It’s here! Book 3 in the PARALLELOGRAM series, SEIZE THE PARALLEL.
I NEVER USED TO THINK OF MY LIFE…Add a Comment
It’s here! Book 3 in the PARALLELOGRAM series, SEIZE THE PARALLEL.
I NEVER USED TO THINK OF MY LIFE…Add a Comment
Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. Note that I also live-tweeted all of the Cybils panelists lists, and set up Twitter lists for each of the panels, and for the Cybils panelists as a whole. I'm not including those Tweets here. If you'd like to see the Cybils panels, just go to Cybils.com.
Schools and Libraries
Fun! Becky's Book Reviews: Blogging Advice from L.M. Montgomery http://ow.ly/oVy3a
Programs and Research
It's no secret I love angel books, so obviously I'm a fan of Christine Fonseca's books. Today I'm sharing her most recent release, Dominus, book three in the Requiem series.
Sometimes death is the only way to save a life.
Nesy knows who she is now, knows what she's lost. Determined to save Aydan from his fate, she confronts the only one she blames for everything - Azza. But how can she fight the devil when she is nothing more than human.
The fate of Celestium, Infernum and humanity rests in Nesy's hands. Can she find the strength to confront demons she's never imagined, face fears she's never voiced, and release the one things that has held her world together - her love for Aydan. Some sacrifices should never be made...even for love.
Add it on Goodreads.
And in case you are new to the Requiem series, here are the previous titles:
What do you think? Have you read any of Christine's works?
Katherine Ali is a dual-certified elementary and special education teacher. She recently graduated as a literacy specialist with a Masters in Science from Manhattanville College. She has experience teaching internationally in northern China and now teaches in the Bronx, NY.
In order to be active participants in the literate world, students must be reading, writing, speaking, and listening at all ages. The natural interplay of language looks slightly differently across grades levels, but the foundations and mission are the same:
Reading: Text Complexity and the growth of comprehension
We want our students to ascend the staircase of text complexity and simultaneously sharpen their comprehension skills. Students, of all ages, need to build stamina through independently reading more rigorous and complex texts. Additionally, read-alouds allow students to access content and concepts they may not be able to decode themselves.
Writing: Text types, responding to reading, and research
Opinion pieces, research-based projects, and narratives are the three main categories of student writing the Common Core State Standards focus on. It is also imperative that our students engage in the writing process and expand their writing style using the conventions of the English language.
Speaking & Listening: Flexible Communication and Collaboration
Speaking and Listening in each grade level includes but is certainly not limited to presentations, group work, and class discussion. Students need to be aware of their oral language skills and communicate their thoughts and research appropriately. Building off other students’ ideas is also an important component in developing these skills.
Last week, I explained what what it looks like to integrate reading, writing, speaking, and listening in grades K-1, using the book Rainbow Stew as an example. This week, I take a look at grades 2-3:
As Fast As Words Could Fly by Pamela M. Tuck, illus. by Eric Valesquez
Interest Level: 2 -7
DRA: 34, Guided Reading Level: O
Reading: Doing a close read with students of As Fast As Words Could Fly fulfills the Common Core’s shift up the staircase of text complexity and builds strong vocabulary skills. Words such as refused, boasted, disbelief, barricaded, grimaces, and blurted are rich and valuable for second and third graders to read and understand. This text is also an excellent model of the use of dialogue. Through close reading activities students can highlight the dialogue and the speaker to understand the different ways to properly punctuate dialogue in a narrative. Of course, teachers can also read this story aloud so students can connect to the themes of perseverance and overcoming adversity.
Writing: Tuck’s writing style is strong and complex. She uses compound sentences, prepositions, and onomatopoeia throughout the story creating a very sophisticated narrative. Teachers can focus on one of these skills in a Writing Workshop model in which students translate the skill into their own writing. Mason’s story also evokes different opinions and feelings that lead to rich discussion. Use these discussion questions as a guide and encourage students to write a Reader’s Response and to share their responses with the class.
Speaking & Listening: By second and third grade, students should be developing their formal presentation skills, therefore they may share Mason’s story through a presentation about influential people who took risks (complement the study with this interview with Moses Teel Jr., whose experience as a teenager during integration was the basis for Mason’s story).
