Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Giving Books? Suggestions

Finding books under the Christmas tree was both delight and dilemma. Should I read one all day--which I knew I'd finish by bedtime--and how could I choose which one to read first? Or should I read the first chapter of each one, then read the second chapters, and keep the order going until all were finished? Which method would make the magical stories last longer?

Deborah Wiles is a favorite author of mine. If I found these 3 books under my tree, the old familiar problem would rush out to greet me with a huge smile on its face:
1) LOVE, RUBY LAVENDER
2) EACH LITTLE BIRD THAT SINGS
3) THE AURORA COUNTY ALLSTARS

Deborah's characters endure, like friends in a town I could well have lived in when I was ten. I read these books out of order and was tickled pink as us small town folks say to find some of the lesser characters in one book take on major roles in another. Order doesn't matter. What matters is that a young reader you love is going to thank you for introducing her to Comfort Snowberger, Peach, Dismay, and .....

Now, how about you? What book(s) would have caused you to be late for Christmas dinner?

2 comments:

  1. Well Joan, Deborah's books are wonderful and her characters had me laughing and crying with each turned page. I have to say that my favorite book this year was Gone by Michael Grant, Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix, The Last Apprentice books by Joseph Delaney, and finally If I stay by Gayle Forman.
    If you want to read something other than children books, try--Riding Lessons: A Novel by Sara Gruen and Flying Changes: A Novel by Sara Gruen (she wrote Water for Elephants)

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  2. Yes, Pat, I'm a fan of both Margaret Haddix and Sara Gruen. Many thought WATER FOR ELEPHANTS could/should been YA--it was a great crossover book in that both audiences found it and loved it, as I did. IF I STAY is getting lots of Newbery buzz. If thinking about it long after it's been returned to the shelf counts, then I give it a great chance for getting "that call." Thanks for stopping by!

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