Saturday, February 28, 2009

book of the month

I was able to finish my February book just in the nick of time... It's a Newbery Medal winner by the author of 'Coraline.' I enjoyed it--here are some of my favorite passages:

"I called you boy, didn't I? But time passes in the blink of an eye, and it's a young man you are now, isn't it? How old are you?"
"About fifteen, I think. Though I still feel the same as I always did," Bod said, but Mother Slaughter interrupted, "And I still feels like I done when I was a tiny slip of a thing, making daisy chains in the old pasture. You're always you, and that don't change, and you're always changing, and there's nothing you can do about it."

"I want to see life. I want to hold it in my hands. I want to leave a footprint on the sand of a desert island. I want to play football with people. I want," he said, and then he paused and he thought. "I want everything."

"Face your life
Its pain, its pleasure,
Leave no path untaken"
"Leave no path untaken," repeated Bod. "A difficult challenge, but I can try my best."

It was entertaining, sweet and full of adventure. I happen to have a fondness for graveyards, so having epitaths and stories of people from other centuries wound into a modern-day murder mystery kept me wanting to turn the pages. I recommend it with gusto.


Jo Jo said...

Thanks! I haven't heard about this author and now in the past two days I have.

KELLY said...

You were so kind to comment on my blog after "accidentally" landing there ... so I thought I'd return the favor! Thanks for the nice words!

Your family is beautiful.

VW Family said...

Hey, Jenny, I finally found your blog after getting your Christmas letter (love it, your family is so adorable and everyone has grown up so fast!), but I can't find your e-mail address. Send me an e-mail, I'd love to catch up with you. We have a family blog, too, at, it's not nearly as entertaining as yours! Here's my e-mail:
Hope to hear from you soon! Heidi

Becky said...

I would LOVE to borrow this book. I saw the movie Coraline and thought it a bit creepy though. I'd be curious to see how the writing compares with both books.

Christy said...

Well, I don't always judge a book by it's cover..(only sometimes), but it looks scary, and I am a total scaredycat. If you promise it is not a bad dream maker I could look into it.

shirlgirl said...

Perhaps one of these days when you all come to JP for dinner, we'll take a walk over Forest Hills Cemetery. They have walking tours and there are many notables buried there. We can just "jump" over the fence!! I'm just kidding.