Students also need to learn to lead discussions. Assign a group of students to be the leaders of an interactive read-aloud and have them come prepared with various questions they developed in advance with the classroom teacher. Creating a routine of student-led conversations around literature will catapult students into the upper elementary grades.
Stay tuned next week, when I discuss how to integrate reading, writing, speaking, and listening standards for grades 4-5 using Bird.
Janet Tashjian is a children’s author, an advocate for reluctant readers and strong supporter of First Book. She collaborates with her son Jake Tashjian, who creates the illustrations for her books. Their most recent joint effort, Einstein The Class Hamster was not only released to retailers, but made available to children and educators in the First Book network on the same day.
First Book recently interviewed Janet about why access to books is so important and what led to the inspiration behind Einstein The Class Hamster.
Janet Tashjian: I first heard about First Book from a librarian in Florida who never would’ve been able to stock his school library without First Book. I also donated a lot of books to Bess’s Book Bus and she’d email me pictures of kids on reservations or in the Mississippi Delta holding my books with big smiles. Those photos made me want to back a truck up on the side of the road and just hand out books to kids. She also mentioned First Book, so I called to offer my services. I’m a big, big believer in giving back to the community and as a writer, my community is readers.
Q: Why is it so important for kids in need to have access to books at home and in their classrooms?
Janet Tashjian: Books are one of the best ways to engage a child’s imagination and creativity is one of the most important skills children can develop. So many of today’s activities – television, Facebook, video games – are fun, but don’t actively engage the imagination the way reading does. Kids with limited resources need books as much as anyone else, maybe even more. Books are a gateway to different worlds, to empathy, to understanding; for that reason alone they should be available to all children, not just those with resources.
Q: You are quite the reluctant readers’ advocate. How do you help reluctant readers become interested in reading?
Janet Tashjian: When The Gospel According to Larry came out, teachers and librarians kept telling me how boys who usually weren’t readers loved the book. It made me really think about that population of readers for the first time. Then I noticed that Jake and his friends started having a hard time when chapter books got more difficult. Jake went to a lot of excellent reading tutors; I’m such a pragmatic mom, I told myself if I was spending all that time and effort on helping Jake be a better reader, I would put those tools to use for other kids too.
In the My Life As books, the main character is a visual learner who has a hard time reading so he draws his vocabulary words to learn them. The series has been a big hit with reluctant readers which makes me very happy. And it was the first time Jake and I collaborated which makes that series special too.
Q: Einstein, The Class Hamster is based on a comic strip your son, Jake Tashjian, illustrated. What inspired him to first create this?
Janet Tashjian: I home schooled Jake for a few years in middle school. He was always drawing, so one of my assignments was for him to do a daily comic strip. At first, he said, “I can’t be funny every day!” but then he really got into it. The character he created was a hamster, but not a class hamster, and his name was Martin, not Einstein. But the illustrations were so hilarious and the hamster was so droll, I thought it would be fun to do another book together. We tweaked the story and Jake worked very hard on designing all the characters. I think he did a great job.
Q: What books got you hooked as a child that eventually led to you becoming a children’s author?
Janet Tashjian: The books that really got me hooked weren’t children’s books per se but adult books I read in junior high and high school. I devoured Vonnegut, Hesse, and Burgess – couldn’t get enough. They have greatly influenced my work. As a young girl, I was obsessed with Nancy Drew, read every single one. I never thought I’d be writing a series for kids, but now I’m writing two!
Q: What’s one of your favorite nuggets of information?
Janet Tashjian: Kids always ask how to get un-stuck when they’re writing. It may sound simplistic, but I always tell them you write yourself out of writer’s block one sentence at a time. ”Bill didn’t want to go to soccer practice.” ”He didn’t want to see Maria.” ”Why did Maria always make fun of him when he read out loud in class?” Suddenly you go from blocked, to a sentence, to a paragraph. You keep going and you have a page. You keep going some more and you have a chapter. It’s really that simple – one sentence at a time. It’s what Hemingway did; if it worked for him, it can work for you.
Q: What can we expect next from the Tashjian duo?
Janet Tashjian: There are at least two more Einstein’s coming out. And My Life As A Joke comes out in April. We’re doing several more of those too!
Einstein The Class Hamster is available on the First Book Marketplace, a website exclusively for educators and program leaders that works with kids in need. The hardcover title retails for $13 but First Book is able to offer it for $5.60.
