1. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz. Puffin Books 2010. MG. This is Hansel’s and Gretel’s REAL fairytale stories. Yes, stories. First, we learn of the curse put upon their parents and their faithful servant, Johannes. Then, it becomes the children’s curse. Or should I say, curses? Everywhere they go, they search for love and understanding only to have another curse befall them. At last, they discover what they must do to set things right. This is an AMAZING book. It’ll put a bit of a scare into the parent as well as the child, but it’s all about learning about the greatest weapon known to man.
2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Farrar Straus Giroux 1962. MG. Margaret Murry better known as Meg is having a hard time at school. Her father has recently gone missing and rumor has it he’s run off to no-good. Meg doesn’t believe it. Neither does her youngest sibling, Charles Wallace, or her mother. The twins aren’t so sure. It is the doubts that lead Charles Wallace to befriend an odd group of ladies and Meg to meet a new friend, Calvin O’Keefe. Soon, they three discover that the ladies, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, are there to help them find their father as well as defeat The Black Thing that keeps him from them. But the ladies can only take them to where their father is lost, they must fight It themselves. Thus begins a Wonderful journey of discovery, fear, and hope. A quick read!!
3. The Folk of the Air by Peter S. Beagle. Headline 1977. This one was a bit of a tough read for me. Not because of the medieval background happening around the characters, I quite like the period myself, but it took a long time for me to grasp that the story was about a goddess and the ill-begotten son she both loved and feared for. The opening seemed to have no point in the story (the character is held at knife-point). And getting the feeling of the otherworldliness of the characters seeped through slowly. It was a well enough story but I just found it a tad dry and hard to follow at times.