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138. Battle of the Zombies by The Beastly Boys

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Battle of the Zombies by The Beastly Boys. Illustrated by Jonny Duddle (US) - (Canada)
An Awfully Beastly Business, #5

Pages: 180
Ages: 7+
Finished: May 14, 2012
First Published: July 8, 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (UK)
Genre: children, fantasy, paranormal, ghosts, zombies
Rating: 5/5


First sentence: "It was the dead of night and high in the sky a hot-air balloon was drifting through the darness.

Publisher's Summary: "In the RSPCB's most dangerous mission to date, Ulf the werewolf visits a haunted castle to investigate some very spooky goings-on. But little does he know that he's heading into a trap: the evil Baron Marackai is lying in wait with a beastly plan - and this time he's got help from the dead! Can Ulf unravel the ghostly mystery, or will he end up as zombie food? The future of the RSPCB depends on him..."

Acquired: Purchased a new copy from a British online retailer.

Reason for Reading:  Next in the series.

My son absolutely lo…

31. The Coldest City by Antony Johnston

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The Coldest City by Antony Johnston. Illustrated by Sam Hart. (Canada) - (US)

Pages: 172
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jan. 29, 2012
First Published: May 29, 2012
Publisher: Oni Press
Genre: graphic novel, spy thriller, historical fiction
Rating: 3/5





First sentence:  "Wir wollen raus!  Well, old boy, I suppose that's it for us."


Acquired: Received an egalley from Oni Press through NetGalley.

Reason for Reading:  I love cold war spy thrillers.

Publisher's Summary:  "November 1989. Communism is collapsing, and soon the Berlin Wall will come down with it. But before that happens there is one last bit of cloak & dagger to attend to. Two weeks ago, an undercover MI6 officer was killed in Berlin. He was carrying information from a source in the East - a list that allegedly contains the name of every espionage agent working in Berlin, on all sides. No list was found on his body. Now Lorraine Broughton, an experienced spy with no pre-existing ties to Berlin, has been …

DNF: Mr. Hornaday's War: How a Peculiar Victorian Zookeeper Waged a Lonely Crusade for Wildlife That Changed the World by Stefan Bechtel

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Mr. Hornaday's War: How a Peculiar Victorian Zookeeper Waged a Lonely Crusade for Wildlife That Changed the World by Stefan Bechtel (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 272
Ages: 18+
Finished: 49%,
First Published: May 15, 2012
Publisher: Beacon Press
Genre: biography, non-fiction, conservationist, hunter, Victorian
Rating: DNF


First sentence: "On the fair spring morning of May 6, 1886, an intense-looking young gentleman with eyes that burned like meteors and jet-black beard vaulted up the stairs of a Pennsylvania Railroad westbound train, which was steaming at the platform in Union Station, near downtown Washington D.C."

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher through Edelweiss.

Reason for Reading: I particularly enjoy reading biographies of Victorian personalities, especially those who run counter to our modern day perceptions. I was particularly looking forward to the world-wide specimen hunting part of the story and the controversy surrounding his life.

I wa…

Paul Levine's Solomon Vs Lord Series

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PAUL LEVINE feature

Award-nominated author Paul Levine has re-released his series Solomon vs Lord on Kindle.  This is a four book acclaimed series of thrillers featuring lawyers Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord. Originally published in the 2000's by Bantam. Books from this suspenseful and humorous series were nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller and James Thurber awards. I've been hearing them compared to the old TV show "Moonlighting" and am very excited to give these books a try.  I currently have the first two books in the series.  Check these out!  Each one is under $5!







Trial lawyer Victoria Lord, who follows every rule, and Steve Solomon, who makes up his own, bicker and banter as they defend a beautiful young woman, accused of killing her wealthy, older husband.

Solomon and Lord come together – and fly apart – defending Victoria’s “Uncle Grif” on charges he killed a man with a speargun. It’s a case set in the Florida Keys with si…

137. Spontaneous by Joe Harris

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Spontaneous by Joe Harris. Art by Brett Weldele (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 144
Ages: 14+
Finished: May 12, 2012
First Published: Feb. 7, 2012
Publisher: Oni Press
Genre: YA, paranormal, mystery, conspiracy
Rating: 3/5



First sentence: "Case File #3. Your average shopping mall food court."

Publisher's Summary:
"Phenomenon, conspiracy or delusion? "Kelvin" Melvin Reyes was only three years old when Spontaneous Human Combustion took his father from him. He's since devoted his life to exploring the mystery behind the phenomenon, searching for a pattern and predictors that he might save others from that same fiery fate. But the closer he gets to his goal, the further things lead down a well of secrets, horrors and terrible truths. Is SHC real? And, if so, can it be stopped?"