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Happy Monday! Here's my mishmash of thoughts:
Title: When We Wake Author: Karen Healey Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication Date: March 5, 2013 ISBN-13: 978-0316200769 304 pp. ARC provided by publisher I believe that good sci-fi should be a reflection of modern society taken to an extreme. And I think Karen Healey does this with When We Wake. Tegan Oglietti is a sixteen-year-old in near future Australia. SheAdd a Comment
I think it is not uncommon that avid readers read all sorts of things, not just books. Non-book reading I think of as extracurricular. Reading like blogs, news and magazines (print and digital). I’ve been considering my extracurricular reading of late since it has been piling up as fast as my books have it seems.
I subscribe to the London Review of Books and the New York Review of Books in print. I am so behind on these that the date of the one I am currently reading is the end of June. I enjoy reading these but I have managed to get so far behind some of the essays are old news at this point and seem hardly worth reading so I skip right over them. You would think that it would help me get through them faster but somehow it doesn’t.
And then there are the digital magazines I get through my public library. Ever since I got my iPad in April and discovered this lovely service I have been sampling the various magazines on offer. They are quite diverse and most of the time of no interest (motorcycles, hunting, skiing, skateboarding, celebrity and fashion magazines), but still I manage to find plenty to read. I currently regularly get Harper’s, The Vegetarian Times, Smithsonian, Discover, Organic Gardening, Mother Earth News, American Poetry, Poets and Writers, and The Writer. I make occasional forays into New Scientist, Mother Jones, Knitter’s, Interweave Knits, Publisher’s Weekly and Earth. Most of these I just browse through and read an article here or an essay there, copy down a book title or a new recipe. Nonetheless, I have several I haven’t even looked at yet.
So why, why did I subscribe to the Paris Review two weeks ago? I got a one-year digital subscription. When I subscribed it was still the Summer issue they were sending out and I got a bonus older issue too. Then, three days later the Fall issue came out. I should have waited because I suspected the Fall issue was not far away but the Summer issue has a couple essays on the art of writing biography and one of them is by Hermione Lee so I didn’t wait. And now I am already behind. At least they are digital so there is nowhere for the dust bunnies to hide. And they only come quarterly so I have a remote chance of catching up.
I am not sorry for subscribing to the Paris Review. I have so far read a pretty good short story by Ben Lerner and since I don’t read many short stories in general I am thinking this is a good way to do that. And since each issue also has lots of poetry I might also discover a new favorite poet or two. So it is good. Except where do I find the time? When the choice is between reading a book and reading a magazine even one as good as Paris Review, I go for the book nine times out of ten. And that is why I am so behind on my extracurricular reading. I could cut back on the amount of extra reading, after all, I got along fine for years without all those magazines I get now through my library. But oh, there are so many interesting things out there to learn about especially in those science magazines. I will have to work a little on practicing restraint because I definitely won’t opt for reading fewer books.
What about you? What sort of extracurricular reading do you do and how do you find the time to fit it all in?
I think it's probably obvious that I'm a fan of series. Touch of Death is a series. Into the Fire, which will release in January, is the first in a series. Even my MG coming out next year is a series. But is only writing series the way to go?
I'd say no. Not all my books are series, and I have mixed feelings about that. It's tough to say goodbye to characters. I like getting to spend more time with them after the first book. But not all stories need more than one book to be told. Writing a series for the sake of writing a series is never a good idea. Tell the story that needs to be told in the amount of books necessary.
In the future, I'll have a standalone published, and I'll be interested to see if it sells better because it's a standalone. What do I mean? Well, unless book one is a major success, sequels don't seem to sell as well. There's not as much hype surrounding them. I get that, but it's also sad from a writer's perspective.
What are your thoughts? Do you prefer to read or write books in series or standalone novels?
We’re huge fans of award-winning actress Julianne Moore at First Book; not only is she supremely talented on stage and screen, she’s also a children’s book author and all -around lovely person.
So we were thrilled that she was able to join us yesterday at Round The Clock Nursery in Harlem to celebrate the first day of school in New York City. Round The Clock Nursery is an amazing early childhood program that serves kids in need and their families 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and one of the many programs that First Book provides with new books and educational materials.
