What Laura’s Reading

You may have heard around the stacks that I’ve left the Reference Department to become the Children’s Librarian here at FPL. Among other things it’s a move from part-time work to full-time work, so I will have less time for reading. On the other hand, children’s books are generally shorter than grownup’s books. Will this translate into more or less book blogging? Only time will tell.

Right now I’m luxuriating in the wonderful collection we have down here in the Children’s room. I’m like a kid in a candy store, gobbling up books like gumdrops, stopping to savor a new picture book from a favorite illustrator here, an old favorite novel there.

One new (to me) author that just popped into my bookbag is Rebecca Stead. Her When You Reach Me (suggested for grades 5-8) was enjoyable on so many levels. I listened to it on cd, and though I must disclose that I have never lived in New York City, narrator Cynthia Holloway sounded pitch-perfect to me.

I like a multi-layered story, and this book brought to the table mother-daughter relationships, middle school friendships, kids’ awareness of the disparity in wealth from one family to another, and prejudice. The main character’s favorite book was Madeleine L’Engle’s 1963 Newbery award-winning A Wrinkle In Time and I was thrilled with how that book became a plot point of this book. There were also faint little whispers of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife and John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany but if I told you what they were the story would be spoilt for you. So read all four (including A Wrinkle in Time) and then we’ll talk. In the meantime, I’ve got Stead’s sequel, First Light, waiting for me at home. With any luck, I’ll find time to read it soon.

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