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30 November 2005 @ 07:52 pm
what are you afraid of?  
Am feeling quite content as I finished two books today. VALIANT bit the dust in the dentist's chair (and who knew what a perfect book it sould be while I sat and waited for the novocain to take effect?). I was surprised at the twists and turns this book took in the latter part of the story. Val flees from home after seeing her mother making out with her (Val's) boyfriend. She ends up in NYC where she falls in with a couple of street kids who inform her of the existence of faeries and other magical beings who live among the human population. Val is skeptical at first but eventually finds herself bound in service to a troll. Trust me, this works within the context of the novel and makes the reader enter this strange world readily. Val is trapped in this other world of the city she has always loved. How she escapes, finds love, and defeats a magical being makes for absorbing reading.

Don Gallo's forthcoming story collection centers on phobias. So, what makes your skin crawl? Fear of open spaces like the protagonist in Alex Flinn's story, "The Door"? Perhaps you are scared of cats like the young man who has to confront his fears in David Lubar's "Claws and Effect?" Stories from Joan Bauer, Ron Koertge, Angela Johnson and other stellar YA writers make this collection strong. I know that story collections do not always circulate well in the library world. I have seen the dust gathering on those shelves. However, I think a great teacher or librarian could make this collection (and the others by the talented Dr. G) circ more if they simply took some time to use them in the classroom in lieu of the old tired stories in the literature anthologies. Or perhaps just offering a story or two for read aloud fun is another way to get these collections off the shelves and into the hands of readers?

Taking a few books along on my travels this weekend, including some audio as driving from here to southmost Texas to central Texas and back home will put some mileage on the car and probably some more cellulite on my posterior. More later, friends.
Current Mood: contentcontent
sdnsdn on November 30th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)
I MISSED YOU in pittsburgh, which SUCKED

please still like me.
thunderchikin on December 1st, 2005 09:57 am (UTC)
Pittsburg wasn't *that* bad.
mary pearsonmarypearson on December 1st, 2005 01:47 pm (UTC)
I thought Pittsburgh was LOVELY! Nice people, beautiful bridges (but alas, no red cardinals)
thunderchikin on December 1st, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC)
I was just teasing Sharyn for her modifier. Pittsburg was just lovely, especially the fireworks on the river and the snow falling as I left.
thunderchikin on December 1st, 2005 09:57 am (UTC)
The last story
by Neal Schusterman was really creepy, so of course, it was my favorite.
ex_zeisgeis on December 1st, 2005 04:13 pm (UTC)
A word of thanks.
Just got my December issue of VOYA and saw your really lovely review of ANYONE BUT YOU. I'm glad you enjoyed the book, but more so, I'm glad you actually "got" what I was trying to do, both with the family structure and the open ending.

I don't know if it's kosher to send thank you notes to reviewers, but I was so jazzed by the review that I couldn't help myself.

All best,
professornanaprofessornana on December 3rd, 2005 05:05 am (UTC)
Re: A word of thanks.
I love knowing that you appreciated the review. You know as an author that you send your work out there and most of the time do not hear back all the time. So, when someone says I read it and liked it, it is a compliment and a HUGE relief. Kosher or not, thanks.