What’s In My Ear: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

I love love love the Code Name Verity series by Elizabeth Wein! I totally have a photo of the two of us together somewhere but, you know how finding those things goes.

Wait. Hold that thought. I found it!!

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This pic was taken at Children’s Book World in Haverford (cheating on Towne Book Center, shhhhhh) at the release of Rose Under Fire. Signed Hardcover dorky love ya’ll!!


I first read Code Name Verity over a year ago. In fact it was probably more like 2013. A friend at the bookstore turned me on to it and I loved it! CNV is the story of girl pilots during WWII. As I’m a fan of British TV shows like Bletchley Circle which center around female code breakers during the war, CNV was a perfect fit.

There are two main characters in CNV which you grow to love. I’m not going to spoil the ending for you but let’s just say that I was powerfully moved after finishing Verity and couldn’t bring myself to read the companion book.  I finally FINALLY in April 2015 thought I was ready to read Rose Under Fire. And let me tell you something; I was also reading Corrie Ten Boom’s The Hiding Place at the same time, which I don’t advise.  The atrocities during WWII never. cease. to amaze. me.  Hitler and his minions were the worst of the worst.

Rose Under Fire brings pilot Maddie from CNV and introduces you to Rose Moyer Justice the heroine you will grow to love.

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein

RUF has won all kinds of awards and for good reason too. If you want kids to learn about the war and the German occupation, give them this to read. Dr. Wein completely researches her facts so while this is fiction, the facts will teach you more than you’ll ever learn in History class (sorry to my 9th grade History teacher) or a boring autobiography. I kinda feel like if Anne Frank had published her diary of her internment at a concentration camp, it would probably be the only other autobiography I would read.

I cannot tell you any more about RUF because I will give it all away. It’s so good. I laughed, I cried, I cursed.  You will too.


2015 Diversity Reading Challenge Adult Fiction Books

What’s In My Ear: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

First let me add that while I’m thoroughly LOVING Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, this book is not INTENDED FOR TEENS. To be sure, your teen may enjoy it, may love it but there is a lot of racial language, sex, and violence. But that aside, it is an extremely well written and thought provoking tale of poor (as in pitiful) Dominican nerd Oscar.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

I can’t wait to finish it and share it with you!

Books Young Adult

What’s in my Ear? Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

I’ve been listening to Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan lately. Wanna know what I think about it? Watch the video and see.

Sadly this title doesn’t really count for the Diversity Reading Challenge, although I wish it did. But if you wanna bend the rules, go ahead. Girl dressing as a boy, you know, it’s a stretch but if you must, I understand. Did I mention how much I LOVE

Books Young Adult

#FridayReads: Pendragon by DJ MacHale

It’s no secret that I love DJ MacHale, right?



You’ve heard me ramble on and on (and on) about the SYLO trilogy!

But of course, before Sylo was Pendragon!!

I finally got around to reading the very first Pendragon: Merchant of Death.

I wasn’t thrilled with the reader but thats because my last reader was Lynne Redgrave,

and how are you going to compete with her?

Anyway, Pendragon had the same action that I enjoyed with SYLO.

Great read for boys and girls!


Hear books performed by some of Hollywood’s finest

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Monday Reads: The Giver by Lois Lowry

Monday Reads: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver

Sure sure, you might have heard that I was recently just listening to The Giver and I WAS.

But now I’m not because I’m done. And it was GREAT!

It’s no wonder this book is always on someone’s required reading shelf. it was dystopian for kids back before dystopian was an every day word! I love this story; it’s so good on so many levels and the lessons can be adapted depending on the child’s age group. Why is it that we like to read about societies in which everything is the same? Is that how we as readers feel? Do we feel trapped in a world of bland, boring sameness? Or is this our greatest fear? I’m not sure what the answer is, I just know I love exploring these worlds. Maybe the answer is that if enough kids read these kinds of books they will create a world where differences are celebrated and valuable to society?

I dunno.

I might not have the answers to those questions but I DO know this: any time Ron Rifkin is reading an audiobook, I will be there.  He was GOOD. Right up there with that guy who narrated all of the Harry Potter books.

And you’ve heard me complain before, a narrator can make or break an audiobook!

Happy Monday! What are you reading?


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What’s In My Ear?

Do you love audiobooks as much as I do? Today’s question is what’s in my ear?


And I’ll give you a hint…

It’s a series. (duh)

It’s the first book in a quartet.

And that’s all you get.

Rhyme intended.

Any guesses? How many quartets are there?