The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley Random House, 2009 373 pages I think it was in one of my college lit classes that I first heard the term "antihero." Before that point, I had encountered the character type but had never had a name for it. For those who aren't … Continue reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Poetry in Motion

My Dad's a Birdman by David Almond; ill. by Polly Dunbar Candlewick Press, 2008 128 pages David Almond is something of a Renaissance author.  He does it all: plays, novels for adults, novels for teens, short stories. Across these genres and age groups, he's known for an eerie brand of supernatural realism that seamlessly blends … Continue reading Poetry in Motion

“I could do something really big”

The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill Aladdin Paperbacks, 2002 113 pages It's a common scenario in juvenile literature: misunderstood, marginalized kid meets sympathetic, unconventional adult, and epiphanies/personal growth/life changes ensue. In The Year of Miss Agnes, the kid is 10-year-old Fred(erika), an Athabascan Indian living in a 1940s Alaskan bush village.  The adult … Continue reading “I could do something really big”