Tuesday, September 9, 2008
"Riding Lessons" by Sara Gruen doesn't quite compare with her more recent bestseller, "Water for Elephants" but is still a strong debut and an entertaining read. Annemarie is a former horse riding champion who has since retired from the sport due to a terrible riding accident that left her temporarily paralyzed. Recovered physically but still scarred mentally, Annemarie has begun a new life for herself - a successful business woman, married, and raising an independent-minded teen daughter, Eve. But, a shocking revelation by her husband and an abrupt layoff by her employer turns Annemarie's world upside down and she soon ends up back living with her parents and the horse stable where she grew up. There she tries again to rebuild her life but finds herself facing painful and unresolved issues from her past.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Mix little Brothers Grimm with Mother Goose and add in a dash of the Wild West in this unique retelling of Rapunzel. Rapunzel teams up with Jack of beanstalk fame and together they take down the evil Gothel to save the land. Shannon and Dean Hale's first graphic novel is fabulous fun for all ages.
Recommended for grades 4+