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Alida's Song by Gary Paulsen
The Arrival
by Shaun Tan
Bird by Rita Murphy
Border Town (边城) by Shen Congwen
Catwings Return by Ursula K. LeGuin
Circus by Lois Ehlert
Flanimals by Ricky Gervais
Good Morning, Gorillas (Magic Tree House #26) by Mary Pope Osborne
Guy Wire by Sarah Weeks
Harold's ABC by Crocket Johnson
High Tide in Hawaii (Magic Tree House #28) by Mary Pope Osborne
Horns by Joe Hill
Jane on Her Own by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Kids' Guide to Digital Photography by Jenni Bidner
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Mary Modern by Camille Deangelis
The Octonauts and the Great Ghost Reef by Meomi
Ottoline Goes to School by Chris Riddell
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee
A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander
Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House #4) by Mary Pope Osborne
Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez
Receive Me Falling by Erika Robuck
Science Fiction and Alternate History by David Scholes
Size Eight in a Size Zero World by Meredith Cagen
The Tarot Cafe Volume 2 by Sang-Sun Park
Tea for Ruby
by Sarah Ferguson
Uncle Andy's Cats by James Warhola
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Un Lun Dun by China Mié
Walter Wick's Optical Tricks by Walter Wick
When Teachers Talk by Rosalyn Susanne Schnall


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 Bird

Bird: 08/26/10

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)I spotted Bird by Rita Murphy by the beautiful cover art and checked it out from the library at the same time that I got My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvarth. Both covers reminded me (in passing) of Up.

Miranda lives with the elderly widow, Wysteria. They live the old seaside Bourne Manor, shut off from the rest of the world. Their lives revolve around the sea and the house: making nets, keeping a lantern lit for ships at sea and keeping the drafts out of the house.

Miranda though is young and curious. She strives to make the most of her world and explores all the old rooms when she can. One of her explorations opens her world when she finds the late captain's kite collection. Flying kites leads to leaving the house and that brings her in contact with a boy. Nothing is ever the same for her after that first meeting.

Although it's a short young adult novel, it reminds me a great deal in tone and theme of Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson.

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Comment #1: Friday, August, 27, 2010 at 09:03:34

Freda

Great review! I'm adding this one to my wish list!



Comment #2: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 20:05:09

Pussreboots

I hope you enjoy it. Happy reading.