Vacation Reading

This post was started in the midst of my recent vacation, but then there were internet connection issues and piles of stuff to go through when I got back to Texas and, well, you know how it is.  Part of my trip was spent at a friend’s house who is also a big kid litContinue reading “Vacation Reading”

Idol or friend?

As a kid, my focus was always on the stories.  Eventually, I figured out that some of my favorite authors had careers beyond the books I loved so much.  Or that their lives were very different from what I imagined based on their novels.  But no matter what, they were my literary idols. My loveContinue reading “Idol or friend?”

For fans of Gone-Away Lake

Today, while doing incredibly domestic things like reorganizing my kitchen cabinets, I listed again to this episode of This American Life. In “The House on Loon Lake,” a couple of kids find an abandoned house in the woods.  Inside, it’s filled with stuff–from food still  in the cupboard to letters to clothing.  Along the way, theContinue reading “For fans of Gone-Away Lake”

Cold and hot

When thinking about extreme weather, the kidlit fan naturally turns to The Long Winter.  The story of one of the worst winters ever just doesn’t seem to lose its appeal.  I know plenty of people that pick it up and reread whenever they’re snowbound.  Chapter titles like “We’ll Weather the Blast,” “Cold and Dark,” and “NotContinue reading “Cold and hot”

My new favorite family, the Melendys

There was a time, not so very long ago, when I was not familiar with the Melendy family.  Sure, I had heard them mentioned by friends, and they sounded like a nice enough family.  But my life, I thought, was full.  Ooops. For those that don’t know about the Melendys, they are the center ofContinue reading “My new favorite family, the Melendys”