Diversity Reading Challenge

Boy Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty—the opposite of the life she’s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman.

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

There is much to like about this book.  I don’t want to give away anything but the man that Boy (a girl named Boy) marries is a light skinned African American man passing as white. Hard to believe but in 1940s America, this kinda thing was done. This book just wasn’t for me. There was so much to like but so much that made me shake my head. But if you persevere to the end you will get a very pleasant surprise twist, which they hinted at  and I didn’t want to believe it!

Read it for yourself and judge.  Qualifies for the Diversity Challenge!

Books Children

Tween Book Club Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

I meet with a group of tweens (my tweenies) every month for a bookclub. This year I let the kids decide what books they wanted to read. It’s been an interesting assortment of middle grade literature that I am proud to have in my repertoire.  This month we discussed The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer, the boy from Glee.


I’d received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book two years ago at BEA and I somehow never got around to it. I was happy to get a chance to read it with my Tweenies.  It’s a fun read if you like fairy tales. Colfer weaves a tale about a set of brother and sister twins who find themselves in an alternate universe! A universe of Fairy Tales.

It’s a clever ride through the magic kingdoms of your favorite fairytales.  I can’t wait to read the second book!

Next month we will discuss, The Name of this Book is Secret.  Have you read it?



Here’s Why I Love Deadweather and Sunrise: The Chronicles of Egg by Geoff Radkey

You may remember last week or so I mentioned that I was behind on my review of Deadweather and Sunrise: The Chronicles of Egg by Geoff Radkey. I’m glad to report that I finished it and LOVED IT!!

deadweather sunrise

You had me at pirate.

Here’s my video review.

My only beef with the story is that while the author tried to include multicultural characters, they were little people.  Or a little person.  Surely some of these pirates in future books could be of other ethnicities?  Historically pirates have been all manner of race; it’s kinda like the only time there is integration: stealing and pillaging.  But I digress.

p.s. Hey Geoff,  any room for a librarian? Egg’s gonna need a new tutor…

Four paws!

Unconventional Librarian 4paws