Donald Duk | book review

Title: Donald Duk Author: Frank Chin Series: n/a Publisher: Coffee House Press Publication Date: January 1991 Genre(s): Fiction, Middle-grade, Asian-American Opening Line: Who would believe anyone named Donald Duk dances like Fred Astaire? The Synopsis Donald Duk hates his name. Not only does he hate his name, but he hates his entire culture. The only thing Donald…

Coraline | book review

Title: Coraline Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Dave McKean Series: n/a Publisher: Scholastic Inc Publication Date: 2002 Genre(s): Fiction, Fantasy Opening Line: Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into the house. The Synopsis Coraline is an explorer. After moving to a new house with her mother and father, Coraline explores her new home . She discovers a…

The Graveyard Book | book review

Title: The Graveyard Book Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Dave McKean Series: n/a Publisher: HarperCollins Publication Date: September 2008 Genre(s): Fiction, Fantasy Opening Line: There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife. The Synopsis The man Jack is on a mission to murder a family of four. After killing the parents and the young girl, only…

The Devil’s Arithmetic | book review

Title: The Devil's Arithmetic Author: Jane Yolen Series: None Publisher: Puffin Books Publication Date: 1988 Genre(s): Historical fiction, Middle grade Opening Line: "I'm tired of remembering," Hannah said to her mother as she climbed into the car. Book #2 of my Young Adult Lit class! Though I consider this to be more of a middle grade novel. We are beginning…

A Monster Calls | book review

Title: A Monster Calls Author: Patrick Ness Publisher: Walker Books Publication Date: May 2011 Rating: 5 stars Patrick Ness has done it again - he has brought me to tears and left me speechless. His novel More Than This blew my mind and instantly sparked my interest in the author. At a Barnes & Noble last weekend, I…