Day: November 2, 2012

This Week’s Tweets and Pins

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter and Pinterest accounts this week that you might find interesting:


30 Picture Book Biographies | Delightful Children’s Books

Tony DiTerlizzi’s Top 10 Books for Creeping Out Kids | GeekDad |

Top tips for writing ghost stories: Cornelia Funke | Children’s books |


[In the US], "e-books are beginning to acquire the low-growth behavior of their print equivalents": …


Supreme Court Justices Worry About ‘Parade Of Horribles’ If They Agree You Don’t Own What You Bought | Techdirt


Are Self-Publishing Authors Killing the Publishing Industry?


How Pinterest Is Getting More People Into Crafting

Meet the man behind “Is Twitter Wrong?” who helped debunk fake pictures during Hurricane Sandy | PandoDaily

The Social Media Zombie Apocalypse:

Trace social campaign results down to the Tweet with Google Analytics: #ROI


Google’s Street View Goes Into The Wild

How a Google Headhunter’s E-Mail Unraveled a Massive Net Security Hole | Threat Level |

One of the most impressive things at Apple’s last event last were the uber thin iMacs. Here’s how Apple did it: …


America’s Facebook Generation Is Reading Strong : NPR

Top Five Most Epic Romances of Young Adult Fiction #yalit


Why I’m Joining The Movement To Stop Answering After-Hours Email

Review: The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech

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The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech

When the boy falls out of the tree right at Naomi’s feet, she thinks it’s a dead body.  But instead it’s Finn, a boy who seems to have come from nowhere and be tied to no one.  Naomi too could seem adrift as an orphan, but after her father died a neighbor couple took her in and gave her a home.  Her best friend Lizzie is also an orphan and hoping to be adopted by her foster family.  Their story entwines with that of a wealthy woman in Ireland whose background is slowly exposed and the connections tightened.  This is a journey of a book, one that offers great eccentric characters, a town that has many secrets, and the amazement of unexpected ties to one another.

A new book by Creech is always something I look forward to and this is one of her best.  The intricate ties and reveals in the book make it a spectacular read and a book that unwinds like a curving road before you.  The writing is solid and lovely.  Creech takes the time to make each character special, even when just glimpsed for a single scene.  There is always something tantalizing about them and you know there are further depths there. 

Creech’s novel is all about hope and connections in life.  It is a book that uplifts and brings joy.  There is also some darkness here, death and life next to each other, survival and loss.  It is not an easy world that is portrayed here and things are not simple.  But there is beauty and hope and transcendence.

Highly recommended, this is a book that will delight Creech fans and create new ones.  Appropriate for ages 9-12.

Reviewed from copy received from HarperCollins.

2012 New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books

Celebrate the 60th anniversary of the New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books by reading!  This is a great list of some gorgeous books.  Here are the winners:

Bear Despair The Beetle Book

Bear Despair by Gaëtan Dorémus
The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins

House Held Up by TreesThe Hueys in the New Sweater
House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser, illustrated by Jon Klassen

The Hueys in the New Sweater by Oliver Jeffers

Infinity and Me Little Bird
Infinity and Me by Kate Hosford, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska
Little Bird by Germano Zullo, illustrated by Albertine

One Times Square: A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World Red Knit Cap Girl
One Times Square: A Century of Change at the Crossroads of the World by Joe McKendry
Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop

Stephen and the Beetle Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad
Stephen and the Beetle by Jorge Luján, illustrated by Chiara Carrer
Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad by Henry Cole