Sunday, August 20, 2006

Weekend Reviews

Welcome back to Liz B. (A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy) and A Fuse #8 Production. I hope your vacations were great. You've been missed!

Here's a roundup of this weekend's book reviews:

Elizabeth Ward reviews four new titles in the Washington Post "Book World." They are:
  • Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, by Kirsten Miller ("Perfect for bright middle-schoolers hooked on history and mystery and bored witless with pre-teen chick lit.")
  • Changeling, by Delia Sherman ("another novel in which the Big Apple sprouts parallel worlds, doing for Central Park something like what Peter Pan did for Kensington Gardens")
  • The Unresolved, by T.K. Welsh ("an equally unflinching exploration of issues from anti-Semitism and corruption to adolescent sexuality makes this one strictly for older readers")
  • Grimoire: The Curse of the Midions, by Brad Strickland (a "tribute to London")
  • The Three Witches, by Zora Neale Hurston, adapted by Joyce Carol Thomas, illustrated by Faith Ringgold ("Ringgold's exuberant primitivist paintings sport colors as lush as a Deep South summer")

Room One: A Mystery or Two, by Andrew Clements, is the Washington Post's Book of the Week.

Amanda Craig reviews Eoin Colfer's newest Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony and Daniel Morden's Dark Tales from the Woods for the Times.

Moonbird, by Joyce Dunbar and illustrated by Jane Ray, is the Times' Children's Book of the Week (reviewed by Nicolette Jones)