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Title
Sister Light, Sister Dark
Author
Jane Yolen
Review
In the land of the Dales,Jenna--with pure white hair and dark eyes--takes her first breath, as her mother takes her last. Rejected by her father, the midwife heads off toward the Hame, a community of women, intending to leave the infant there. This midwife, in turn, loses her life to a wild cat while on the path. The baby's rescuers, Selna and Marjo of the Hame, become Jenna's foster mothers only to die a short time later. Thus, Jenna becomes motherless three times. As she grows, her intelligence and skill, particularly in the warrior arts, far surpass the other girls'. Could Jenna be the one, the Anna, the hero that the prophecies foretold?

"Sister Light, Sister Dark" is a pleasant, quick read with strong female characters. One major element, however, makes it stand out from others of this type. The author doesn't merely tell the story. She presents from several unique perspectives. The plot (i.e. what 'really' happens)is just one layer. It alternates with myths, legends, folk songs and scholarly articles by historians, all of which combine and distort elements of the plotline. As a person who loves to read about ancient history, I find this structure fascinating. It makes me wonder more than ever about the connection between the old tales and historical reality.



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Title
Friends Like Us
Author
Lauren Fox
Review
Exploration of the bonds people forge and break. The insight into universal truths make it memorable.
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Title
GULLIVER'S TRAVELS
Author
Jonathan Swift
Review
Jonathan Swift's satire, 'GULLIVER'S TRAVELS" seemed to be a product of his discontent for government and politicians that "misruled" England and Ireland during much of the 18th Century. The protagonist, Lemuel Gulliver, serves as a ship's doctor encountering a variety of civilizations throughout his voyages and mishaps at sea. The journeys introduce the reader to tiny people, giants, and inhabitants of a sky kingdom that floats in the air high above the oceans. The various sizes of these inhabitants or attributes of their environments are metaphors for the elected officials and government policies in place during Swifts' lifetime.(Although most of Swift's countries are fictitious, Gulliver does make a brief visit to Japan en route to his eventual return to England.) The book is also an adventure of a man's challenges to communicate and understand why people go to war and how difficult it can be for society to accept the differences that exist amongst us all.
"GULLIVER'S TRAVELS" is a true classic which may have been missed by many of us on those "required" reading lists in school. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy, if you can find it (my copy had to be taken out of storage at this library!), you may even be able to see some of these characters in our own society today!
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Title
Left to Die
Author
Lisa Jackson
Review
Easy read. Enjoyed most of it. kept hanging until the end. Ending unsatisfactory. Clearly other books to follow in series.
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Title
tell me no secrets
Author
joy fielding
Review
Always a great story this one left me on the edge, she never fails to get u going.
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