Monday, May 24, 2010

The Cinderella Society

From time to time, I read books outside the age parameters for Joliet Reads. I know. Quite shocking.

I recently read The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy. Loved it while I read it, despite a little too much teen angst (it's a YA book), but found some gaps in logic a week or two after reading it. I still recommend it highly, especially if you're ready for some Girl Power and Good triumphing over Evil (or Wickeds, to use the book's terminology).

A pick and a pan

Hurray! I read another book that would be an excellent 4th and 5th grade choice for Joliet Reads! That book is The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood (and is the first book in The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series). It will appeal to children who love the Lemony Snicket series... but is way better!

Now for the pan. I was very disappointed in The Birthday Ball by Lois Lowry. It was kind of cute, but became a bad choice for our committee when she had a character "moon" another character in one of the later chapters of the book. In addition, the princess's suitors were beyond cringeworthy - their descriptions were disgusting enough to put me off food for a while.

It is a Bad Thing to interfere with my appetite or enjoyment of food. A. Very. Bad. Thing.

Such cute fairies!

I saw the cutest handmade fairies on a web site. Here's the rose fairy!

Here's the web site, in case you'd like to see more: