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By Singing Light

Pretty much everything here originally appeared at my actual blog: By Singing Light. I particularly focus on upper middle-grade and young adult books. I also enjoy adult genre books, especially speculative fiction.

Currently reading

The Lost Tools of Learning and the Mind of the Maker
Dorothy L. Sayers
The Seventh Bride
T. Kingfisher
Hope in the Dark
Rebecca Solnit
Outrun the Moon
Stacey Lee
Midnight Thief
Livia Blackburne
The White Hart
Nancy Springer
The Great Wall Of Lucy Wu
Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Jim C. Hines
Elizabeth & Leicester: Power, Passion, Politics
Sarah Gristwood
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick I couldn’t figure out at first why this would have won the Caldecott when it’s well over 500 pages long. As soon as I started reading I understood. It’s composed of pictures as much as it is of text. The words themselves are very simple which annoyed me at first. But the story moves quickly and eventually I was drawn in by the characters. I loved how Selznick did the skin in the close-ups of the characters–it looked like those fine cracks you get in older china. I liked it, but I didn’t love it. [Oct. 2009]