Recent Reads

February 2, 2010 at 1:15 am Leave a comment

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1. White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner – Christian Fiction /Family Dram –  Teenager Tally is left by her father in Arizona with her grandmother while he travels to Europe to find a treasure.  While he is gone, her grandmother dies and she is put into temporary custody with her Aunt and Uncle’s family because they have not a way of reaching him.  Family drama surfaces about a fire and death from their older son’s early childhood, also a marriage in trouble, and school research on the Holocaust. Good story and enjoyable read. Most of Susan’s books are very different from each other. She is not a formula writer.

2.  U is for Undertow by Susan Grafton – Mystery Series – Woman PI – I haven’t read a Kinsey Milhone book for a while.  Kinsey seemed a bit depressed.  Well, she has perked up and seems to be enjoying her life again.  This was a pretty good mystery. I don’t like the details of the criminals lives…especially their evil sides…so I have been more picky about mysteries.  There was a bit more detail than I care….but not as dark as other books. This is a mystery about a missing/kidnapped girl from the 60’s.  So interesting how Kinsey figures out the crime without technology/phones/internet – but the library reference area.   (set in the late 80’s)

3.  Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka – autobiography for kids by children’s author – Jon writes about growing up in the 60’s in this book. He writes in a kid style which reminded me of The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  A bit of the gross out, crazy humor that makes Wimpy Kid so popular.  Jon has 5 brothers and write about their childhood and the crazy things they did as boys.  Would recommend it to boys.  Short chapters and a quick read.

4.  They Never Came Back by Caroline B. Cooney – Young Adult Mystery – Murielle’s parents run away and out of the country to escape embezzlement charges. Murielle was ten at the time and it was arranged for her aunt to bring her to the airport..but she turned around and didn’t do it.  Murielle’s parents never came back for her and she became lost in the foster care system.  Things change five years later when she is recognized by her cousin. Another page turner by Cooney and given enough twists so that it wasn’t predictable.  I enjoyed it very much.

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