How would you like the witch to give you a twin – one who is smarter, better, faster than you? She’s really nice, though: she only wants half of Mirka’s life. Half her meals, half her classes, half her basketball games – how will a nice Orthodox Jewish girl get her life back? And what … More Mirka Met a Meteorite & Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
I actually know what Gemina means, and I still missed the plot twist. Because it was such a twisty twist! But when Our Intrepid Heroes figured it out, the trail was right there, ready to be missed due to the frantic pace of the action. And figuring out The Traitor was easy, except that you … More Gemina by Amie Kaufman
No Good Deed byKara Connolly 3 star tags: author-female, cover-art-enticing, hero-female, hero-rushes-around-planless, historical-fiction, palace-politics, sf-f, test-bechcel-pass, ya The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson (World of Solace) 5 star tags: author-female, big-fat-book, cover-art-enticing, hero-brain-over-brawn, hero-female, middle-grade, mystery, palace-politics, sf-f, shapeshifter, steam-punk, test-bechcel-pass, test-johnson-pass
Return of Meg the Lady Blacksmith – her iron work is once again part of the plot. Organization is now her job, as well as a major part of the plot. The baseball coach everyone loves to hate – is hateful at his day-job, too. Then he doesn’t die – what went wrong?
Can a book be YA when the hero is 25? She reads like an older teen. Ingrid is a special snowflake, the only female who can feel the magic of earth’s tremors. She isn’t going to storm the castle, um, the academy, to make it a place where women can take part. No, she has … More Breath of Earth by Beth Cato
The main diff between the book and the movie was at the beginning and end: There’s no stupid old woman who hates Toto and becomes the evil witch. There are no farm hands to become the lion the tin-man and the scarecrow. The greyness is there, though. Aunt Em used to be a happy young … More The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Do questions make a good review? Why is making cloth women’s work? When did it become men’s work? How closely does the modern suit-and-shirt resemble the earliest form of clothing? What about other cultural forms of clothing? Why shouldn’t hunting be women’s work, since some women hunted? When is farming women’s work, and when is … More Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years by Elizabeth Wayland Barber