Tuesday, January 30, 2007

TWILIGHT, PLAYING IN TRAFFIC, GOSSAMER, EACH LITTLE BIRD...

Stephenie Meyer. TWILIGHT

I had heard all the praise for this novel for quite some time. I finally got the chance to read it. Now I see what all the fuss was about! I stayed up really late reading it; I literally could not put it down. Now that it’s over, I can’t stop thinking about the characters! Bella has just moved to a small town called Forks to live with her dad. She meets this incredibly handsome, but confusing guy named Edward, who turns out to be a vampire. To protect her, he wants to stay away from her, but he can’t. She doesn't care about the risks, she can't stay away from him either. They fall in love. There are some cool action scenes, but the best part is the electricity between Bella and Edward. This one will stick with you for a while. Thank goodness there's a sequel, because I think it would break my heart to see this story end!




Gail Giles. PLAYING IN TRAFFIC

I've been wanting to read some more Gail Giles for a while now. She's from Texas like me & rumor has it that she even lives in The Woodlands, which is exactly where I used to live. (she even mentioned a few of the locations around town in the book- too cool.)
Matt is the type of guy who wants to blend in. He doesn’t really want to be noticed or stand out in school. So, when Skye begins to give him attention, he wonders, at first, what the deal is. Skye is definitely noticeable. She dresses in all black, has spiked hair, and is very beautiful. Matt is taken in by her and begins to fall in love with her. There are several interesting twists in this book to keep you turning the pages. The end is…yikes... just read it to find out! This book is recommended for high school and above.



Lois Lowry. GOSSAMER

If you’ve read any of Lowry’s books (The Giver, The Messenger, Gathering Blue, etc.), you’ll definitely love this one. That really is all you need to know to go grab it off the shelf. However, I’ll pique your interest a little more. This novel is as unique as her many others. It is about our dreams and where they come from, as well as how nightmares and good dreams can affect us. There is an eight-year-old boy who has lived a very sad life and a woman in the latter years in her life ready to take him in and help him. It’s a short, but very moving book that I won’t soon forget. * * *update 1/23/07- Lowry just won the distinguished Edwards Award from the ALA, which is an award that honors lifetime achievement in young adult literature. * * *Yea for Ms. Lowry!



Deborah Wiles. EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS

Comfort Snowberger is a fresh and wonderful character in a really sweet story. Her family is in the funeral business, as she shares with us immediately on the first page, "I come from a family with a lot of dead people." Comfort feels pretty at ease at funerals, unlike most other ten-year-olds. However, things change when she has several people very close to her die all within a few months. Comfort and her family are people I very much enjoyed getting to know. I was sad when it ended. I would definitely like to visit them again sometime. (suitable for readers as young as 4th or 5th grade)