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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick

When Steven’s cute but annoying little brother, Jeffrey, get sick, life, as he knows it is completely altered. Steven tells the tale of tuning out in class, finding escape in his drumming, and basically trying to act normal around his friends until circumstances force him to be open about what he’s going through. Steven’s sneering sense of humor will have you laughing as you’re reaching for the tissues. This book will stay with you long after you put it down.


I don't usually dig books with even a whiff of the metafictive, but this one I can still recommend with a clear conscience. Chris Wooding hasn't quite reached his peak as a novelist (and that's a good thing), but he is clearly a master of the otherworldly setting. Who else could write about a giant spider's lair and make you forget Tolkien ever existed? This tale of a bad-tempered swamp girl who goes head-to-head with the King of Phaerie is even more evocative than The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray. Turn the page and you'll swear you heard some bones cracking right behind you.

floating away . . .

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Shoulda worn a helmet, Liz. Poor girl, run down on her bike by a taxi and now she's on the cruise to ELSEWHERE. It isn't easy coming to terms with being dead and it's even worse to learn that you'll now be aging backwards in order to be born again. That's it. For Liz that means no driver's license, no career, no first love, no future. Or does it? Luckily, her grandmother (breast cancer), her favorite rock star (heroin overdose) and her new best friend (drive-by) are there to help her negotiate the complications of the afterlife. Like what happens when you fall for someone who is now seventeen, but once was older, and then, just to make things really difficult his middle-aged wife shows up.