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Some favorite basset books

19 Jun


Lucy turned 7 yesterday. She celebrated with a good book  (Larry Gets Lost in Seattle) and thought you might like to know some of her favorite books featuring basset hounds.

Picture Books

1. The Hound from the Pound by Jessica Swaim

2. The Puppy Who Wanted a Playmate  by Michale J. Pellowski

3. The Ladybug Girl  books by David Somar & Jacky Davis

4. The Charlie  books by Ree Drummond

5. Bella Basset Ballerina  by Laura Aimee Garn

6. Flash the Amazing Basset Hound Helps Santa  by Stephanie A. Sorensen

7. Nick the Basset Hound  by Nancy Shuler

8.  The Dog Who Had Kittens by Polly Robertus & Janet Stevens

For Older Kids

1. Surviving the Applewhites  by Stephanie S. Tolan

2. Froonga Planet by Bryan W. Fields

3.  Lunchbox and the Aliens by Bryan W. Fields

4. The  Smells Like Dog  series by Suzanne Selfors

5.  The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

6.  My New Best Friend (Woof!)  by Wendy Loggia

For Adults

1.  The Boy Who Never Grew Up  by Daniel Handler

2.  Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie

3. The Elvis mysteries by Peggy Webb

There are more, to be sure. Feel free to add your favorite in the comments section.

2013 Hub Reading Challenge check in #19

16 Jun

The HUB Reading challenge ends in a week, but I’ve pretty much been done for a while. I met the goal of 25 books weeks ago and had good intentions about reading  all the Alex, Morris & Printz winners, but my enthusiasm flagged a little. I mostly managed one book a week for the last few weeks and now I’m reading my last Challenge book. I saved this one


for last because it is about books and reading. And it got a great review from a friend. I just started it yesterday and i’m not that far in but I’m already hooked.  Mr. Penumbra won an Alex award ( adult fiction great for YA). The main character is a young art college grad who falls victim to the economy, loses his first job and stumbles into a new job at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. The store is not what it seems and I’m just discovering what it’s really all about.

So, adult reader friends, add this one to your summer reading list.

2013 Hub Reading Challenge check in #17

1 Jun

I have read 2 novels entitled Pure this year.

Unknown  Unknown-1

The first, by Andrew Miller,  is set in pre-revolutionary France, follows an engineer named Jean-Baptiste Baratte and chronicles his efforts in clearing an overfilled graveyard which is polluting the surrounding area. The book won the 2011 Costa Book of the Year award. It was a wonderful read and had the feel of the 19th century French novels I love to read, even though it was written by an Englishman.

The second, written by Julianna Baggott, is set in post-apocalyptic America, follows a girl named Pressia, who has a doll’s head fused into her hand, and a boy named Partridge, who is a Pure (undamaged by the bomb) and chronicles their efforts in  leading a real resistance. The book was a  2013 YALSA award winner. Lots of similarities here to other dystopian trilogies (this is book 1 of 3). The twist here is that the Pures live in a protected Dome and those outside are all disfigured by the blast by burns, fusings and other scars. It was pretty good, but I don’t know that I’m dying to know what happens to Pressia & Partridge.

2013 Hub Reading Challenge check-in #14

11 May

I am concentrating on reading the Alex and Morris winners.  Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The William C. Morris YA Debut Award honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. If you are looking for something really good to read, these are two lists to help in your pursuit.

I only finished one Challenge book this week, Where’d You Go, Bernadette  by Maria Semple.


Oh, so funny, and not just because I am a Canadian  or because I am living in the Pacific Northwest. Semple’s Bernadette lampoons both these in such an amusing way. It has family drama and heart-break, but doesn’t get you down because it is wrapped in delightful, satirical writing. I have recommended this to several adults and hope you take the time to read it, too.

2013 Hub Reading Challenge check-in #13

4 May

Once I’d hit 25 on the 2013 Hub Reading Challenge, I decided to try to read one book a week and concentrate on off-list reading. I failed this week because I finished 3, bringing my total up to 32. I have always been a OCD reader.

First, I finished Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt.


Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. Mostly because I saw myself in June and my twin sister in Greta. I was the quiet, shy twin & my sister was very out-going. We had our ups and downs and high school was hard because that’s when we really got our own separate sets of friends, just like June & Greta.

Then, my hold on  October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman  arrived at the library.


Also awesome. Newman, who I knew from the elementary school chapter book Hachiko Waits, knocked my socks off. I wish I’d read this during National Poetry Month and I wish I taught older kids because I really wanted to share this with my students. It is beautifully written and made me feel real, anger, sadness and hope. Newman personifies inanimate objects and uses the actual words real people said in love and in anger, while she explores a variety of kinds of poetry.  Very well done.

Finally, just yesterday, I finished listening to the audio versions of  Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama.


I probably would not have picked this one up, but for the Challenge. And it was really good, too. At first I was skeptical of a mermaid story, but this is not Disney’s Little Mermaid. It is dark and horrific (without being scary or graphic enough to make me gag) in places but the reading was riveting. Because the chapters alternate between the present and 1872/3, I kept listening to find out what happened next. I’m glad I listened to this one!


World Book Night 2013

24 Apr

I walked  the dogs after I got home from work last night, as I usually do. It was a beautiful spring evening, sunny & warm. What we’ve been waiting for all winter. It takes Fiona, age 12, 30 minutes to walk 2 blocks. this is no exaggeration. Sometimes I get impatient with her, but not last night. It was a perfect evening.

We got passed by a several people and just as we approach the intersection where we turn left, two young people came up behind us. One of them was carrying a box.  the girls like to stop & see who is coming. They live in hope that the strangers will stop & say hello. These two did. They told me it was World Book Night 2013 and then they offered me a free copy of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.It was an edition produced just for last night.


It was a great moment at the end of a great day.

So, thank you anonymous couple who gave me the book. I hope you had as great an evening as I did. Here is a haiku for you:

Fahrenheit 451

Will never burn as long as there

Are people like  You

I’m the Fool

1 Apr

A while back my twin sister, who lives in Canada told me about this really great book I ought to read. She does this a lot, especially about Canadian books I should read, and I usually get a pen & paper to write it down.  This time, however, I didn’t and once I was off the phone I couldn’t remember the rather longish title. I knew there was a male character whose name began with an H and the word journey or journal.

Traditionally, once I get her recommendations I go to the Multnomah County Library Website and place recommendations on hold. I typed in my vague memories and up popped The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry  by Rachel Joyce. Awesome. I put the audiobook on hold & have been listening to it this week. I’m one CD short of the end and highly recommend it.


So last week, YALSA’s HUB blog listed a bunch of Canadian YA books, among which was  The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen. Hmmmmm.


I realized this was the title my sister mentioned. You can see how I could have made the mistake and ended up Harold Fry. Search engines can only give you what you ask for and the library has. I now have Henry K. Larsen out if the library and, if it is half as good and Harold Fry, I’ll be delighted.

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