The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

What if the one thing you dislike about a book most is that there’s going to a sequel? I really enjoyed Sarah Beth Durst’s novel The Lost.  I found the premise kind of cool.  Basically, there is a town called Lost where the things and people that are missing turn up.  People who have lost their way in life, people missing something key that they cannot … Continue reading The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

Homecoming by Cynthia Voight

Homecoming by Cynthia Voight is the story of four children on their own. The oldest, Dicey Tillerman who is still young enough to pass as a boy when she needs to, leads her three siblings on a cross-country journey in search of a home.  They must face this journey alone after their unstable mother abandons them in a car outside of a large shopping mall … Continue reading Homecoming by Cynthia Voight

The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker

The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker is the second part of her “Regeneration” trilogy. (You can read my review of the first part here.) The books follow several soldiers returned to England from fighting in the trenches of the first world war to the care of psychiatrist Dr. Rivers. Ms. Barker mixes historical figures with imagined characters to create a fascinating cross-section of … Continue reading The Eye in the Door by Pat Barker

The City of Gold and Lead by John Christopher

The City of Gold and Lead by John Christopher is the second part of the Tripods Trilogy. Christopher maintains the high standard of writing he set in the first part, The White Mountains. There is plenty of action, enough to keep his young readers interested, and enough characterization to make the people and the aliens in the book memorable. In The City of Gold and … Continue reading The City of Gold and Lead by John Christopher

Stettin Station by David Downing

For over the first half of Stettin Station, the third book in the John Russell series, author David Downing simply follows his hero through his daily life.  That said daily life is Germany in the first years of World War II is all Mr. Russell needs to make his novel fascinating reading.  That his novel’s hero is a British journalist with a German movie star … Continue reading Stettin Station by David Downing