'A Gathering Light,' 'The Coldest Day in the Zoo'

Sep 2, 2004

"A Gathering Light," "The Coldest Day in the Zoo"

“A Gathering Light,” Jennifer Donnelly, Bloomsbury; 2004; 383 pp. “Tell the truth!” It’s not just children who get that all the time: Writers do, too. The only difference is that writers don’t have to treat the truth too literally, as Jennifer Donnelly shows us ...

'The Pig Scrolls,' 'Blood Red Horse'

| Feb 5, 2004

"The Pig Scrolls," "Blood Red Horse"

“The Pig Scrolls,” Paul Shipton, Puffin Books; March 2004; 224 pp. Author Paul Shipton warns us at the outset of his (sort of) Greek-style epic that though every effort was made to ensure the accuracy of the material, the Great Library of Alexandria was ...

'Lionboy,' 'The English Roses'

| Dec 4, 2003

"Lionboy," "The English Roses"

“Lionboy,” Zizou Corder, Puffin Books; 2003; 352 pp. How old do you have to be to write your first book? Thirty years old? Twenty? How about 10? If you’re Isabel Adomakoh Young, 10 is as good an age as any. Isabel teamed up with ...

'The Goose Girl,' 'The Tiger Bone Thief'

| Nov 6, 2003

"The Goose Girl," "The Tiger Bone Thief"

“The Goose Girl,” Shannon Hale, Bloomsbury; 2003; 383 pp. Once upon a time, two German brothers published a collection of children’s stories inspired by popular European folk tales. The stories of the Brothers Grimm became fairytale classics, and many of them — Cinderella, Snow ...

'The House of Windjammer,' 'Boolar's Big Day Out'

| Oct 2, 2003

"The House of Windjammer," "Boolar's Big Day Out"

“The House of Windjammer,” V.A. Richardson, Bloomsbury; 2003; 349 pp. No matter where you grow up, whether it’s in 21st-century Japan or in 17th-century Europe, some things never change. People everywhere, at every time, are at the mercy of larger forces — political upheavals, ...