The kids were thrilled to meet Julianne. She read them her new book, ‘My Mom is a Foreigner, But Not to Me’, and gave each of them a signed copy of their own to keep.
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Recently my son and I have been rereading the "My Father's Dragon" trilogy by Ruth Stiles Gannett. We read all three books several years ago and he loved them. As I was organizing my books in our new house, he spotted this old favorite and asked to read it again. I happily obliged.
As we are zipping through these much loved stories, it was amazing to me to look back at the copyright for the first book... 1950. How incredible to have written a book that stands the test of time and is still being read and loved 63 years later!
This made me wonder. What makes a book that kind of classic? "My Father's Dragon" was a Newbery Honor book, so it was recognized as being exceptional for its time. (And it really is exceptional. So wonderfully fun and funny!) But do all honored book withstand the test of time that well?
And of course as a writer I can't help but wonder, how long will children be reading the books I write? (63 years from now would certainly be awesome!)
What do you all think about classics? Which long ago books do you love? Which of today's books do you think have a chance of becoming modern day classics?
A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?
In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot.
Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that these "alternate realities" could become permanent.
She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?
Right away I sympathized with Autumn. Her father was killed in a car accident she blames herself for, and her mother is in a coma from a different accident that Autumn also feels responsible for. Basically, Autumn hates her life and the guilt consuming her. All she wants to do is get out of New Jersey and go somewhere where no one knows her. But what's worse is that she's afraid to get close to people because everyone she loves winds up dead or in the hospital. So while she puts up a wall and pushes people away, she believes she's doing it to protect them.
She has mixed feelings about this cruise to Bermuda she's taking with her sister, Jessica, because her mom planned the trip before she fell into a coma. But Autumn also wants to get away and forget her problems. Only her problems follow her. Joey, the guy who is so in love with her that he follows her everywhere, manages to get on the cruise as well. Autumn thinks the cruise will be just as bad as her life back home, but she's wrong. It's worse.
As they enter the Bermuda Triangle, Autumn wakes up in a different reality each day. And each one is worse than the last. More accidents, more death, and more heartache. And she has to learn from it all or risk becoming a permanent victim of the Triangle.
I won't spoil the book for anyone. I'll just say that it's packed with emotion. Autumn is put through so much, and I couldn't help rooting for her.
Just for fun: Do you believe in the mysterious powers of the Bermuda Triangle?
The very fist student day of school, Deb Gaby (the reading coach in my school district) and I stumbled upon a meeting between 5th and 6th grade language arts teachers. They were discussing… Read MoreAdd a Comment
I want to tell you a story about Keondra.
In a few days, Keondra will start second grade at Harrowgate Elementary School in Chester, Virginia. She cannot wait to be back in the classroom.
But Keondra’s teacher recognized her potential and turned to First Book. Thanks to the support of our generous donors, she was able to give Keondra a new book to take home and read every month.
That’s why I’m invite everyone to join First Book’s Monthly Book Club. Your monthly gift is easy to make and provides an ongoing supply of new, high-quality books to kids like Keondra.
With each month and each new book, Keondra became a stronger reader. Her grades improved – from D’s to B’s. She fell in love with books.
A new school year is about to begin, and there are millions of kids like Keondra who urgently need to be transformed by a love of books before it is too late. Please consider joining today.Add a Comment
Back-to-school is here! Summer is coming to a close and classrooms are prepping to welcome new students to take the long journey through the next grade. The first day of school can be scary for many children, especially as they enter a new school, or are beginning school for the first time. So, in honor of the first day of school we have compiled a list of Sylvan Dell books that are great reads to prepare for that first day.
The Giraffe Who Was Afraid of Heights – Imagine if the one thing that keeps you safe is what you fear the most. This enchanting story tells of a giraffe who suffers from the fear of heights. His parents worry about his safety and send him to the village doctor for treatment. Along the way he befriends a monkey who is afraid of climbing trees and a hippo that is afraid of water. A life-threatening event causes the three friends to face and overcome each of their fears.
Home in the Cave – Baby Bat loves his cave home and never wants to leave it. While practicing flapping his wings one night, he falls, and Pluribus Packrat rescues him. They then explore the deepest, darkest corners of the cave where they meet amazing animals—animals that don’t need eyes to see or colors to hide from enemies. Baby Bat learns how important bats are to the cave habitat and how other cave-living critters rely on them for their food. Will Baby Bat finally venture out of the cave to help the other animals?
