Children of Blood and Bone

July 30, 2018 -- by anashaw40

“Imagine a fantasy world inspired by West African-culture, written as a reaction to the systemic violence against black Americans and you have Children of Blood and Bone, the first instalment in a planned fantasy trilogy written by 24-year-old Nigerian-American Tomi Adeyemi.” Kayti Burt Fantasy is not a genre I usually care to dip my toes into, but it was on the Project LIT book club list, and… Read More

Reviews of The Other Boy, A Game for Swallows & Seeking Refuge

May 8, 2018 -- by anashaw40

If I begin in the order that I read them: Seeking Refuge, is a graphic novel written by Irene Watts and drawn by Kathryn E. Shoemaker.  This novel was a pleasant surprise, as I hadn’t realised Goodbye Marianne was the start of a trilogy that was based around Watt’s experiences as a refugee in the United Kingdom during the war.  I was curious to learn what happened… Read More

The Arab of the Future Review

May 6, 2018 -- by anashaw40

  I agree with the article in The New Yorker, that The Arab of the Future feels like an act of revenge by Riad Sattouf at his father for being dragged to volatile Libya and Syria during his childhood. Certainly, you cannot help but feel Riad’s stunned shock when they escape after one particularly horrific experience only to voluntarily return. Abdel Razek, is conveyed through Riad, a child narrator… Read More

My High School Recommended Novels

April 28, 2018 -- by anashaw40

I am back, and this time with my list of 135 High School Recommended Books 2018 (many would be enjoyed by adults also!). There is some crossover with the Middle School and Prep Recommended novels, but a vast majority are not on both lists. Again, I have placed the suggested novels on a wish list at the Book Depository so you can find out about all the novels… Read More

Irmina review and my Recommended novels for Middle School to Prep Students

April 22, 2018 -- by anashaw40

I finished Irmina today and thoroughly recommend it. It was slightly unexpected in that it turns its focus on our, at times, unsympathetic heroine’s disappointments rather than the tragedy and significant events of WWII. Yelin follows Irmina’s struggles from 1934 London where she studies to 1983 Stuttgart. The cut from 1943 Berlin to 1983 Stuttgart was a little jarring, but to explain the leap would be a… Read More

First post, here goes

April 21, 2018 -- by anashaw40

  Today is that amazing combination of a sunny day for the start of a long weekend and a lull after a busy marking period.  The possibilities are endless! Today’s plan is to get into my graphic novel that I bought to extend upon The Diary Anne Frank unit I am teaching. The novel is set in London in the 1930s when Irmina, a young German… Read More