Dolls and Dirt: Together at last

Dahlia by Barbara McClintock Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2002 32 pages I still have my first doll, a cloth Raggedy Ann handmade for me by a neighbor. I don't remember much of what I did with her, only that she went almost everywhere with me.  Later, I passed her on to my own daughter, who … Continue reading Dolls and Dirt: Together at last

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

Finding Community in the Midst of Dystopia

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry Houghton Mifflin, 2000 215 pages Lois Lowry is easily one of my favorite children's authors, and Gathering Blue is my favorite Lois Lowry novel. Set in a future, post-apocalyptic dystopia reminiscent of the early Middle Ages, the book tells the story of a teenage girl named Kira. In Kira's ruthlessly … Continue reading Finding Community in the Midst of Dystopia