Friday Fifteen

What’s a Friday without the Friday Fifteen? Here’s the latest and greatest in fifteen-word reviews:

1.The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Feels like a modern, funnier version of The Outsiders. Used drawings without feeling gimmicky.

2. Blue Angel by Francine Prose
Expected to like this a lot more than I did. Never felt invested.

3. Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
Read for class in fourth grade. Fun, but not as memorable as Number the Stars.

4. True Grit by Charles Portis
Compelling western, quietly moving. A great YA crossover book.

5. Babe in Paradise by Marisa Silver Excellent collection of stories. Silver knows how to raise the stakes for her characters.

6. Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary by Pamela Dean
Meandering story about clever sisters and a mysterious neighbor. Confusing and plotless, but I enjoyed.

7. Color War! (Camp Sunnyside Friends #3) by Marilyn Kaye
Only one of the series I read. I preferred the BSC Special camp book.

8. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Lesson: generosity makes you weak. Don’t trust anyone! (At least anyone that’s a mouse.)

9. Opened Ground: Selected Poems, 1966-1996 by Seamus Heaney
Fantastic selection of Heaney’s work. Perfect for readers new to Heaney or poetry in general.

10. Succulent Wild Woman by SARKI was 18 and liked journaling with colorful pens.

11. Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness #1) by Tamora Pierce
Essential reading for girls in middle school. First of the Tortall books.

12. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
Snark and social commentary–I’m an automatic fan. Loved the explanation of Easter.

13.The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Great MG combination of family saga and ghost story.

14. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Probably inspired a lot of book clubs to try to create their own group names.

15. I Spy: A Book of Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo, Walter Wick and Carol Devine Carson
Like when I’m searching on my desk for the one thing I need.

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