Another unreliable narrator- love it!

May 17, 2018 by

Trending in fiction along with alternate points of view, is the unreliable narrator. Although there is a flood of new titles with this type of character narrating the story, the choices of books with this concept stretches back over 50 years. British author, , writes an article in The Guardian describing this style of narrator in its various manifestations as: “those who are fooling themselves, those who are fooling others, and a range in between.”  The latest unreliable narrator book I’ve read is Alice Feeney’s “Sometimes I Lie” whose title alone instantly manipulates the reader. Wait. Who is really telling the truth here anyway? Feeney immediately has the reader on edge guessing at who is telling the truth and who isn’t:

“My name is Amber Reynolds. There are three things you should know about me:

  1. I’m in a coma.
  2. My husband doesn’t love me anymore.
  3. Sometimes I lie.

  As Feeney tells her tale, we share our sympathy with the misunderstood character hoping she will be revealed, in the end, as we know her to be: the honest, kind woman she is.             Or is she?

Dear Harry Potter Fans: You’re welcome.

May 14, 2018 by

Fans of Harry Potter rejoice! I have discovered a Harry Potter podcast that you will love. It is called Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. Each week the two hosts analyze one chapter at a time through a central theme (Loss, Confusion, Shame, etc..) The hosts do an amazing job of relating the characters to the real world and as a longtime fan of Harry Potter I didn’t realize that there was so much of the books that I hadn’t yet explored. So take a listen: static1.squarespace

Free Audio books for Teens

May 10, 2018 by

See the source image  SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 26, 2018, SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes.   In 2017, 32 titles were given away over 16 weeks.  SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and titles are delivered through the OverDrive app. Download the app in advance to whichever device you anticipate listening on and be ready to go!  Once you download the books, they are yours to keep forever. Week 3 of the program just began today. Visit the web site for your free downloads!

https://audiobooksync.com/

The Unexpected Love Story of Alfred Fiddleduckling

May 8, 2018 by

111 bookThis children’s picture book by Timothy B. Ering debuted in early 2017, and is a wonderful story about the power of music. Captain Alfred is sailing home with some new ducks and a very special surprise for his wife in his fiddle case : a duckling egg. But a fierce storm hits the small boat and the newly hatched young duckling finds himself alone, floating in a fiddle case. He happens upon the fiddle in the water, and embraces it, and it makes the most beautiful sound. It tames the huge dog that Alfred stumbles across once on land. And the wife, fearfully waiting on the porch for her husband to return from sea, hears the sound as well and races to the duckling’s rescue. And guess who else hears it? A perfect story for this year’s summer reading program!

Hudson Children’s Book Expo!

May 7, 2018 by

This past weekend I attended the Hudson Children’s Book Expo in Hudson, New York. It was a blast! Some of my favorite Children’s and Teen authors were present and I even got some books signed that I will be adding to the collection:

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