Tag: Classic Middle Grade/YA Challenge

The Immortality of Love: Little Women

Posted December 19, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 13 Comments
The Immortality of Love: Little Women

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (1868-9)   What makes Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women immortal, when as a nineteenth-century moral story for the young it should properly have been forgotten long ago? A portion of the reading population might like to forget it, as Elaine Showalter points out in her illuminating introduction to my Penguin […]

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A Christmas Gift: I Saw Three Ships

Posted December 15, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 17 Comments
A Christmas Gift: I Saw Three Ships

Elizabeth Goudge, I Saw Three Ships (1969)   Just in time for Christmas, the wonderful folks at David R. Godine, Publisher have reprinted their edition of Elizabeth Goudge’s story I Saw Three Ships. In this brief tale set in the West Country of England a couple of centuries ago, we are introduced to the irrepressible […]

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Witch Week Day Six: Readalong of Witch Week

Posted November 5, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Witch Week Day Six: Readalong of Witch Week

UK paperback, Mammoth We’ve arrived at the fifth of November, known as Guy Fawkes or Bonfire Night in the UK, and the last day of Witch Week according to the book of that title by Diana Wynne Jones — which, appropriately, has been our readalong selection for this event. This being the first time I’ve […]

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My First Diana Wynne Jones: Charmed Life

Posted September 26, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
My First Diana Wynne Jones: Charmed Life

Diana Wynne Jones, Charmed Life (Greenwillow, 1977) The first book you read by a favorite author has a special quality. Even if there are other books by the same author that you realize are more worthy of recognition, the joy of discovery lends your “first” a lingering glow. Sometimes, the particular circumstances of finding the […]

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A Song of Second Chances: A Solitary Blue

Posted August 29, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
A Song of Second Chances: A Solitary Blue

Cynthia Voigt, A Solitary Blue (1983) I owe Cynthia Voigt an apology. When she won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song in 1983, beating out my favorite book at the time (The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley), I retaliated by refusing to read it or any others in what came to be an acclaimed seven-book […]

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Five of a Kind: All-of-a-Kind Family

Posted July 25, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
Five of a Kind: All-of-a-Kind Family

Sydney Taylor, All-of-a-Kind Family (1951) I don’t know why I never read All-of-a-Kind Family when growing up, but I was reminded that I needed to thanks to The Midnight Garden’s Classic MG/YA Readalong. I was very glad to finally get to know this beloved account of five girls growing up in a Jewish family on […]

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The Magic of Friendship: Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth

Posted June 27, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
The Magic of Friendship: Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth

E.L. Konigsburg, Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth (1967) Realizing that I’ve read many, but not all, of E.L. Konigsburg’s fantastically-titled novels, I’ve decided to try to read all fourteen of them in publication order…no deadline. If you’ve any interest in reading along, let me know! First up is Jennifer, Hecate (etc.), a […]

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Out of the Gutter: Smith

Posted June 6, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Out of the Gutter: Smith

Leon Garfield, Smith: The Story of a Pickpocket (1967) But there was great determination in him. Each fresh disaster he endured seemed to strengthen his bond with the document…and whatever it might contain. In a way, it seemed to be payment in advance. “Dickensian” is a word freely tossed about in describing a certain strain […]

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Enchantress from the Stars: Armchair BEA Day Five

Posted May 30, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 4 Comments
Enchantress from the Stars: Armchair BEA Day Five

Sylvia Louise Engdahl, Enchantress from the Stars (1970).   Today’s Armchair BEA theme is middle-grade/YA fiction, so I’m taking a second look at a YA science fiction classic. This was the recipient of the 1990 Phoenix Award and has been praised by the likes of Madeleine L’Engle, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Lois Lowry, so it quickly […]

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Harriet’s Sister: A Long Way From Verona

Posted April 25, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 2 Comments
Harriet’s Sister: A Long Way From Verona

Jane Gardam, A Long Way from Verona (1971) Can you believe Harriet the Spy is 50 years old? Yes, she first made her appearance in 1964. In honor of this anniversary here’s a recent reread at A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy that goes through the whole book with chapter-by-chapter reactions, ending up […]

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