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King, Queen, Knave by Vladimir Nabokov
King of the World by David Remnick
The Last Plague by Glen E. Page
Lifeguard by James Patterson and Andrew Gross
Marvin K. Mooney Will Please Go! by Dr. Seuss
The Mental Environment by Bob Gebelein
Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva
Night Train to Memphis by Elizabeth Peters
Nine Whispered Opinions Regarding the Alaskan Secession by George Guthridge
Peachblossom by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
Picnic at Pentecost by Rand B. Lee
Ookpik by Bruce Hiscock
Quondam by Jayel Gibson
Run! Run! by John Aikin
Salad for Two by Robert Reed
Search Continues for Eldery Man by Laura Kasischke
Shed That Guilt! Double Your Productivity by Michael Swanwick and Eileen Gunn
Small Worlds by Gretchen Laskas
Templeton Turtle Goes Exploring by Ron Pridmore
The Twenty Dollar Bill by Elmore Hammes
The Uncertainty Principle by Lynda Curnyn

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Comments for Peachblossom

PeachblossomPeachblossom: 09/01/08

I first learned about Peachblossom by Eleanor Frances Lattimore from Nicola at Back to Books. I love old books and wanted to give this one a try based on her post. Although it's not quite what I expected, I'm glad I read it.

Peachblossom is an orphan living with a woman and her son whom she calls "Auntie" and "Brother" even though she's not related to either. They are the only family she has. War forces the three of them to leave their home with the moon shaped door for a new village away from the soldiers.

Eleanor Lattimore was born in 1904 in Shanghai and was home schooled by them until they moved to California in 1920. There she attended the California School of Arts and Crafts in Berkeley. Her first hand experience of life in China and her training as an artist shows in Peachblossom with her attention to detail in her narrative and in her illustrations.

Peachblossom shows the affects of war on children. There are moments of joy tucked away in this story and it does end on a hopeful note.

Learn more about Eleanor Frances Lattimore.

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