Category Archives: Quest Literature

Cinder by Marissa Meyer


OK, first spoiler, there is no scarlet slipper I could find anywhere in the book. However the artificial foot does come into play several times. With the former Chinese obsession for tiny bound feet, the author has thrown in an … Continue reading

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Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt


http://www.amazon.com/Keturah-Lord-Death-Martine-Leavitt/dp/1590789490 I was drawn to this book because I have a student with a lovely spirit named Keturah. Her name comes from the Old Testament. She wanted me to find a book about her biblical character which I was unable … Continue reading

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Inherit Midnight by Kate Kae Myers


This was a real page turner. The heroine is dark haired and ivory skinned, almost eighteen. She has been raised by her grandmother, isolated in a mansion. Her mother died at her birth, at least that is the family story. … Continue reading

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The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy


This was a very entertaining read. The plays on words and alliteration reminded me of Roald Dahl as in James and the Giant Peach or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The heroine is Jo, a young teen living with her … Continue reading

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The Last Brazil of Benjamin East, by Jonathan Freedman


Pulitzer Prize winning author Jonathan Freedman is from Burlingame, California. His non-fiction writing for the San Diego Tribune contributed to immigration reform. This book was thirty years in the making. He wrote it as a young man, put it away … Continue reading

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These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly (Advance Reader’s Copy)


I like that this story is set in 1800’s New York, during the time of the “Captains of Industry,” when families like the Astors and the Vanderbilts sought advantageous marriages to “preserve bloodlines.” Proper young ladies went to finishing schools, … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin


My son downloaded The Game of Thrones for me onto my Kindle. It has taken me many months to read the first four books on my Kindle, but it has been an enjoyable journey. The only thing is, as a working … Continue reading

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Hugo, the film, directed by Martin Scorsese


This is a marvelousl film! I went to see it New Year’s Day at the Shattuck Cinema in downtown Berkeley. I should have brought a bigger hankie! I went by myself but would like to bring my 11 and 15 … Continue reading

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The Ghost of Hannah Mendes by Naomi Ragen


This is one of the absolute best books I have read in awhile. I also enjoyed Naomi’s Sacrifice of Tamar, but this book blows that one out of the water! A bias of mine is that I love good historical … Continue reading

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Wabi Sabi, By Mark Reibstein, Illustrated by Ed Young


This is a children’s picture book but can be enjoyed by several age groups including adults on several levels. I have been busy working on a Readers’ Advisory Project of books for 5 to 8 year olds for the past … Continue reading

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