Book reviews...from picture books to adult books, as well as books-to-movie info, and other stuff I think is interesting. Note: Not all books reviewed or recommended are appropriate for all ages.
FEBRUARY 15, 2011
Iron Queen buttons & bookmarks
We have a few giveaways for anyone who is a fan of Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey paranormal romance series that begins with The Iron King. The publisher sent us some buttons and bookmarks to coincide with the release of The Iron Queen, #3 in the series.
I have not yet read these books, but Jenelle, who works in the circulation department, highly recommends them.
If you'd like a button or bookmark....just ask at the youth desk.
I just finished reading the novel in verse, The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle, based on the history of Cuba's wars for independence, and on the real life of Rosa la Bayamesa, a healer who used her gifts to heal rebels, as well as (her enemy) Spanish soldiers.
Engle is really masterful at using this writing style to pull you into the history, as she did in a similar historical novel in verse, The Poet Slave of Cuba, that I read last year. The story in Surrender Tree is very suspenseful, and you learn a lot about the history of Cuba, including that Spain was responsible for the first modern use of "reconcentration" (or internment) camps in warfare during their fight against the Cuban people. The book ends showing the origin of the rocky relationship between US and Cuba, that continues to this day.
I would strongly recommend this book...and because of the poetry format, it is a very fast read. This book was also awarded the Pura Belpre honor award in 2009.