ningerbil (ningerbil) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 28-30

28. Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, by Kevin Wilson. 2010 Alex Award. This is a collection of short stories, each seemingly in a mundane setting, but with an added twist. For example, my favorite, Grand Stand-In, you have scenes of people talking, and occasionally complaining about their jobs. Sounds normal -- except their jobs are as a sort of "replacement" grandparent that families can hire. The main protagonist is quite comfortable with her job, comfortable with balancing several of her families and distancing herself emotionally. But then she is given an assignment that sorely tests her ability to remain detached: a family whose grandmother is still alive wants to hire her. The story made me thing of "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. All the stories are good, for high school and up. The stories are quick, but thought-provoking. I like the Q&A with the author, and informational tidbits on the stories included at the end.

29. Big Wolf and Little Wolf: The Leaf That Wouldn't Fall, written by Nadine Brun-Cosme, illustrated by Olivier Tallec. 2010 Batchelder Honor Book. A very charming picture book with an excellent and surprisingly layered message about friendship. Little Wolf spies an especially sweet, green leaf high on a tree and immediately wants it. Big Wolf tells his friend to be patient, but when time passes and the leaf still doesn't fall, Big Wolf goes to get it. The climb is dangerous, and Little Wolf begins to question putting his friend at such risk for a leaf.

30. “Eidi,” written by Bodil Bredsdorff. 2010 Batchelder Honor Book. The sequel to "The Crow-Girl." Those who haven't read "The Crow-Girl" (or who haven't read it in a while) may find the first chapter or two a bit hard to follow. Not a lot of background is covered in "Eidi." But after that, the story finds its own path as Eidi journeys from Crow Cove to make her own way into the world. Her mother has just had a baby, and Eidi fears there is no place for her. This is a good coming-of-age story, and Eidi not only gets to spin wool and knit -- something she's already competent at -- but she learns to bargain and to think on her feet. She learns to take a stand as she helps and nurtures Tink, a boy who has been abused by his adoptive father.
Tags: fiction, young adult

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