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JL's Bibliomania

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While my first love was SF, I read widely in YA, urban fantasy, police procedurals,  middle-grade, and non-fiction. 




Currently reading

Sparrow Hill Road
Seanan McGuire
Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime
Val McDermid
Progress: 161/320 pages
The Loved Dog: How to Train Your Dog in 30 Days
Tamar Geller
Progress: 103/256 pages

Retro Reread: Island of the Blue Dophins

Island of the Blue Dolphins - Scott O'Dell, Lois Lowry

When I was a tween, the trope of a spunky self-sufficient girl was very appealing and I read Island of the Blue Dolphins, along with Julie of the Wolves, many many times. While it has (mostly) fallen out of fashion, my 4th grader is in a very large class with an older teacher who is running the students through a series of classic novels accompanied by basic comprehension questions for homework. My son's group is currently working through Island of the Blue Dolphins.


Karana was barely 13 when the story began. It struck me that at 13, she already knew enough of the adult's work to be self-sufficient in a way that few 13 year olds would be in 2013. I can still see what appealed to me as a younger reader, but as an adult, some of the descriptive passages were a bit tedious.