This was another airplane book from my trip, but it was substantially more substantial than the other two, so I forgot to lump it in with them in my last post. I mean, it's still a fun relatively nontaxing fantasy novel, urban variety, but there's some real *there* there, y'know? I didn't fall madly in love, but I liked it and I'm looking forward to reading more of Toby's story in future volumes.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp, by Rick Yancey
A fun romp about an average teenager who goes through some very ArthurXJamesBond type adventures. I wish the pack of 7-9 year old boys I know was closer to 11-13 so I could set them all on this; they'd devour it as fast as I did. (But there are a few too many icky deaths for 7-9.)
Plague of Doves, by Louise Erdrich
Very good, very lovely language, heartrending in places. The characters experience very awful things, but I never felt they were hopeless. You can tell that large chunks of it were published as short stories but it doesn't hurt. And the stuff with the violin is particularly lovely.
When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
A nifty YA novel that rings very many of the same changes as Margaret Mahy, Lois Lowry, and Madeleine L'Engle. Delightful and friendly and good company.
Boom!, by Mark Haddon
OMG ALIENS! If that made you perk up a bit, you may enjoy this short boisterous middle-grade novel about a kid's adventures with his best friend & eventually his older sister, trying to figure out why things are getting so WEIRD lately.... nothing I haven't read in other middle grade novels about aliens, but charmingly and amusingly put together. Tasty.
Sorcery and Cecilia; or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot, by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer
Two of my favorite authors writing epistolary fantasy with Jane Austen-y bits? The only question is why I didn't read this sooner. It actually took me a little while to get into the story, but by halfway through I had to rip myself away every time I had to stop reading and start doing something else. Very glad there are two more of these to read - and that I already own the next one! (I confess that both these authors have written things on their own that I like better. But that's only because those other things are SO AMAZING, while this is merely very good. Also quite funny.)