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J LHLS Archives: July 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
The Mistmantle Chronicles, Book Two: Urchin and the Heartstone
By M.I. McAllister
Published by Miramax/Hyperion Books for Children
Publication date: September 2006
Review by Kathryn Ramage
In the first book of the Mistmantle Chronicles, our hero Urchin, an orphan with a mysterious past, helped to restore the true King Crispin to his rightful throne on the Isle of Mistmantle. As this second book begins, Mistmantle is preparing for Crispin's coronation, when a ship arrives from a neighboring island called Whitewings, bringing Lord Treeth, an emissary from the King of Whitewings, and his retinue. According to Treeth, refugees from Mistmantle, former followers of the usurping Lord Husk, are making trouble in Whitewings; he asks that Crispin send Urchin to aid them, since there is an ancient prophecy on their island.
Lord Treeth explains: "Far, far away in the past, it was said that a time would come when the creatures of Whitewings would be in great need. A squirrel would come to our help, and be the island's deliverer. This deliverer would be... A Marked Squirrel... A squirrel pale as honey... a squirrel, Urchin, like yourself."
Yes. As you may guess if Ginger manages to get a picture of the book cover, our hero Urchin is a squirrel. So is King Crispin, and the other characters are hedgehogs, otters, and the occasional mole. [more]
Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 02:12 PM PST [Link]
Monday, July 17, 2006
By Matthew Skelton
Published by Delacorte Press
Release date: August 22, 2006
Reviewed by Kathryn Ramage
In modern-day Oxford, a bored little American boy named Blake wanders an old library where his mother is working on her research, when he finds a book titled Endymion Spring--or, to be more accurate, the book finds him, nearly jumping into his hand when he touches the spine. But when Blake opens the book, all the pages appear to be blank. Turning through the pages, he finds a poem at the very center of the book:
"When Summer and Winter in Autumn divide
The Sun will uncover a secret inside.
Should Winter from Summer irrevocably part
The Whole of the Book will fall quickly apart.
Yet if the Seasons join Hands together
The Order of Things will last forever.
These are the Words of Endymion Spring.
Bring only the Insight the Inside brings."
A riddle, a prophecy? but who or what is Endymion Spring? [more]
Posted by Kathryn L Ramage @ 12:36 PM PST [Link]
Sunday, July 16, 2006
By David B
Publsihed by Fantagraphics
Review by Leigh Anne Wilson
Oh, Ignatz, you had me at Hello.
I love the high quality paper stock.
I love the 2-ink minimalist coloring.
I love the sexy little book jackets.
For all these superficial reasons, I love you, Ignatz series. But to give me David B., well, you’ve really outdone yourself. [more]
Posted by Leigh Anne Wilson @ 08:50 PM PST [Link]
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