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher.

Reason for Reading: Once upon a time when I was a wacky teenager, I was really into spontaneous human combustion and read lots of st…

136. Yellow Submarine by The Beatles

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The Beatles Yellow Submarine Adapted by Charlie Gardner. Artwork by Heinz Edelmann (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 40
Ages: 5+
Finished: May 11, 2012
First Published: Apr. 24, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: children, picture book, fantasy, based on a song
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: "Once upon a time or maybe twice there was an unearthly paradise called ... Pepperland."


Publisher's Summary: "The animated classic now a spectacular midi storybook!

Once upon a time (or maybe twice), some 80,000 leagues beneath the sea, there lay a colorful land of song and laughter called Pepperland, where Sergeant Pepper's Band was always playing your song--until the Blue Meanies burst on the scene and chased all the music and magic way. So began the classic 1968 film Yellow Submarine, inspired by a song and quickly hailed as a visionary masterpiece -- an avant-garde amalgam of Heinz Edelmann’s pop art, Beatles music, and groundbreaking animation techniques.

Now, just in time for a…

135. 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

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172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad. Translated by Tara F. Chace (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 359
Ages: 14+
Finished: May 11, 2012
First Published: (2008, Norway) Apr.17, 2012 US
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Genre: YA, science fiction, horror
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: ""That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard," Mia Nomeland said, giving her parents an unenthusiastic look."

Publisher's Summary: "It's been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA's unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space--and change their lives forever.
Mia, from Norway, hopes this will be her punk band's ticket to fame and fortune.

Midori believes it's her way out of her restrained life in Japan.
Antoine, from France, just wants to get as far away from his ex-girlfriend as possible.
It's the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teena…

134. The Amazing Mini-Mutts by Donald Lemke

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The Amazing Mini-Mutts by Donald Lemke. Illustrated by Art Baltazar. (Canada) - (US)
DC Super-Pets! series

Pages: 49
Ages: 6+
Finished: Mar. 10, 2011
First Published: Jan. 1, 2012
Publisher: Picture Window Books
Genre: Early chapter books, Superheroes
Rating: 4/5



First sentence: "Welcome to Bowwow Boot Camp!" said Krypto.

Publisher's Summary: On planet Earth, KRYPTO, ACE, SWIFTY, and other SUPER-PET pooches visit the Bowwow Boot Camp, a school for up-and-coming pups with powers. They're ready to show this new breed of heroes a few old tricks. Unfortunately, Brainicat, an evil cyborg kitty from the planet Colu, wants to teach these canine cadets a lesson as well. Using his hyper-forces, the villain shrinks the Bowwow Boot Camp to microscopic size and traps the mini mutts inside a glass bottle. To escape, these prep-school pups must step up and discover their own super hero identities.

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Publishing.

Reason for Reading: …

133. Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Vol. 3 by Yumi Tsukirino

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Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Vol. 3 by Yumi Tsukirino. (Canada) - (US)
Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, Vol. 3

Pages: 179
Ages: 5+
Finished: May 10, 2012
First Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: viz media
Genre: children, manga, fantasy, humour
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: "Cinnamoroll brought a treasure chest with him from the sky."

Publisher's Summary: "The Cinnamon Friends read about the Land of Sweets on a stone tablet they discover in Cinnamoroll's treasure chest. They set out to find this mysterious place and come across a new candy shop with a long line of people in front. Could this be the place they're looking for?"

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon and Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading:  Next in the series.

The third volume in this delightful kids' manga aimed at girls brings about some subtle changes.  The first is the entire exclusion of the former nemesis of the pups, Cavity.  He does not appear in this volume at all, nor is he m…

132. Behind Enemy Lines by Carol Matas

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Behind Enemy Lines: World War II, Sam Frederiksen, Nazi-Occupied Europe, 1944 by Carol Matas (US) - (Canada)
I Am Canada series, 1944

Pages: 200
Ages: 10+
Finished: May 8, 2012
First Published: Feb. 1, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Canada
Genre: historical fiction, WWII, occupied France, Canadian author,  POWs
Rating: 4/5



First sentence: "From my rear turret I got a glimpse of our attacker, a twin-engine Ju88, coming in for the kill."

Publisher's Summary: "Eighteen-year-old Sam Frederiksen has come a long way from the Prairies. Trained to be a gunner in a Lancaster bomber during WWII, he is shot down over France. Battered and bruised, he does survive, and joins forces with the French Resistance... only to be betrayed by one of its members. He and other flyers from various Allied countries are rounded up by the Gestapo and held in Fresnes prison just outside of Paris.

