Monday, August 26, 2013

Book Talk Tuesday

On Tuesdays, I'll feature two books: one for Middle Grades and one for High School. 

One Year in Coal Harbor, by Polly Horvath

This is the companion to Everything on a Waffle, which I have not read! Those who have read it will probably love this book even more than I did. 

This was my first experience with Primrose, the spunky narrator of the story. She's eager and interested in everything that goes on in her coal-mining town: she plays match-maker for two of her favorite grownups, becomes involved with protests against a logging company, and keeps up with her best (boy) friend and school all the while.

The best part of the story is Primrose's voice. She comes through loud and clear and has some great lines. One of my favorites: 

"Maybe we don't live in a just universe. 
Maybe we live in a universe where 
all you have control over 
is your own kindness." (p. 144)

Author's website

Graceling, by Kristin Cashore

This fantasy kept me spellbound. Main character Katsa has the "Grace" or special talent of killing. The king of her land uses her to do his dirty work, and she's resigned to doing his bidding for the rest of her life. But when she meets Po, another Graceling, he helps her see what her true talents are. She surprises herself and the reader with what she discovers.

The story clips along with few flashbacks; we forge ahead with the characters as they wrestle through their quest to find a mysterious kidnapper, traversing seven kingdoms and defying heart-stopping challenges in the process.

Graceling Book Trailer

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