Review: Dee Dee and Me by Amy Schwartz

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Dee Dee and Me by Amy Schwartz

Told from the point of view of the younger sister, Hannah has had enough of her older sister Dee Dee.  Dee Dee always gets her way, gets the best seat, eats the best food.  She manages to do it in sneaky ways that seem nice as first but don’t end up that way for Hannah.  So Hannah decides to run away and packs up all the things she doesn’t want to share with Dee Dee.  In the end, she decides not to really run away because she can’t find her teddy bear.  But all alone, she spends time with the things she had packed up.  When Dee Dee appears having finally done something really nice for Hannah, Hannah puts her foot down and makes some new rules for them to play together.  This is a book that captures sibling relationships to a tee, or perhaps to a Dee.

Schwartz infuses her story with touches of humor that make Dee Dee’s tyrannical attitudes more funny than threatening.  Both Hannah and Dee Dee have strong personalities and individual perspectives.  Schwartz does a good job of telling Hannah’s story clearly but also making sure that Dee Dee is not vilified entirely.  The art is vivid and colorful, displaying a family home filled with small details and lots of flowers.  It is a home that you want to visit and play in. 

This is a superb telling of two siblings at odds that is filled with humor and charm.  Appropriate for ages 3-5.

Reviewed from library copy.

Review: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

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Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Published September 10, 2013.

From the author of Anna Dressed in Blood comes the first book in a new series, The Goddess War.   The Old Gods have been around forever and knew that they would be around for eternity.  But then Athena started to sprout feathers under her skin and in her lungs.  Hermes started to lose weight and become emaciated.  They started to do the impossible: they began to die.  Desperate to find a solution, Athena and Hermes search out Cassandra, the prophetess, who is an regular teenager but one who has visions and is linked to the ancient Cassandra from Troy.  There are more Gods involved though.  Apollo is there to protect his beloved Cassandra.  Hera is moving to survive while the other Gods die and Poseidon is throwing his considerable power behind her.  This is one God-sized epic throwdown that you will not want to miss!

Blake’s world building is incredible here.  While she builds off of Greek mythology, she has created a scenario where the Gods are humanized through their mortality.  They are still amazing, wondrous beings, but somehow Blake manages to mix that with a fragility that makes them accessible in a new way. 

Her writing is fresh and vivid both in character development and in the many action scenes.  Danger seems to lurk everywhere and there are wonderful moments where the shock of violence after being lulled away is breathtaking. The book is so filled with violent action scenes that it is completely compelling to read. 

Vivid and dazzling, this book will appeal to fans of Greek mythology and fantasy novels.  Appropriate for ages 15-18.

Reviewed from ARC received from Tor.

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:

A great collection of books for smart, confident, and courageous girls--elementary age.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

The Dark is Rising author Susan Cooper on Harry Potter and studying with Lewis and Tolkien | Artery http://buff.ly/18tSuQi #kidlit

Essential back-to school stories – The Horn Book http://buff.ly/15H36It #kidlit

Mitali’s Fire Escape: Children’s Books For and About Syrian Children http://buff.ly/1dvJBf6 #kidlit

Remembering Marc Simont – The Horn Book http://buff.ly/1e2chLt #kidlit

RH Children’s to Publish Seuss Classics as E-books http://buff.ly/1dQhwQK #kidlit #ebooks

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EBOOKS

The big short – why Amazon’s Kindle Singles are the future | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1dTN9sv #ebooks

No, seriously: Oyster comes pretty close to being a Netflix for ebooks — Tech News and Analysis http://buff.ly/1dVo2ps #ebooks

amazing libraries

LIBRARIES

Education Week: Public Libraries Add Multimedia Learning to Digital Mission http://buff.ly/1a88t8E #libraries

A Minecraft Library Scores Big: Mattituck, NY, Branch Is a Hit with Kids – The Digital Shift http://buff.ly/15GdmAV #libraries

Public Libraries Across U.S. To Begin Testing “Super Wi-Fi” Technology | LJ INFOdocket http://buff.ly/14gilJ4

With Modern Makeovers, America’s Libraries Are Branching Out : NPR http://buff.ly/1dxYo97 #libraries

YALSA » Rethinking What We Do: Rated M for Mature http://buff.ly/17O2Uy0 #libraries

TECHNOLOGY

Social analytics service Topsy now lets you search through every tweet ever sent on Twitter – The Next Web http://buff.ly/1dTSpwn

GLBTQ Pride @ Your Library Pinback Button

TEEN READS

10 Famous Works of Literature With Queer Subtexts – Flavorwire http://buff.ly/15GfmJi

Dear Teen Me from author Sonya Sones (TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST, STOP PRETENDING, WHAT MY MOTHER DOESN’T KNOW) http://buff.ly/1dTRsEh #yalit

First Second announces second Delilah Dirk book — The Beat http://buff.ly/14ejtlT #yalit