Treated as spies, rather — than POWs, these men are beaten, some tortured — then sent to Buche…

86. Snivel by Dale E. Basye

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Snivel by Dale E. Basye. Illustrations by Bob Dob (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
The Fifth Circle of Heck

Pages: 448
Ages: 9+
Finished: Mar. 20, 2012
First Published: May 22, 2012
Publisher: Random House
Genre: children, fantasy, paranormal, humour
Rating: 4/5


First sentence: "Milton Fauster - eleven years old at the time of his untimely death - looked outside past the marble balcony jutting over the crater, stunned as he took in the dreary spectacle of Snivel."

Publisher's Summary: "Dale E. Basye sends Milton and Marlo to Snivel, the circle reserved for crybabies, for their latest hilarious escapade in Heck. Snivel is a camp—a bummer camp—a dismal place where it's always raining, and Unhappy Campers are besieged by swarms of strange mosquitoes that suck the color right out of them. Soon the Fausters discover that some Unhappy Campers have been disappearing. So after Marlo gets chosen for a special project and never comes back, Milton makes up his mind to find…

131. Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 9

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The Dead Letter Office by Hiroyuki Asada (US) - (Canada)
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee, Vol. 9

Pages: 200
Ages: 13+
Finished: May 7, 2012
First Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: viz media
Genre: manga, fantasy, YA
Rating: 4/5



First sentence: "Number 13, Yasoumichi, Central Yuusari. The Beehive. This is the headquarters of the National Postal Service couriers, better known as the Letter Bees."

Publisher's Summary: "Lag’s hero, Gauche Suede, has returned to the Beehive–but not in the way Lag had hoped.While Gauche lies injured and unconscious, two mysterious government operatives show up to take him away, arousing the suspicions of the Beehive staff. What is the Amberground government trying to hide from the Letter Bees?"
Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Plenty of action and plot movement in this volume as we finally return to the capital.  Two new characters are introduced who move thin…

130. Into the Dream by William Sleator

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Into the Dream by William Sleator (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 154
Ages: 9+
Finished: May 6, 2012
First Published: 1979
Publisher: Apple/Scholastic
Genre: children, horror, science fiction
Rating: 3/5



First sentence: "The first dream did not seem strange to him."

Publisher's Summary: "Paul has a recurring nightmare, about a small boy in awful danger. When he learns that his classmate Francine has it, too, the two of them join forces to solve the mystery and save the boy--before their bad dream becomes a terrifying reality."

Acquired: Purchased a used copy at a thrift store.

Reason for Reading: This is from the random bookshelf that I am currently reading from for my own books and random bookshelf challenge I created for myself.  William Sleator is my favourite YA horror writer.

I thought I'd read this one before but could not recall the story at all while reading it and now don't believe I have.  This book is atypical of the usual Sleator book.  It is wr…

129. X, 3-in-1, Vol. II by Clamp

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X, 3-in-1, Vol. II by Clamp (US) - (Canada)
X/1999, Vol. 4,5,6

Pages: 192
Ages: 16+
Finished: May 5, 2012
First Published: 1993, 1994 (omnibus Apr. 17, 2012)
Publisher: viz media
Genre: manga, fantasy, YA
Rating: 2/5



First sentence: "Kamui...

Publisher's Summary: "Hinoto, Japan's greatest seer, has foretold the end of the world. At the center of her prophecy is a young man named Kamui Shiro, who possesses startling psychic powers. But Kamui is far from alone in this destiny. Armies are gathering, other people with unique powers: the “Seven Seals,” who seem to be Kamui's allies, and the “Seven Angels,” who might be his enemies. All are somehow linked to the destruction to come, and all are now coming to Tokyo to choose sides in the upcoming battle."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading:  Next in the series.

This omnibus edition collects volumes 4-6 of the previously published series.  The first Vol. (coll…

128. The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

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The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 278
Ages: 18+
Finished: May 4, 2012
First Published: Apr. 3, 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Genre: suspense, historical fiction
Rating: 3/5



First sentence: "The first day in the lifeboat we were mostly silent, either taking in or refusing to take in the drama playing itself out in the seething waters around us."

Publisher's Summary: "Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.

In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die.

As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found. Will she pay any p…

127. Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk by Megan McDonald

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Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk by Megan McDonald. illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds  (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Stink, #7

Pages: 145
Ages: 7+
Finished: May 1, 2012
First Published: Mar. 13, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: children, humour, realistic fiction
Rating: 5/5



First sentence: "Guts! Brains! Eyeballs!"

