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Eon: Dragoneye reborn – Alison Goodman

Posted by Laura on August 6, 2009

Eon is twelve-years-old and is in training to become a Dragoneye.  Every New Year, twelve twelve-year-old boys, who have the rare ability to see the dragon of their birth year, vie to become a Dragoneye to the ascending dragon.  This year the ascending Dragon is the Rat Dragon, the Keeper of Ambition.

Eon’s master is poor and the future of his household rests on Eon’s success at being selected as the next Dragoneye.  The problem is that Eon is not twelve-years-old.  He is sixteen-years-old.  And he is not a he, but a she.  Girls are not allowed to become Dragoneyes because they are physically weak and lack the “depth of character needed to commune with an energy dragon (p.2).”

Eona, as her name truly is, is certain that she will be killed if ever her secret is discovered.  But, she can see all the dragons, not just the dragon of her birth year.  Her abilities are greater than even her master believes.

Eon: Dragoneye reborn by Alison Goodman is filled with political intrigue.  The Emperor is dying and his brother is trying to take over.  Which means that that Emperor’s son will have to be disposed of.  There are people in the court who are trying to prevent the uprising, for the good of the empire and for the good of other nations.

FYI ~ This book is set in a society where it is fairly common to have eunuchs as servants – at least on the Emperor’s staff.  There is also one woman who was born in a man’s body.  If either of these types of character bother you, don’t read the book.  If these types of characters don’t bother you, you are in for an exciting tale that will be concluded in a future book – which I won’t give you the title of, because it might ruin the first book a bit.

Fair enough?

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My Most Excellent Year – Steve Kluger

Posted by Laura on September 3, 2008

Ms. LaFontaine assigned her eleventh grade class to write about “My Totally Excellent Year.” After they balked over the title (and changed it), three chose to write about the year they were in ninth grade.

T.C.’s mom died when he was six, and because of that loss, he acquired a new brother. Augie was the only one who knew how to talk to T.C. Soon Augie’s parents were T.C.’s “Mom” and “Dad,” and T.C.’s father was “Pop” to them both.

Alejandra’s father had been the ambassador to Mexico, and Ale was to enter the family business. The problem was that she constantly put her foot in her mouth and offended dignitaries at official functions.

The story is about friendship, first loves, the families we are born with, and the families we choose. It is told through journal entries, E-mails, chats, newspaper articles and posters. In My Most Excellent Year : A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park , there is sports, music, dancing, acting, political action, discovery of sexual orientation, sign-language and, yes, Julie Andrews.

This is a fantastic novel of acceptance and encouragement.  And it’s funny.

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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You – Peter Cameron

Posted by Laura on May 29, 2008

Someday this pain will be useful to you is a novel about James Sveck, an eighteen year old New Yorker who doesn’t want to go to college. He thinks he can learn everything he needs to know by reading books. He will buy a house in the Midwest and read Trollope, Denton Welch and Eric Rohmer.  That would be much better than spending time in school with people his age who he has nothing in common with and who have nothing interesting to say.  He works in his mother’s art gallery where currently on display is a collection of garbage can art by a nameless artist (he doesn’t believe in the use of names).

Months ago, something happens with James at a seminar in Washington, D.C. that causes concern for his family.  He won’t talk about it because he doesn’t have anything he needs to say.

He doesn’t fit in.  He doesn’t really want to fit in.  He doesn’t want to go to college.  His parents each ask him if he is gay.  Why should it matter?  Was his sister, Gillian (now pronounced with a hard G) asked if she was heterosexual?  And why does their Standard Poodle, Miro, act like he thinks he is human?  (Although, don’t all dogs act like this?)

If you read this book, which I think is worthwhile, you will come across words that you would expect to find on a college entrance exam.  You will meet a character who has something missing inside.  A character who thinks.  A character who likes words to be used properly.  A character who is sad all of the time.

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