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“I have a daughter and a son, I’ve taught middle school and high school and worked at a bookstore. These are all books I love, can sell, and that my children loved as well.”
Kind of a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fantasy set in an alternate Japan where people can have superpowers. It’s really well-done fantasy.
A fantastic graphic novel about Jon’s boyhood in Flint, Michigan, where my husband is also from. It’s funny and real and mostly funny.
These are so imaginative, innocent, and creative. I am a big fan of smart graphic novels and how they make us think.
There’s a stuffed stoat in these books. I’m not even sure what that is, but do I really need to say more?
Same Lois Lowry as THE GIVER, but a completely different kind of story, one where the kids are super smart and the adults need to get a clue.
My 16 y.o. has read and reread this book about a 14 y.o. rugby player. It’s a story about all the confusion that’s part and parcel of growing up while simultaneously injecting humor and love and redemption into the entire mix.
Nicholas is irreverent and slightly naughty and a bit clueless but always funny.
(by Georgia Bragg & Kevin O’Malley)
Just like the title says, this is a book about how famous people died. But really it’s a history book.
I read this book in three hours. Granted, I told my family I wasn’t feeling well so they actually left me alone for that amount of time, but I devoured this book. There’s an unreliable narrator and a shocking ending and a slew of open-ended questions that we still argue about in our house.
I like to learn how extraordinary/successful people approach life and this is a unique (just published) book about methods and ideals that Jim Tressell brings to his Ohio State football program.
My favorite Everest book; my favorite adventure book.
Here are some of my favorite spooky novels (in some cases thrillers or otherwise twisty), and in particular books that influenced me while I was working on Amity!
"The ne plus ultimate haunted house story, I like to think of Amity's Gwen as sort of a modern spin on Eleanor, a young woman seeing and experiencing ghostly things, whose mind and perceptions can't be trusted."
"A slow-burner filled with atmosphere. Merricat is the platonic ideal of an unreliable narrator."
"A suggestible man, prone to violence, isolated in a hotel that exerts evil force over his will... Jack Torrance is to Amity's Connor as Hill House's Eleanor is to Gwen."
"A modern take on The Turn of the Screw, Griffin draws from chilling source material and makes it her own for today's teen readers."
"A dark and twisty thriller (the movie's great, too) that serves up multiple POV's on a platter. I spent a lot of time poring over the many distinct voices of that book."
"Epic and sprawling, boldly visionary, and still she manages to tie all of her narrative threads together by the series' conclusion. To spend ten minutes in that woman's head!"
"Pacing, pacing, pacing. Totally un-put-downable."
"(That one probably goes without saying.)"
"The pages turn and the ending twists!"
The gold standard of comic strips. Fun for everyone; except Charlie Brown, who seems a little down on his luck.
Lessons learned include: just because you've got a best friend doesn't mean you have to pour pea soup in your shoes. I try to re-read this before I start making new book.
When Hobbes is wise, Calvin is a stinker. When Hobbes is hungry, Calvin is in trouble.
A dog party in a tree? Wait for me, I’ve got to get my hat!
The best comic strip you've never heard of. Alice and her family walk in the footsteps of Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes, only sideways.