Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Opinion: Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

All right, so I am sick beyond sick, grossly drowning in green phlegm sick, so forgive me my clumsy review, which I just posted on Goodreads.com. Or, just skip the review and go get this book. Now!

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars

I ordered "Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy" from PaperbackSwap.com, as an afterthought. I had never heard of it, but it had the Newbery, so I thought I'd try it out.

Oh, my. I can't recommend this book enough. The writing itself leaves me speechless. The characterizations, the excellent balance of action and introspection, the dialogue are all completely flawless.

Then there's the story - a tale of a small Maine town at the turn of the 20th century, and the 13-yr-old minister's son who has just relocated there. Although he wants to move back home to Boston, he meets a girl just his age named Lizzie. Their friendship defies everyone's expectations, and changes his entire life.

The backstory of the race relations is true; the rest is fiction, but it seems like the quiet, deft tale handed down age to age, hand to hand. It's truly a brilliant, lovely piece of literature.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

"Running Wind" contest entry

Hey y'all! I hope you're having a fantastic summer. Jason Evans over at Clarity of Night has hosted yet another fabulous flash fic contest.

My entry is here. Comments appreciated.

With fantastically huge enormous thanks to Tess and Precie. I love you, posse gals!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Poetry Friday Apologies

I have this sinking feeling I will never be asked to do Poetry Friday Round-Up again. And just when I'd gotten so good at making cucumber sandwiches.....*sigh*....

I am very sorry to have had such a late-start coding-bumble link-outage round-up. I will do much better next time. (Next time, I'll serve mimosas!)

ANYWAY - in an egregious oversight, I omitted Suzanne's contribution to Poetry Friday. Patriotic Chickens!!

Go there RIGHT NOW or I'll come over and put salt in your sugar jar. So there.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Independence Day Poetry Friday

4:13 AM UPDATE: All the links should be working now. Email me or leave me a comment if they're not. Sorry for the confusion!!!

3:43 AM BLOGGER HATES ME. My code looks absolutely fine, but when I put up the page, most of the links get switched to my own blog. Working on the technical difficulties - please stand by while I run and shove cucumber sandwiches in blogger's main computer. Grr.

dedicated to my buddy Pete because I didn't get his email responded to quickly

Find an original sestina by Cloudscome that she wrote for Miss Rumphius's Monday Poetry Stretch challenge.

Kelly R. Fineman Any post that references Les Miz gets kindred spirit points big time. Oh, and there's a sonnet there, too.

From across the pond, Michele's got a Wordsworth tribute.

Laura's in with a 15 Words or Less poem and an original poem for Miss Rumphius' Poetry Stretch.

Andrea from Just One More Book sends Flipped Fundamentals, a podcast conversation about a Rhyming Alphabet book with an entertaining and educational twist, "A isn't for Fox -- An Isn't Alphabet."

Lisa's put up two poems from the American Revolutionary War in a post titled "poetry and the price of freedom."

TadMack from Finding Wonderland writes, "I'm in with a traditional English summer song, since I'm not having an American celebration today." The cucumber sandwiches are for you, my Scottish friend!

Marcie at World of Words contributes a poem about baseball and living in another culture.

Karen provides an original cranky haiku, proving she and I are kindred spirits (though she doesn't know it).

Jennie has put up one of my favorite songs over at Biblio File.

Becky has a review of Lady Liberty (an illustrated biography.)

"Canis Major” by Robert Frost is up over at Nancy’s blog, Naturally Speaking.

Sylvia Vardell, who is not in her pajamas (she’s traveling), reports on the 5th annual ALSC Poetry Blast held on Monday at the ALA convention. What a bonanza of 13 poets reading from their work!

You can find david elzey’s original poem over at fomagrams.

What would July be without Shel Silverstein? This one’s from our Canuck friend Lisa @ alotalot (with a great suggestion in the comments by Cloudscome.)

Sarah Rettger has Langston Hughes. Really nice clip.

Haiku Baby looks like a darling book. Read Franki’s review.

7Imp is in with an original very, very bad poem over at Lynn Hazen's blog. Here's how the hilarity (Aerin’s word) started!

Elaine has two poems up this week. At Wild Rose Reader, you’ll find a poem for Independence Day entitled "Fourth of July Parade.” Then, at Blue Rose Girls, she has a poem by New Mexican poet Cynthia Gray entitled "High Desert July."

Nicola Turner, aka Mme T, from St. Paul returns to Poetry Friday from traveling in South Carolina. Her original poem is titled Spanish Moss.

Susan T. at Chicken Spaghetti put up Lewis Carroll’s fantastic “A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky.” Isn’t this just the quintessential summer poem? Thanks, Susan!

Little Willow (aka slayground) put up a passage from Lisa Ann Sandell’s verse novel The Weight of the Sky.

Performance art from the Miss Rumphius Effect!! Tricia has up Norman Lear’s presentation of the Declaration of Independence.

Cuileann is reading a book I just finished last week – Shannon Hale’s Enna Burning. Oh, and she has up Jesus the Mexican Boy for Poetry Friday.

Sapphic stanzas and a gorgeous page layout at Knocking Inside’s “Watson Retires”, by Tiel Asha Ansari

Part of the poem “Immigrant Picnic” by Gregory Djanikian. Thanks, Ruth!

A person with a fabulous name (Okay, it’s Erin) contributes The Song of Freedom by Lewis Eron.

Read Felicity's "I Hear America Singing".

Springsteen and a very cool fireworks picture are up over at Miss Mulhern's The Reading Zone.

And, in a daring post-fireworks entry, Liz Scanlon has put up her poem over at Liz in Ink.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

place holder

Full round-up here!!

Poetry Friday

OH MY GOSH I'm hosting Poetry Friday!!!

Let me try to describe the state of my brain right now: it was mushy mushy mush, and then I ate some M&Ms. Buoyed by a sugar buzz, I checked my email only to discover I had been set to host Poetry Friday. And I didn't realize! It's like throwing a huge party and then answering the door in your rattiest pajamas with no make-up and greasy hair.


It is 10 PM where I am, so by 8 AM tomorrow, July 4th, I will be washed and dressed and have cute cucumber sandwiches with the crusts sliced off. Please join me for Poetry Friday!!!

Also - if you have something to contribute, drop me an email at aerinblogs AT aol DOT com.


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