River IS mysterious and VERY dangerous as a reluctant Violet discovers. River has what he calls the “glow” which allows him to manipulate people to see what the most wish or most fear. He can also make them hurt no only their selves but others, too.

Violet does ignore much of what River does even when it’s right before her eyes. The attraction she has with River and overlooking his misdeeds are explained by his ability to manipulate her emotions. This is plausible but if readers aren’t paying attention it can become annoying how she refuses to stop River. River’s powers can last up to several hours so he has to be around in order to keep the others from stopping him.

Violet, Luke, and a friend to both twins, Sunshine, slowly unravel the secret of River and his ability. Even though Violet was warned by her grandmother about the danger of holding the hand of the Devil, she is entranced anyway as is the reader. Tulcholke writes a moody, atmospheric story full of surprises and pearl-clutching scenes.

The house and the small town in which they live, called Echo, are characters in their own right. Both have a personality that is worn but welcoming and hiding secrets. The ending is overstuffed with exposition to set up the next book in the series but the ride is worth the trip. Recommended for High School and up.

P.S. [reviewer note]
Fans of the TV show “Supernatural” will notice a cross between the episodes “Croatoan” and “Good God, Y’all” in Tulcholke’s story. I don’t know about you but those two episodes freaked me out but good.

 

 

How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won A Bubba-Sized Trophy or, The Roof Is On Fire

How Lamar's Bad Prank Won A Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen

How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won A Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen

Roll Call Question:
What is your literary boggart?

Topic:
Radical Change: As public libraries reinvent themselves, are we losing our leaders? by Margaret Tice. Library Journal. July 1, 2011

Extended:
New York Public Library Scavenger Hunt
Find the Future:  NYPL game site
Gothamist
article

Recommendations:
Karl
Austin, Texas
Dallas Museum of Art

Jenny
Ken Scholes – author of Lamentation, Canticle and Antiphon
Relaxation

Cathie Sue
Stay out of the heat and have air conditioner reads.

Emily
I’m Down by Mishna Wolff
Spotify

Adrienne
Minions – get some
Karl’s recommendation:  Peter’s Evil Overlord list

Upcoming:
Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and It’s Legacy by Albert Martin

6 children’s books

  •      If rocks could sing Leslie McGuirk
  •     Press Here by Herve Tullet
  •     Perfect Square by Michael Hall
  •     A Suitcase Surprise for Mommy  by Cat Cora
  •     This Plus That : Life’s Little Equations by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  •     Shout! Shout It Out! by Denise Fleming

City of Fallen Angels and the entire TMI series by Cassandra Clare

Red Glove or, The Devil Inside

Red Glove by Holly Black

Red Glove by Holly Black (author’s website)

Roll Call Question:
What children/young adult blogs do you read?

American Indian’s in Children’s Literature
Bookshelves of Doom
MotherReader

Topic:
Oklahoma 2011 Sequoyah Winners and 2012 Masterlists

Recommendations:

Cathie Sue
Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross
Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Mermaids are the new trend, here, here and here.
Ripple by Mandy Hubbard
Green Money by Not Holly Black

Emily
Dr. Who (BBC)
IPhone Nike +GPS app

Karl
Echo Bazaar (online game)
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly and playlist
Weeding your collection (see Space Between Trees entry)

Adrienne
List of best written and acted TV Shows

White Cat, or 99 Problems

White Cat: The Curse Workers by Holly Black

Subscribe/Listen in iTunes

White Cat by Holly Black book review mp3

Extended Resources

Holly Black, wikipedia entry, official website

Sequels: Red Glove (2011, status of book) and Black Heart

Books of Doom White Cat cover art, synopsis and review

Magritte (Google images search)

Villanelle poetry – definition by Wikipedia. Villanelle poetry example of Edwin Arlington Robinson’s House on the Hill and Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night on LibriVox.

Other Topics

Recommendations

Adrienne:
Grifters 1990 film, directed by Stephen Frears, novel by Jim Thompson, starring Anjelica Huston, John Cusack and Annette Bening
Miller’s Crossing 1990 film, directed and written by Joel and Ethan Coen, starring Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Jon Polito

Cathie Sue:
Mac Slater Hunts the Cool by Tristan BancksMac Slater Cool Hunter website

Emily:
Castle – ABC TV show starring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic
For the Win by Cory Doctorow

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