Saturday, November 25, 2006

Weekend Reviews (I)

Wow, this week has just zoomed past, hasn't it? It's time already for the weekend reviews. Here's the first of them:

Elizabeth Ward recommends new Middle Grade Fiction for the Washington Post. Titles condsidered include:

  • The White Elephant, by Sid Fleischman ("Fleischman, a Newbery medalist, excels in this funny, heart-warming tale of old Siam, every sentence as sharp as an elephant prod.")
  • The Mailbox, by Audrey Shafer ("Audrey Shafer builds a story finely balanced between mystery...and meditation -- on loneliness, love and what a boy really needs to make a life")
  • Grandfather's Dance, by Patricia MacLachlan ("a highly satisfying end it is")
  • Frozen Billy, by Anne Fine ("a zinger of a plot")
  • The Cricket Winter, by Felice Holman (a "1967 favorite, reissued with engaging new pencil drawings by Robyn Thomas")