Archive for August, 2013

let’s review: mermaid in chelsea creek

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Sophie’s mermaid isn’t beautiful. Her tail is dingy and peeling, her hair a wild mess of tangles and pieces of urchin shells and fish bones. Her soul is old, and her message an ancient prophecy: Sophie is the magic one who will bring hope back into the world. In Chelsea, Massachusetts, “a city where people [...]

let’s review: the moon and more

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

I read Sarah Dessen books and other realistic teen fiction to support books that address normal, everyday life this side of the apocalypse. Sure, I can appreciate a good dystopian tale here and there, but historically and nostalgically, I like the coming-of-age stories, the ones that follow character over action, about “normal people” trying to [...]

let’s review: a study in scarlet

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s introduction to the greatest detective of literary invention, Sherlock Holmes, begins with the classic “Study in Scarlet”—wherein Holmes and his new companion, Dr. John Watson, must follow “the scarlet thread of murder running through the colorless skein of life” and their “duty to unravel it, and isolate it, and expose every [...]