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Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy) by Leigh Bardugo
Shadow and Bone (Grisha Trilogy)

girasolace, July 12, 2012

A great, absorbing, fun read, with many surprising twists and solid, intriguing characters. It's the first in a trilogy but stands satisfyingly alone with a complete plot arc (except that you want to find out what happens next). I loved that she riffed off Slavic folklore and landscape for her fantasy world, rather than the more typical faux-British Isles approach. One of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long while. A likely contender for the Morris Award. 4.5 stars.

My only quibble, really, is the title, which (although apt) sounds like every other YA fantasy title and is therefore hard to remember. And I want to remember it!
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Queen of Water (11 Edition) by Laura Resau
Queen of Water (11 Edition)

girasolace, December 27, 2011

This fascinating novel of domestic slavery is based on the true story of Virginia Farinango, an indigenous girl born in an Andean village in Ecuador. When she was seven Virginia's destitute parents gave her to a mestizo family, in whose home she toiled for years as an unpaid servant/slave. (Among other things this moving and engrossing personal story provides an edifying indictment of the country's race/class caste system.) How this brave child grew into a confident young woman and found her own way in the world - a way true to her bewildering dual identity as an urban indigena - makes a riveting, inspiring read.
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Queen of Water (11 Edition) by Laura Resau
Queen of Water (11 Edition)

girasolace, December 27, 2011

This fascinating novel of domestic slavery is based on the true story of Virginia Farinango, an indigenous girl born in an Andean village in Ecuador. When she was seven Virginia's destitute parents gave her to a mestizo family, in whose home she toiled for years as an unpaid servant/slave. (Among other things this moving and engrossing personal story provides an edifying indictment of the country's race/class caste system.) How this brave child grew into a confident young woman and found her own way in the world makes a riveting, inspiring read.
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An Annoying ABC by Barbara Bottner
An Annoying ABC

girasolace, October 11, 2011

Each member of the preschool class pesters the next. "My my my," mutters Miss Mabel. In the end, Adelaide (who started it all by annoying Bailey) apologizes, creating a new chain reaction that leads to a quiet afternoon - mostly. Lots of good verb vocabulary here: Flora fumed; Vera vocalized!; Ursula is upended... I'd enjoy it if the pictures (maybe the book itself) were a trifle larger, but it's a good size for kids' hands, and they will love the expressive, cartoonish pics of kids poking and pestering each other within the familiar details of a preschool environment.
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Let's Count to 100! by Masayuki Sebe
Let's Count to 100!

girasolace, September 6, 2011

Get a handle on what 100 *looks* like in this engaging picture book. Lots of quirky details make these scenes of 100 cartoony critters (100 moles, 100 elephants, 100 sheep...) amusing and interactive. Each critter has individual characteristics, a few make tiny remarks to one another, and each two-page spread includes a clue or question to keep kids hunting for surprises (eg. "There are 100 moles. How many are snuggled up with a frog?") A few more surprises to find are listed in the back. At the end there is also a chance to see what 100 looks like in groups of 10. The book Great Estimations would make a nice companion to this one.
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