Publisher's Summary: "Guts! Brains! Eyeballs! There's only one week before the new book in the Nightmare on Zombie Street series comes out. Of corpse Stink will be first in line at the Blue Frog Bookstore to buy his copy and join the town's Midnight Zombie Walk! Until then, Stink and his friends keep busy making ketchup-stained zombie costumes, trying to raise money to buy the book, and racking up points for Virginia Dare School's race to one million minutes of reading. But with all that talk about the undead, Zink - that is, Stink - starts to wonder: is he being hunted by zombies? He does have a very delicious - er, superb - brain, aft…

126. Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones

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Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 352
Ages: 14+
Finished: Apr. 30, 2012
First Published: Mar. 8, 2011
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: YA, crime, realistic fiction
Rating: 3/5



First sentence: "Look up at the Plaza Regent, Blink, in the shivery morning light."

Publisher's Summary: "Boy, did Blink get off on the wrong floor. All he wanted was to steal some breakfast for his empty belly, but instead he stumbled upon a fake kidnapping and a cell phone dropped by an "abducted" CEO, giving Blink a link to his perfect blonde daughter. Now Blink is on the run, but it’s OK as long as he’s smart enough to stay in the game and keep Captain Panic locked in his hold. Enter a girl named Caution. As in "Caution: Toxic." As in "Caution: Watch Your Step." She’s also on the run, from a skeezy drug-dealer boyfriend and from a nightmare in her past that won’t let her go. When she spies Blink at the train station, C…

125. Tall: Great American Folktales: The Comics Anthology

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Tall: Great American Folktales: The Comics Anthology edited by Donald Lemke (US) - (Canada)
Graphic Spin


Pages: 144
Ages: 8+
Finished: May 2, 2012
First Published: 2010 (collection Jan. 1, 2012)
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: anthology, tall tales, folklore
Rating: 4/5



First sentence: "Have you ever read a Tall Tale?."

Publisher's Summary: "Four larger-than-life American folktales come alive in this collection of comics from award-winning creators and rising stars! The tall tales include Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, John Henry, and Johnny Appleseed."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading:  I love folklore and I love the Graphic Spin series put out by Capstone Press.

This is an omnibus collection of four previously published single volumes in the series, gathered together in this affordable trade paperback edition.  An attractive, sturdily bound volume, this will make the perfect purchase for the home while the individual  v…

124. The Justice League (The New 52) Vol. 1: The Origin by Geoff Johns

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The Justice League (The New 52) Vol. 1: The Origin by Geoff Johns. Art by Jim Lee & Scott Williams (Canada) - (US)
The Justice League (The New 52), Vol. 1

Pages: 192
Ages: 13+
Finished: Apr. 26, 2012
First Published: May 8, 2012
Publisher: DC Comics
Genre: graphic novel, super heroes
Rating:  5/5


First sentence: "There was a time when the world didn't call them its greatest super-heroes."

Publisher's Summary: "As a part of the monumental DC Comics—The New 52 event, comics superstars Geoff Johns and Jim Lee bring you an all-new origin story for the Justice League!
In a world where inexperienced superheroes operate under a cloud of suspicion from the public, loner vigilante Batman has stumbled upon a dark evil that threatens to destroy the earth as we know it. Now, faced with a threat far beyond anything he can handle on his own, the Dark Knight must trust an alien, a scarlet speedster, an accidental teenage hero, a space cop, an Amazon Princess and an…

123: Rudyard Kipling's How the Leopard Got His Spots: The Graphic Novel

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Rudyard Kipling's How the Leopard Got His Spots: The Graphic Novel by Sean Tulien. Illustrated by Pedro Rodriguez (US) - (Canada)
Graphic Spin

Pages: 39
Ages: 8+
Finished: Apr. 24, 2012
First Published: Jan. 2012, 2012
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: children, graphic novel, folktale
Rating: 5/5


First sentence: "Back in the days when everybody started fair..."

Publisher's Summary: "In this graphic retelling of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale, a leopard finds a way to hide when the Ethiopian covers him with spots."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: Graphic Spin is my favourite series from this publisher!

Loved this one even more than the Camel book!  In this book the narrator tells the story, and the animals & Ethiopian can hear him.  They talk back to him quite often and it's quite hilarious.  It doesn't mention who the illustrator has worked for in the past as an animator, but these animals facia…

122: Heresy: Ten Lies They Spread About Christianity by Michael Coren

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Heresy: Ten Lies They Spread About Christianity by Michael Coren. (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 231 +notes
Ages: 18+
Finished: Apr. 24, 2012
First Published: Apr. 24, 2012
Publisher: Signal
Genre: non-fiction, Christian
Rating: 5/5



First sentence: "In the summer of 2011, a horrendous mass murder occurred in Norway, with more than ninety people, most of them teenagers and even children, being slaughtered in a co-ordinated bomb and gun attack."

