Category Archives: Ocean Girl radar

My Literary Travel Bucket List

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

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“But once in a rare while they come late to the changing.”

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

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The Whale Rider

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

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“…inside that peach stone is a tree, folded a million times. So go and plant it.”

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

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Double Feature: Whale-whisperers

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

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