Lisa: I read The Water and the Wild and The Doorway and the Deep, both by K.E. Ormsbee. Out of five stars, I give them both a six. I screamed at the end of a book two because it’s a cliffhanger and I can’t wait for book three!
Because I am mixed race, (half Japanese and half Navajo), I relate to books that have characters of mixed race. I understood why Lottie wanted to live in both worlds — she is both human and sprite and she wants to live in the human world and the sprite world simultaneously. In the books, she has to choose between the two. I don’t have to choose. I get to live inside both my Navajo and Japanese heritages. (Grades 4-6.)
Dominique: I just finished the 2017 Newbery, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill. Through the course of the novel, my heart broke to think that there are people in the world who enjoy making others unhappy.
I listened to Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier and enjoyed it very much. Auxier’s imagination is exquisite. However, I love the second book in the series, Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, even more. In this book, I feel like a participant. I would venture off with Sophie in a heartbeat to save the stories. I love to think that those of us who read and love and share books are storyguards. (Grades 4-6.)
Please note: On the children’s page, we prefer not to discuss books we don’t love. If either of us read a book we don’t particularly care for, you’ll get a weather report instead. How about that?