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The Babadook dir. by

Samuel’s father died driving his mother to the hospital the day Samuel was born. Ever since it has just been…

Falling from horses by

Free arc received via NetGalley Bud Frazer left home when he was nineteen. For a few years he rode the…

The Marrying Kind dir. by

In the domestic courts it is time for Keefer vs Keefer. But the various arguments carry on until it is…

Year of wonders by

The year is 1665 and Anna Frith is a widow at only 18 years of age. She has two young…

Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by

illustrated by Quentin Blake This book opens with a picture of the author, smiling. The words tell a different story….

The son by

translated from French by Adriana Hunter It is eleven days since our first person narrator has died. He was just…

The silver dark sea by

Life is different when you live on an island. The sea is all important, whether or not you make you…

A monster calls by

a monster callsEvery night Conor O’Malley has the nightmare. Every night. But tonight something is different. Tonight there is a new monster. A new nightmare. And Conor isn’t sure if this is a dream or not. But either way, this is the monster he was fearing. This monster, the yew tree, tells him that it will tell him three stories. And then Conor will tell the monster a story. A true story. And if he doesn’t, then the monster will eat him alive.

Swamplandia! by

ISBN: 9780701186029 Our mother performed in starlight. Ava Bigtree lives in Swamplandia! with her family. They wrestle alligators in front…

Touching earth lightly by

ISBN: 1864488239 “I’ve got to get our of that house.” Janey looked almost small, walking past these angled girders. Growing…

I kill giants by

It was a time of darkness where the cities of the damned were stacked high with the bones of fallen heroes.

Barbara Thorson doesn’t need career day. She already has a career, that of giant-killer. She tells her teacher and class this fact, for some reason they don’t believe her. She’s regarded as a freak. And is friendless as school, until a new girl shows up while Barbara is out setting giant traps. They slowly become friends, but things don’t really improve for Barbara. Her father is absent. Her sister out at work all day, and then stressed, and a bad cook. And her mother…

Gran Torino dir. by

This is an odd film. Hard to write about because there are so many different ways to take it. On…

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