Henry the Impatient Heron – Henry the Heron couldn’t stand still! He was always moving, and it drove everyone crazy! His brother and sister yelled at him for stepping on their heads, and Mom and Dad could barely get food into his little baby mouth. But herons have to stand still to catch their food, so how would Henry ever be able to eat on his own? In Henry, the Impatient Heron, Donna Love takes readers along with Henry as he learns a valuable lesson from the King of Camouflage! Hilarious and lighthearted illustrations by Christina Wald complement the important lesson in the text. It is a meaningful lesson for both herons and kids alike, which teaches the importance of just being still!
How the Moon Regained Her Shape – This fascinating story influenced by Native American folktales explains why the moon changes shape and helps children deal with bullies. After the sun insults and bullies her, the moon feels so badly hurt that she shrinks and leaves the sky. The moon turns to a comet and her many friends on earth to comfort her. Her friends include rabbits and Native Americans. Then she regains her full shape, happiness, and self-esteem. The moon also returns to her orbit.
And for the younger siblings just beginning counting and ABC’s
ABC Safari - Let’s search for adventure above in the sky. We’ll scout through the mountains and hills, and then try exploring the forests, the meadows and plains, across the dry desert and through jungle rains. We’ll trek through a swamp, a puddle, a pond, in lakes and the river, the ocean beyond. But, what are we looking for? Who will we see? Find animals on this Safari with me! Once you’ve discovered all the animals, turn to the “For Creative Minds” educational section for sorting cards and animal fun facts.
Count Down to Fall - The summer days get a little colder; the leaves turn from green to orange and red. Fall must be on the way, and while you unpack sweaters and scarves, the animals frolic outside in the crisp autumn air beneath a wide blue sky. In Fran Hawk’s Count Down to Fall, watch the falling leaves tumble all around. The vibrant and detailed illustrations of Sherry Neidigh capture the majesty of the maple, the oak, the linden, and more. Critters play in the time of changing seasons, and remind us that the changes of the earth affect us all-animals and humans alike!
We hope that you have a wonderful first day of school!
Each year Deb Gaby helps select a reading theme for the school year at Milford Elementary School. This year, to kick off the BIG reading year, we hosted a carnival. Kids made book… Read MoreAdd a Comment
I’m so excited to be guest posting at The Nerdy Book Club today. Here’s the start and then head over there to read the rest. “Mom, I’ve decided to start a reading club,”… Read MoreAdd a Comment
First Book and our corporate partners take summer slide seriously. And we all should! It accounts for two-thirds of the achievement gap between poor children and affluent children in the communities we call home.
Two of our corporate partners, CBS EcoMedia and Bob Evans, recently took to Detroit to battle summer slide. Together they provided 2,500 new books to schools in Detroit through EcoMedia’s EducationAd program. EducationAd repurposes CBS advertiser dollars to fund projects that benefit education within local communities.
To celebrate the donation, employee volunteers from Bob Evans served up breakfast and books at Gompers Elementary – reading with students and providing each 2nd grader with two new books to take home. CBS EcoMedia President and Founder Paul Polizzotto and Bob Evans’ mascots Biscuits and Gravy attended to share their love of reading with students.
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Here are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage.
Books and Reading
Fun post at Our Learning Collection linking to Book Nook Collections!http://ourlearningcollection.blogspot.com/2013/06/book-nook-collections.html?m=1 …
Just got word that my order of the 7th edition of Jim Trelease's READ-ALOUD HANDBOOK has shipped. Highly recommended! http://ow.ly/mji7L
Libraries and eBooks
Great piece from Kevin Ashton on the necessity for creativity of saying no to requests http://ow.ly/mltnj via Donna Gephart
Summer Reading Lists
Read Aloud Books for Kids and Other Ideas For Summer Fun from @pragmaticmom #kidlit http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2013/06/read-aloud-books-for-kids/ …
Other Book Lists
This is the very first Summer in 30 years that I am NOT involved with a public library's Summer Reading Club. Do I miss it? Um..... Actually, yes, I do.
