(31) In the Shadow of the Banyan // Bookish Blurb

15768648In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner

Like many books, I read this book on my mom’s recommendation. She was reading it for book club and thought I might like it. Basically this book is about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia (something I basically knew nothing about) through the eyes of a seven year old girl. She starts off as the daughter of a prince and then a revolution occurs, one that wants to eliminate all remnants of the former leaders and generally create chaos. Continue reading “(31) In the Shadow of the Banyan // Bookish Blurb”

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(29) Glinda of Oz // Bookish Blurb

glinda_coverGlinda of Oz by L Frank Baum

In this last Oz book, Dorothy and Ozma set out to try and stop a war between two hitherto unknown groups of people in Oz. Of course this ends up being much harder than they anticipate and all the other characters of the Oz books end up coming and having to save them Continue reading “(29) Glinda of Oz // Bookish Blurb”

(20) The Tin Woodman of Oz // Bookish Blurb

maxresdefaultThe Tin Woodman of Oz by L Frank Baum

This is actually the 12th book in the original Oz series. Most people don’t seem to be aware that it is a series at all but it is. I’m slowly working my way through all the books (I read the first 11 last year) which shouldn’t be very hard since they are all quite short and easy to read.

This book concerns the Tin Woodman and is essentially a quest to find the girl he loved before he was made into tin. Along the way we meet many new characters and they go on funny little adventures. As in most of the oz books, the majority of the book is them wandering around meeting odd people/creatures and getting in and out of danger. Continue reading “(20) The Tin Woodman of Oz // Bookish Blurb”

(13) 2 am at the Cat’s Pajamas // Bookish Blurb

2amatthecatspajamas2am at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

The basic premise of the book is that nine year old Madeleine want to sing at the Cat’s Pajamas which is a Philadelphia jazz club. I really wanted to like Madeleine, I really really wanted to but I just had a hard time doing so. I can appreciate her talents and that her life has been really hard and unfair but seriously, she acts like a rebellious 15 yr old.

Some of the other key characters include Sarina, Madeleine’s lonely teacher who is in love with a married man, and Lorca, the owner of the Cat’s Pajamas.

This was another book on that list of happy books and I’m kind of puzzled by that since it’s really not that much of a happy book. Continue reading “(13) 2 am at the Cat’s Pajamas // Bookish Blurb”