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The Adventures of the Hotsy Totsy by Clive Cussler
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
As Long as He Needs Me by Mary Verdick
Bone: The Dragonslayer by Jeff Smith
Bone: Old Man's Cave by Jeff Smith
Bone: Rock Jaw by Jeff Smith
Cat and Canary by Michael Foreman
Celestine, Drama Queen by Penny Ives
Elena's Serenade by Campbell Geeslin
Gentleman Takes a Chance by Sarah A. Hoyt
Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance by Paul Park
Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
Halloween Town by Lucius Shepard
Iris by Nancy Springer
Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo
Kiss My Math by Danica McKelar
The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King
The Last Ember by Daniel Levin
The Magic Gourd by Baba Wagué Diakité
Monster Motel by Douglas Florian
Mr. Darcy Vampyre by Amanda Grange
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
The Princess Test by Gail Carson Levine
Queen of Candesce by Karl Schroeder
The Revolutionary Paul Revere by Joel Miller
The Talking Baby by Jeremy and Karina Sweet
Thanksgiving on Thursday (Magic Tree House #27) by Mary Pope Osborne
Treehorn's Wish by Florence Parry Heide

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 Iris

FSFIris: 09/14/10

Iris is a Greek name. It means rainbow and that is the key to this beautiful and bittersweet Christmas tale form the December 2009 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

I read the story during our first Christmas away from our extended family. Money was tight and we just didn't know how we could afford travel costs, the price of putting our cat in the kennel and of course presents for everyone. So we opted to stay home and have our own tree. That combination of sadness and hope around the decorating of a Christmas tree resonated with me.

In the case of "Iris" the tree belongs to a single woman, a widow, who many years ago lost her daughter in infancy. She suddenly gets the inspiration to collect bits and bobs of specific colors to make a very unique Christmas tree. When they all come together she has a rainbow Christmas tree full of magic and release.

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