Tag: Phoenix Award

Classics Club: The Fledgling

Posted July 2, 2017 by Lory in reviews / 11 Comments
Classics Club: The Fledgling

Jane Langton, The Fledgling (1980) Although I read and enjoyed the first three books in Jane Langton’s “Hall Family Chronicles” as a child, I never ventured further for some reason. So when I saw book four, The Fledgling, on the Phoenix Award list, I wanted to finally catch up with it. Like the first three […]

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New Reprint Review: The Mark of the Horse Lord

Posted July 10, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 12 Comments
New Reprint Review: The Mark of the Horse Lord

Rosemary Sutcliff, The Mark of the Horse Lord (1965) I haven’t read much Rosemary Sutcliff, but I really need to change that. This new edition of The Mark of the Horse Lord from Chicago Review Press brings one of Sutcliff’s classic works of historical fiction back into print 50 years after its original publication, and […]

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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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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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The Sally Lockhart Trilogy

Posted January 1, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 7 Comments
The Sally Lockhart Trilogy

Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke (1986) Philip Pullman, The Shadow in the North (1988) Philip Pullman, The Tiger in the Well (1990)   Before there was Lyra Belacqua, there was Sally Lockhart. Prior to creating the unforgettable Lyra of The Golden Compass and its blockbuster sequels, Philip Pullman was perhaps best known for […]

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My Favorite Witch and Wizard: Howl’s Moving Castle

Posted January 1, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 0 Comments
My Favorite Witch and Wizard: Howl’s Moving Castle

Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle (Greenwillow, 1986) Some people just don’t “get” fantasy. They are unable to comprehend the appeal of stories full of people who never existed and never could have, genealogical tables composed entirely of unpronounceable names, and endless endpaper maps portraying craggy coastlines that look like Wales, but aren’t, quite. They […]

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