...from a BookLover

Sunday, 30 June 2013

A tea party

This picture reminded me of the hallway of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Imagine what a terrific tea party this would make! Especially with that dream library next door...!

Cade Martin

Tell me no lies

Today I am reading a book called "Tell me no lies", written by Malorie Blackman. I got this book from a cousin of mine over in England when I visited last week - apparently they were reading it in one of his classes some time ago.

The book tells the story of two children, Gemma and Mike. They meet when Mike begins in Gemma's class. Gemma, who has no friends and feels as if she wears an invisible cloak, realises she has seen this new boy's face before, and is determined to figure out where. Mike, on the other hand, is hoping to blend in - to keep his past hidden and make a new start. The fact that Gemma seems to reconize him is the last thing he needs.

As the class embraces Mike, Gemma cannot understand why he is included the way she has never been. When she figures out where she has seen him before, she is not going to let Mike turn his back on her or ignore her like everyone else. Why, Mike has even told the biggest lie in the world in front of the class - a terrible, terrible lie. And he actually sees her - really sees her!

This is the beginning of a story about bullying. How being bullied can define a life, and maybe even how easy it is to become a bully oneself. It sure offers some ground for thoughts. And I love the ending.

A teaser for you:
"Not that Gemma was mad! Of course not! But her smile had meant that try as he might, Mike hadn't been able to ignore her. At last she'd found someone who couldn't force her to wear her cloak of invisibility."
from "Tell me no lies"

Tell me no lies by Malorie Blackman

More teasers:
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Should Be Reading

Friday, 28 June 2013

I was born with a..

Oh my, this is so me! My reading list grows and gorws and grows - it is incredible! Sometimes I really think it has a life of its own! It simply loves collecting more interesting books to look closer at or get hold of - and indeed in rather a faster pace than I manage to keep track of...

Quote by Maud Casey

Sunday, 23 June 2013

The stolen branch

THE STOLEN BRANCH (La Rama Robada) – Pablo Neruda 

We shall go into the night 
to steal 
a flowering branch. 

We shall climb over the wall 
in the darkness of someone’s garden, 
two shadows in the shadow. 

Winter is still not past 
and the apple tree appears 
suddenly transformed into 
a cascade of perfumed stars. 

We shall go into the night 
right up to its trembling firmament, 
and your little hands and mine 
will steal the stars. 

And then secretly, 
in our home, 
in the night and the dark, 
there will enter with your steps 
the silent tread of your perfume, 
and with starry feet 
the shining body of Spring. 

(trans. Brian Cole)

Not apple blossoms, perhaps, but these are lovely, too 

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

I Opened A Book..

“I opened a book and in I strode.
Now nobody can find me.
I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,
My town and my world behind me.
I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring,
I’ve swallowed the magic potion.
I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king
And dived in a bottomless ocean.
I opened a book and made some friends.
I shared their tears and laughter
And followed their road with its bumps and bends
To the happily ever after.
I finished my book and out I came.
The cloak can no longer hide me.
My chair and my house are just the same,
But I have a book inside me.”
– Julia Donaldson (Crazy Mayonnaisy Mum Anthology)
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