Bonnie's Good Reads of 2009
It’s really tough to pick out favorites from the many books I read in 2009, and the ones I’ll mention are freshest in my mind because I read them most recently. But I'm always happy to tell readers about good reads!
Something about Annie and Miss Eliza stayed with me for weeks after I finished Road to Tater Hill by Edith Hemingway. The relationship between the young girl and older woman was tentative and tender. Both were suffering loss in unique ways, and their growing friendship was a lovely story of finding support and encouragement in unexpected forms and relationships. I related to Annie’s need for solitary exploration in the mountains of North Carolina (I live in NC and spent my childhood roaming mountain county), admired her standing up for an old lady with no friends, and heard the music and poetry in its pages. What reader doesn’t adore a shared love of the written word and the pleasure it can bring to those who have so little. Annie makes that happen for Miss Eliza, and I loved her for it.
I’m a sucker for reading about outdoor adventures and, though Wild Things by Clay Carmichael was not exactly that, it contained every element of a story that grabs me. First of all, the main character’s name is Zoe. I once had a dear little scruffy dog named Zoe. I know that has nothing to do with the book, but still… In the story Zoe doesn’t trust anyone. (Actually, neither did my dog. It had been a stray left beside the road. So that explains the connection!) Zoe is taken in by her eccentric uncle Henry, former surgeon, now grand-scale metal sculptor. So there’s one of my favorite elements --art. Zoe meets several other peculiar characters (I love quirky folks) old and young, slightly tames a cat (I'm nuts about pets) that is as untrusting as she is, and a most mysterious boy in the woods (what girl can resist a mysterious boy in the woods?). I loved being inside C’mere the cat’s head as much as I enjoyed being inside Zoe’s. And I enjoyed every minute of exploring the woods and the cabin with its secrets.
- scary biology teacher stabs pencil at slacker bully;
- bully bites it off, chews it up, and swallows;
- the very next day biology teacher disappears on a field trip when a wildfire breaks out in the BLACK VINE SWAMP,
- a field trip that the bully (known-arsonist bully, I might add) skipped out on.
Island Sting book trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L54xiWa8IDc
Thank you, Bonnie, for sharing your favorite reads of 2009 with us! I'll leave you with a synopsis for Island Sting (and hopefully in the future I can give you a review of it). Tell me the sound of it doesn't sound exciting:
When city girl Kenzie Ryan moves to a Florida wildlife refuge, she plunges straight into an eco-mystery. Kenzie trades New York streets for Keys pollution cleanup, and now, instead of hailing cabs, she’s tracking down a poacher of endangered Key deer.
Her new home does have some benefits—mainly Angelo, an island native, who teams up with her to nab the culprit.
But will they both survive when the killer turns from stalking deer to hunting humans?