Banned Books Week: Olive’s Ocean

Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes Greenwillow Books, 2003 217 pages If you've visited your local library or bookstore this week, you may have seen a display commemorating Banned Books Week. Sponsored by a variety of national organizations, Banned Books Week is an annual campaign to draw attention to literary censorship and other First Amendment issues … Continue reading Banned Books Week: Olive’s Ocean

Popularity vs. Purpose

Babymouse: Queen of the World! by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm Random House, 2005 96 pages Think of comics, and what comes to mind?  Superheroes?  The Sunday paper? What about serious literature? Unless you're a librarian, or maybe a bookseller or critic, probably not. But, if you know where to look, you can find … Continue reading Popularity vs. Purpose

Of Fairy Tales, Family, and Friends

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall Alfred A. Knopf, 2005 262 pages The Penderwicks is a fresh but near-timeless novel. Even without its National Book Award trophy, it would be a classic-in-waiting, destined to entertain many generations of readers. Set on an estate … Continue reading Of Fairy Tales, Family, and Friends