Publisher's Summary: "Michael Coren explores why and how Christians and Christian ideas are caricatured in popular media as well as in sophisticated society. He takes on, and debunks, ten great myths about Christianity: that it supports slavery, is racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-intellectual, anti-Semitic, provokes war, resists progress, and is repressive and irrelevant. In a climate that is increasingly as ignorant of Christianity as it is good at condemning it, Coren gives historical background, provides examples…

121. Rudyard Kipling's How the Camel Got His Hump: The Graphic Novel

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Rudyard Kipling's How the Camel Got His Hump: The Graphic Novel by Louise Simonson. Illustrated by Pedro Rodriguez (US) - (Canada)
Graphic Spin

Pages: 39
Ages: 8+
Finished: Apr. 23, 2012
First Published: Jan. 2012, 2012
Publisher: Stone Arch Books
Genre: children, graphic novel, folktale
Rating: 5/5


First sentence: "In the beginning of years, when the world was new, and the Animals were just beginning to work for Man, a family made its home on the edge of the Howling Desert ..."

Publisher's Summary: "When a camel refuses to do his share of work, a djinn punishes him by giving him a hump in this graphic retelling of Rudyard Kipling's classic tale."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading:  Graphic Spin is my favourite series from this publisher!

How delighted I was to see Stone Arch Press had added four of Rudyard Kipling's "Just So Stories" to their Graphic Spin series of fairytales and folktales! Pedro R…

120. The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen

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The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 306
Ages: 18+
Finished: Apr. 23, 2012
First Published: Mar. 27, 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt
Genre: Christian, religion, magical realism, miracles, bullying
Rating: 3.5/5




First sentence: "In the beginning there was an empty room, a little bit of space, a little bit of light, a little bit of time."

Publisher's Summary: "In Grace McCleen's harrowing, powerful debut, she introduces an unforgettable heroine in ten-year-old Judith McPherson, a young believer who sees the world with the clear Eyes of Faith. Persecuted at school for her beliefs and struggling with her distant, devout father at home, young Judith finds solace and connection in a model in miniature of the Promised Land that she has constructed in her room from collected discarded scraps—the Land of Decoration. Where others might see rubbish, Judith sees possibility and divinity in even the strangest traces left behind. As ominous …

119. Leviathan by Ian Edginton

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Leviathan by Ian Edginton.  Art by D'Israeli (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 112
Ages: 16+
Finished: Apr. 22, 2012
First Published: (2203-2005) Apr. 17, 2012 collected
Publisher: 2000AD
Genre: graphic novel, paranormal, horror, crime, historical fantasy
Rating: 5/5



First sentence: "The Lowenstein's killed themselves today.  Issac and Julia."

Publisher's Summary: "In 1928 the largest cruise liner the world has ever seen is launched. With a crew and passenger complement totalling nearly 30,000 people the Leviathan is bound for New York. However, it never reaches the Big Apple and simply… disappears!

Twenty years later – with the Leviathan stranded on an unearthly sea – Detective Sergeant Lament begins to investigate the mystery at the liner’s heart. What he discovers will change his world forever — but it might just bring the Leviathan home…"

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading:  I love the lost ship, The…

RIP - Maurice Sendak dies

'Where Wild Things Are' author Maurice Sendak dies

A legend.  One of the best. 

He was younger than I thought.

118. The Reeducation of Cherry Truong by Aimee Phan

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The Reeducation of Cherry Truong by Aimee Phan (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 368
Ages: 18+
Finished: Apr. 21, 2012
First Published: Mar. 13, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: historical fiction, family drama
Rating: 4/5



First sentence: "Cherry releases the grip around her brother, steadying her trembling feet onto the hot, bright concrete."

Publisher's Summary: "Cherry Truong’s parents have exiled her wayward older brother from their Southern California home, sending him to Vietnam to live with distant relatives. Determined to bring him back, twenty-one-year-old Cherry travels to their homeland and finds herself on a journey to uncover her family’s decades-old secrets—hidden loves, desperate choices, and lives ripped apart by the march of war and currents of history.

The Reeducation of Cherry Truong tells the story of two fierce and unforgettable families, the Truongs and the Vos: their harrowing escape from Vietnam after the war, the bet…