So in memory of 30 Summer Reading Clubs - which doesn't include the ones I belonged to as a child or helped with as a teen library page - I will offer you some online Reading Clubs.
|Here's a summery book - Kate Coombs' Water Sings Blue.|
When Estrella Elementary opened their doors in 2010, they had barely any books available to students. A Title I school located in an impoverished Los Angeles neighborhood, Estrella can only supply a limited number of books and educational resources to each classroom, and has no books at all to help their students at home.
This lack is not lost on the teachers and staff.
“They need much more than just classroom reading,” said Ana Martinez, a teacher at Estrella Elementary. “Schools and individual classrooms alike need a plethora of books that will spark student’s interest and that will inspire them to learn on their own.”
Thanks to the generosity of the Guru Krupa Foundation, First Book was able to change that.
Before Estrella closed its doors for summer vacation, every student was able to select up to three books to take home as their own, combating the summer slide. The students were overjoyed. Some asked when they had to return the books. The answer is: never. Those books are theirs to keep and read over summer vacation.
“I can’t wait to read these books during the summer,” said Alma, a third-grader. “I always wanted my very own chapter book. I’m going to set a goal to finish all three books over the summer. I want to read to my mom and little brothers so that they can learn English too.”
Estrella Elementary is one of 14 schools that now have brand-new books to put into the hands of their students thanks to the Guru Krupa Foundation. Through a generous grant, the Guru Krupa Foundation has made an immense impact by distributing more than 9,500 books across 14 different schools in Los Angeles.
It was an article in the New York Times that first drew the attention of Mukund Padmanabhan, president of the Guru Krupa Foundation, to First Book.
“The New York Times article made us aware of First Book’s activities, and funding a project with them to put books into the hands of young readers fit right in with our education-related initiatives,” said Mukund Padmanabhan. “We at Guru Krupa Foundation believe that education is a cornerstone for future success in life. Supporting initiatives that bring the benefits of education to underprivileged children can lead to enormous future dividends, not only for the children but to society.”
Guru Krupa Foundation is a New York based private foundation that funds various initiatives related to education, health, and basic sustenance of underprivileged children in India and the United States.
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Still digging into Dwelling in Possibility by Howard Mansfield. In the current chapter he is writing about the destruction of dwellings during WWII - the dropping of massive bombs in Germany and England in an effort by each to uproot the others' civilization. "Dehousing", as we know, did not work - the civilians on both sides only dug in deeper. What's so fascinating (in the darkest way), is that they knew it wasn't working against themselves but thought they would be successful doing it against the enemy. If this isn't an example of war's insanity, I don't know what is.
I'm loving this book - from clutter to bombing, he is making me think so much.
What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife? A Memoir of Jerusalem by David Harris-Gershon. This is for Booklist, written by an American who was in Jerusalem as a grad student with his wife when she was the victim of terrorism. It is as much about writing as survival; an unexpected book.
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. This one deals with WWI, the flu epidemic and spirit photography. It's for the October column and appropriately spooky although far deeper and more thoughtful than I expected and a lot more about the impact of war and plague then romance (though there is a love story here). I'm always happy to be surprised while reading.
Queen Victoria's Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy ed by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. Also for the October column, I'm a few stories in and already overwhelmed by the sheer joy of this collection. Holy cow - it's fantastic. Contributors include Elizabeth Bear, Jeffrey Ford, Delia Sherman, Kathe Koja, Gregory Maguire...you get the idea. This one is pure reading candy.
What I'm Reviewing:
Edward Lear's Nonsense Birds & Advice to Little Girls by Mark Twain in two darling new reprints from the Bodleian Library and Enchanted Lion Books. Consider them picture books for hipsters - but in a good way. I'm liking different these days; I'm longing for different. These are different and good and that is a good thing.
What I'm Writing:
An article about the recovery of a B25 from a sandbar in the Alaskan Interior. This is an update; they got the wreckage last month and shipped it out to Michigan. Eventually it will be rebuilt and serve as the cornerstone of an aviation museum there.
Also, I'm waiting on the release of a Probable Cause report from the NTSB for an accident that occurred two years ago (that's how long these things can take). It's due any day now and I want to write something up on that. And a destination piece about flying to one of the most remote national parks in the country. (Because if you can, shouldn't you?)
For my book, it is men you've never heard of and places you've never been. I feel like I'm in the deepest dark heart of outer space on this one. I don't know if anyone will care about it, but I just keep plugging along.Add a Comment