Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Rules by Cynthia Lord

A book about a girl whose brother is autistic, this story about coping with life in a family that revolves around a child with special needs is funny and touching. Catherine lives her life making rules for David to help him cope with life. Some are practical, like "No toys in the fish tank" but others mean a little more, like "Some people think they know who you are, when really they don't." This story of one summer when Catherine does some growing up is deceptively simple, but emotionally complex. When Catherine tells her father that just because David needs him more, doesn't mean she doesn't need him at all, it's a real heartbreaker of a moment. As an aside, how can you not like a book that quotes so extensively from Frog and Toad?

Saturday, July 14, 2007

School Really Messes with Blogging

It's not that I haven't read any books, its just who has time to reflect or write about good books when you're cramming text books?

A partial list of the books I've read over the past couple of months:
Penina Levine is a Hard-Boiled Egg (Yay!)
Rex Zero and the End of the World (Boo)
Team Moon (Yay)
The Heart (Ehhh)
Outstanding In My Field (Yay)

I will try to review the YAY books in the next weeks, after my two undergraduate classes are over....