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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

August Book a Day #19: Best YA Novel(s)

Father's Arcane Daughter - E.L. Konigsburg Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman

I'm going to name both two popular modern books that are marketed as YA (a Harry Potter and The Golden Compass - I recommend both series in total), and a book from my own adolescence that I enjoyed thoroughly that is probably YA (we didn't use the term then): Father's Arcane Daughter.  All are fun reads, and recommended.


I think HP and HDM are well known to everyone these days, so I'll just say a word about Father's Arcane Daughter.  It's by E.L. Konigsburg, and is narrated by "poor little rich boy" Winston Carmichael, who has smotheringly overprotective parents, a younger sister, Heidi, who has problems, and no life. 


And then in 1952 his long-lost half-sister, Caroline, shows up from the dead (she was kidnapped and never found long before Winston or Heidi were ever born - one reason Winston's father is so overprotective), just in time to claim a large inheritance.


Is this woman *really* Caroline Carmichael?  Where was she all those years?  What are her real motives?  What do Winston and Heidi have to do with it?


It was out of print for a while, but I think is back in print?  I don't think many have read it (about 450 on GR), but it's a fine, strange novel.