Friday, September 02, 2005


Amanda Craig writes a rave review of Helen Dunmore's Ingo for the Times. Craig also recommends three other sea related titles for youngsters--Eric Linklater's The Pirates in the Deep Green Sea, Liz Kessler's The Tail of Emily Windsnap, and Charles Causley's The Merrymaid of Zennor.

Linklater's work is a reprint of a 1949 classic, Kessler's is a recent middle-grade title, and Causley's is a retelling of a Cornish classic.

I may even order Ingo from abroad. Like everyone else in the U.S., I could use a little distraction. The aftermath of Katrina has been devastating. And not just because of the torment it has caused many, many residents of the South. Katrina has exposed the insidious racism and classism underlying our society. Frankly I'm embarrassed and very sad. I hope forthcoming relief shows much more humanity than the past week has.