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Category Archives: Ocean Girl radar
Shocking statement of the decade: I’m one of those readers who like to blur the line between fantasy and reality. When I read about a particularly dreamy setting, my internal voice turns into Liz Lemon, whispering, I want to go … Continue reading
Part Two of my Selkie Series * ~ * ~ * ~ * ~ * Emily Whitman. The Turning. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2018. Rating: 4.9 out of 5 gold doubloons that may or may not be real. Recommended if … Continue reading
Witi Ihimaera. The Whale Rider. NZ ePenguin, 2008 (orig. 1987). Kindle ed. Rating: 5 out of 5 spears of destiny thrown across a thousand years. . . . . . I listed this one in my 2013 year-end review, but never got … Continue reading
Back in March, sj tweeted to me about this new informal club that Becoming Cliché was starting: the From the Bowels of Obscurity Children’s Book Club [pause while we wait for our inner 12-year-olds to stop giggling at “bowels.” Hee!] … Continue reading
Two more for the End-of-the-World challenge: Hester Velmans’ Isabel of the Whales and Welwyn Wilton Katz’s Whalesinger. Hester Velmans. Isabel of the Whales. New York: Scholastic, 2005. 181 pages. Isabel is out-of-her-mind psyched for her school’s annual fifth-grade whale watch. … Continue reading