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    Monday, March 13, 2006

    Yes, it's Monday morning and I'm back again with a few noteworthy new titles. The third book in the Midnighter's trilogy by Scott Westerfeld has arrived: Blue Noon. Also, Ithaka by Adele Geras, Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks, Loyola Chin by Gene Yang, and Undine by Penni Russon. They sound great, and I can't wait to read them.
    Meanwhile, what I have read is...

    Are We There Yet? by David Levithan
    Two brothers who have grown so far apart are thrown together for a surprise trip to Italy -- sponsored by their parents. Each brother is so sure that the other brother misunderstands everything about him, and they grow resentful yet wishful -- wanting to reconnect, but sure it can't be done. Elijah enjoys the freeness of the journey -- exploring the cities without destination, watching the people and making new friends. David likes plans and schedules, knowing where he's going and getting there. When Elijah meets and befriends Julia, and then Julia takes a chance on David, truth about the brothers' relationship begins to trickle forth.
    This was a fantastic book -- a journey of two brothers rediscovering each other. I loved the places they visited (I want to visit Italy even more now!) and how real the two brothers were written. As he did in his other books, Levithan created a beautifully literary story about people. Quite recommended.
    Y FICTION Levithan

    I forgot to mention that over the weekend I watched MirrorMask -- that film by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, and Jim Henson's muppet company. Fantastic! A wonderful and artistic dream fantasy.
    I just finished reading Loyola Chin by Gene Yang. Quite enjoyed it. Loyola discovers that what she eats controls where she goes when she dreams, and soon she's trying to figure out how to save the human race. There is a bit of religion included. Enjoy~

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