|P-Patch hens dust bathing in the warm dirt|
What a week for books! I had lunch with my friend Colleen, a rep for Penguin children's books, last Friday and she generously shared 4 new YA books with me. I've wolfed down two of them, am halfway through the third and have the fourth on the bedside table. On that Friday, a warm and sunny one, I was in the middle of Mink River, by Brian Doyle, and put it down for an hour (reading in a local bar) to dabble in Althea and Oliver, by Cristina Moracho.
And then, I woke up on Saturday with an awful sore throat and stayed home on Monday, sick, sick sick . Ah, but I love being sick if I don't have to work. Those long hours reading and sleeping, sweating and cooling, books, socks and kleenex discovered, pushed down to the foot of the bed, under the blankets.
Sick day books:
|Reading Mink River on a ferry in a cloudbirst|
Evie, our hero, is a young woman with no memory, wrapped in a dress of spider webs, who has just escaped a witch and is heading toward Pennyroyal Academy accompanied by a young man who is off to become a knight. Her journey to Princess is athwart in horror and terror.
Great action, horrible jealousy, a little romance, Pennyroyal Academy will be a hit with the 10 and ups and moms who are really tired of the standard fairy princess world - if Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch was in your stack of read alouds, this is the book for you. (Pennyroyal Academy: Penguin. Available 10/14. $16.99.) (Paper Bag Princess: Available now. $6.95. Paperback.)
|Probably not the cover! On my way to work after a sick day.|
Dove Arising was fun and thought provoking, filled with political machinations and really nasty people willing to hurt someone to get ahead. It is fast-paced, humorous, and I loved the military training scenes a lot; I think this could be a great book for both sexes. I am hoping there will be a sequel but it ends in such a way that it feels okay to wait. (Dove Arising: Viking. Due August 2014. $17.99.)
It's going to be a good year for books if just these few titles are anything to go by.