Tag Archives: coming of age

The Eye of Childhood, short stories


The Eye of Childhood is a collection of short stories by notable authors including Graham Greene, John Updike, and D.H. Lawrence, most of them male and most of them from the British Isles. They generally focus on horrific experiences in … Continue reading

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Lucky Breaks, by Susan Patron


Lucky Breaks is the second book in the trilogy that started with Patron’s 2007 Newbery Award winning book, The Higher Power of Lucky. Lucky is nearing her 11th birthday. She lives in the tiny town of Hard Pan (pop. 43) … Continue reading

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The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz


This story is told in the first person by a 14-year old girl through her journal, written in 1911. It starts out slowly as she is working on a farm. Her mother has passed away and she is doing all … Continue reading

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Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge


Cuckoo Song is a fascinating and compelling book on several levels. As an adult and mother of a teenage girl, I suppose I interpret and experience it on a different plane from my middle school students. Its plot intertwines with … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James


My excuse is that I am just getting acquainted with my new Kindle. This was one of the books where they suggest reading the first chapter to see if you want to buy the book. I mentioned my surprise at … Continue reading

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The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon


First of all, I want to thank my friend Barb Kaplan for recommending this book to me as we enjoyed a picnic before watching The Taming of the Shrew, pirate style, at Marin Shakespeare. This book uses wonderful language. It … Continue reading

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A Walk to Remember, by Nicholas Sparks


Most of you will know Nicholas Sparks as the author of The Notebook. I never read the book, but I watched the movie several times. It is lovely and romantic, and sad as romantic movies often are. This book is … Continue reading

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