Red Glass: better than twilight

22 March 2009

This is another amazing book by Laura Resau, Red Glass. Here's a reveiw from Laura's website:

One night Sophie, her mother, and her stepfather are called to a hospital, where Pablo, a five-year-old Mexican boy, is recovering from dehydration. Pablo was carrying the business card of Sophie's step-father - but he doesn't recognize the boy. Crossing the border into Arizona with seven other Mexicans and a coyote, or guide, Pablo and his parents faced such harsh conditions that the boy is the only survivor. Pablo comes to live with Sophie, her parents, and Sophie's aunt Dika, a refugee from the war in Bosnia. Sophie loves Pablo - her Principito, or Little Prince - but after a year, Sophie's parents are able to contact Pablo's extended family in Mexico, and Sophie, Dika, and Dika's new boyfriend and his son must travel with Pablo to his hometown so that he can make a heart-wrenching decision.

Sophie has always been afraid of everything - car wrecks, cancer, becoming an orphan herself. But traveling with Dika, Pablo, Mr. Lorenzo, and Angel - people who have suffered losses beyond Sophie's imagining - changes her perception of danger. Sophie feels a strong connection to Ángel, but she fears losing him almost as much as she enjoys their time together. When a tragic event forces Sophie to take a dangerous journey, she recognizes that life is beautiful even in the midst of death - and that love is worth the risk of losing.

Excerpt from Red Glass

Even before the boy appeared, I thought about the people crossing the desert. I imagined how scrub brush scratched their legs as they walked at night, how the sun dried out their eyes during the day, how their hearts pounded when they threw their bodies to the ground, hiding from la migra. I imagined them pressing their cheeks against the dust, thinking about the happy life they would have if only they reached the end of this desert.

And here's the conversation between 'Angel and Sophie have that's much better than ANYTHING edward cullen can ever say!

page 52:

"After a while, Angel said, "Hey, I never told you the real reason i wear shades all the time"

I was grateful he changed the subject, "Okay, why do you wear shades all the time?"

"Your beauty would blind me without them"

How wonderful is that? I mean, its just so......beautiful: the word choice. And the culture of Latin America sprouts inside the book too, the guerrillas movement and the pain that the mexican's felt. You get almost a second hand look about the living conditions and state of the Mexican people, and children. Its just soo good! And this is what Sophie says to Angel when he's about to leave to Guatemala (page 152):
"Every time I look at the moon I'll think of you. And this night. And the night in the van with you following the moon. And the first night, remember, when you stepped off the bunk. Moonlight was coming through the window, and sparks were coming off you. Did you know that? Sparks like stars "And every time i see the stars I'll see those sparks again. At first it will be a sad feeling. But over the years it might change to a happy feeling with only a little bit of sadness. And maybe one day when i'm old like Nola and lying on the ground watching the sky, maybe it will fill me with complete happiness to watch the moon and the stars and remember you" I took a deep breath, held it, and waited. My eyes filled with tears. Crickets sand back and forth in waves. In the spaces between their songs, silence.

what can be more romantic than that? I mean really. Oh heres more!

page 83:
"You really don't know do you?" he said
He smiled, "You have a chispa, even though you try to hide it"

chispa- spark
And then Angel gives Sophie a nickname, and nicknames are sign's of affection:
page 46

"How much lime are you going to put on that?" Dika asked, her eyes wide.
I ignored her.
Angel came to my defense, "Lime's good for you. Lots of vitamin C, right, lime-girl?"
Dika laughed, a snort that blew Pepsi out her mouth, "Lime girl!"

But Mr. Lorenzo nodded, serious. "In my country, we use limes like medicine, for the sore throat and the cough and the cold. For anything."

I appreciated that Mr. Lorenzo stood up for me. He was quiet and shy and iddn't talk much, just gave Dika a soft-eyed looks every so often.
"Lime-girl" is what Angel started calling me.................................

Red Glass pwns Twilight! Twilight sucks so bad compared to this, no offense Stephanie Meyer

What the Moon Saw

Resau has only written two books, Red Glass and What the Moon Saw . Both books are very powerful and express's nationalism of Mexico. Its filled with nature and touching stories, the two books both contain bits of romance.
What the Moon Saw, is about a girl, Clara Luna, who is Mexican but lives in America with her family. She gets a letter from her grandparent's asking her to visit, and Clara does. There she lives and explores everything, and she meets a boy named Pedro a guitarist and a goat herder. She falls in love with the beauty of Mexico and the simplicity of Pedro. Here's some official reveiws about it:

From School Library Journal Starred Review. Grade 5-9–Out of the blue, 14-year-old Clara Luna receives a letter from her grandparents inviting her to spend the summer with them in Mexico. She has never met her fathers parents and he has not seen them since he left his homeland more than 20 years ago. Wary of visiting people she doesnt know and yet frustrated and restless with her life at home, Clara embarks on the two-day journey to the remote village of Yucuyoo. Through her experiences there, she discovers not only her own strength as an individual, but also her talent for healing, which she shares with her grandmother. The exquisitely crafted narrative includes Claras first-person impressions and descriptions interspersed with chapters of her grandmothers story. The characters are well developed, each with a fully formed backstory. Resau does an exceptional job of portraying the agricultural society sympathetically and realistically, naturally integrating Spanish words and phrases in Mixteco into the plot without distracting from it. The atmosphere is mystical and dreamlike, yet energetic. Readers will relish Claras adventures in Mexico, as well as her budding romance with Pedro. This distinguished novel will be a great addition to any collection.–Melissa Christy Buron, Epps Island Elementary, Houston, TX Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist *Starred Review* "In all my fourteen years, I hadn't thought much about Mexico," says Clara, who lives in suburban Maryland with her American mother and Mexican father, who crossed the border illegally long ago. Then Clara's Mexican grandparents invite her to spend the summer with them in Oaxaca, and she finds herself on a plane, traveling to see a part of her father's life she has barely considered. Resau's deeply felt, lyrical debut follows Clara through her summer with her grandparents, who live in small huts in the remote Oaxacan mountains. After her grandfather tells Clara that her grandmother "can see a whole world that the rest of us cannot," Clara learns that Abuelita is a healer, and in alternating first-person narratives, Resau juxtaposes Abuelita's stories of her coming-of-age with Clara's own awakening. Pedro, a young neighbor, stirs some of Clara's first romantic desires and forces questions about cultural misperceptions. The metaphors of personal discovery are sometimes heavy and esoteric, and the transitions between narrators are occasionally contrived. But in poetic, memorable language, Resau offers a rare glimpse into an indigenous culture, grounding her story in the universal questions and conflicts of a young teen. Readers who enjoyed Ann Cameron's Colibri (2003) will find themselves equally swept up in this powerful, magical story, and they'll feel, along with Clara, "the spiderweb's threads, connecting me to people miles and years away." Gillian Engberg Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

04 March 2009

Her two older sisters are football stars, her brother is silent, and she's a farm girl. D.J. has been working almost everything at her family farm since her brothers left of football scholarships, and when Brian, a snotty football player, comes to help her, she doesn't know whats coming. A family friend, Jimmy who is also Brian's coach, asked D.J. to train Brian, which they both almost reluctantly agreed. And next to training Brian, D.J has a secret desire to play football herself on the school team.

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