November Book

posted Jan 9, 2016, 11:39 AM by Tri-Valley Community Library
Hello all,

Our next book club meeting is on Monday, November 23, at 7:30 p.m. We'll be discussing The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea.  It is Laren's turn to bring suggestions and co-snack with me.  :)

November's book is from this year's Battle of the Books, Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige.  From School Library Journal:  "In this edgy update of Frank L. Baum's Wizard of Oz, Kansas teen Amy Gumm gets sucked into a complex assassination plot to dethrone the megalomaniac and magic addict Dorothy. Oz is no longer the cheerful Technicolor world made popular by the Judy Garland—starring film, and it has been drained of its fairy-tale glimmer by the red shoe—wearing despot and her crew of twisted friends. The Scarecrow, the Tin Man, Glinda, and the Lion all make horrific appearances, and characters from Baum's original are also highlighted in this grim and gory take. Roles are reversed as good and evil witches band together in the revolutionary group of the Wicked to train Amy to kill Dorothy. Debut author Paige doesn't hold back in this fast-paced action novel, and the body count mounts as the tale progresses. Leaps of logic distract from the overall story, and choppy language overwhelms at times, but teens will identify with the heroine's insecurities and feelings of abandonment caused by her parents' divorce and her mother's subsequent drug abuse. The tentative relationship that begins with one of her tutors seems a bit tacked on but will hopefully be developed more in future installments. Plot twists will keep readers guessing, and Amy's affinity to her pet mouse Star will garner some chuckles."

Happy early Thanksgiving!!
Amanda
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