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ABC I Like Me by Nancy Carlson
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The Channel: Stories from L. A. by Susan Alcott Jardine
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
The Clue of the Broken Locket by Carolyn Keene
Building Manhattan by Laura Vila
The Dreamer: The Consequence of Nathan Hale by Lora Innes
Earthquake in the Early Morning (Magic Tree House #24) by Mary Pope Osborne
"The Economy of Vacuum" by Sarah Thomas
The Frog Prince Continued by Jon Scieszka
A Gift of Magic by Lois Duncan
Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck
I Needs Must Part, The Policeman Said by Richard Bowes
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
Jenny's Birthday Book by Esther Averill
The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett
The Little Band by James Sage
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
Oscar and the Cricket by Geoff Waring
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell
A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
Stage Fright on a Summer Night (Magic Tree House #25) by Mary Pope Osborne
The Staircase by Ann Rinaldi
"Star-Crossed" by Tim Sullivan
Swine Not? by Jimmy Buffett
Take Me Out to the Ballgame by Gary Morgenstein
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers
The Titan's Curse Rick Riordan
Under the Lemon Trees by Bhira Backhaus
Yellowbelly and Plum Go to School by Nathan Hale

Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Comments for The Staircase

The Staircase  cover art (Link goes to Powells)The Staircase: 07/15/10

If you've been to Santa Fe, New Mexico, you've probably either seen or at least heard of the spiral staircase at the Loreto Chapel. I took to staircase tour about 20 years ago so when I saw that Ann Rinaldi had written The Staircase,  a novel about the creation of the staircase I had to borrow it from my library.

Lizzy Enders is left at an all girls school in Santa Fe, run by the nuns who also run the chapel. Her father is heading towards Colorado and promises he'll be back for her but she doesn't believe him. To make her life more bearable at the school she befriends a grieving woman who goes the cemetery out of town every day. Later she befriends a stranger, a mysterious carpenter named Jose who might have the solution the nuns need to finish the staircase.

If the point of the book is the building of staircase and the miracle behind it that so many people believe in, why have the story told by an outsider? Lizzy doesn't care about the staircase, the chapel or anything else at the school or convent. She misses her recently dead mother and her father who has gone onto to Colorado.

My biggest problem with the book is Lizzy and her story. It competes too much with the story of the nuns and their chapel. The on-going tug of war between the two biggest plot points creates a sense of poor pacing for the book as a whole.

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