Sunrise was at 5:55, sunset will be at 8:20. I am so happy the days are longer now. Even if it is gray and supposed to rain (so much for the sun we were supposed to get at some point today), it's so much easier to deal with when it's light outside.
Look at this bank of lilacs alongside our house! It's a truly bumper crop. I got in there last summer and fall and just cut and hacked at it, pushing it back off the yard and the sidewalk and it just reveled in the pain. We had some warm, wet weather last week and the air was thick with the scent of lilacs. I've found some broken leaves around the bottom of the hill so I know the neighbors are enjoying them, too.
I went to the library yesterday to pick up the books I ordered up a week ago: The rest of the Galahad series by Dom Testa are in my hands! Kalloo Kallay! I am really looking forward to reading straight through the series! I love these science fiction books for teens. 251 teenagers put on a ship and headed off into space 5 years from Earth, hopefully to roll in close to an Earth-like planet they will be able to colonize.
They're pretty exciting, lots of gossip and intrigue, lots of chances to lose a life or a friend, plenty of action and descriptions of space, and they're pretty well thought out. There is a girl as captain, there's someone in charge of exercise and socializing, a botanist, kids with a penchant for nursing or medicine, lots of engineers. And, in the second book, a ship's cat named Iris.
I think they'd be great for ages 11 and up, lots of romantic intrigue (it makes sense, it's part of life and they're trying to keep life as close to normal as possible as it can be out past Saturn and the Kuiper Belt) but there's nothing that an 11 year-old wouldn't know about. It certainly doesn't take away from the sheer excitement and adventure of any other space opera.
The titles in the series are, in chronological order, The Comet's Curse; The Web of Titan; The Cassini Code; The Dark Zone; Cosmic Storm; and The Galaxy Legacy. They are all published by Tor Teen, the first three are in paper for $8.99, the next are only in hardcover right now: $17.99 and $18.99.
likes to read and write in Seattle. I've been primarily a children's bookseller most of my career and recently became an owner of Eagle Harbor Book Company on Bainbridge Island. I ride a ferry to work! Reading and connecting people to books is what I love to do. There's not much more to say: I read, I'm married, we have a cat...I see hummingbirds out the window. It is a good life.