Our weekly dose of optimism

December 4th, 2008 • Kate

In spite of everything going on with publishing companies this week, there’s still good news to be had. Like the Horn Book review of The Unnameables by Ellen Booraem, which calls it

An optimistic story about the importance of art (and its marketability), this also plays lightly with questions of language and naming; friendship and integrity, too, are notable themes. The novel’s humor and amiable tone make it a highly accessible but thought-provoking read.

And this one from Kidsreads, which ends, “Booraem presents some of the universal themes of children’s literature in a new way, and readers cannot help but cheer Medford on as he discovers the meaning of family and friendship, independence, and the importance of art and expression.”
But wait! There’s more! A starred review for Let It Snow in KLIATT’s year end issue, which concludes

The cadence of the stories is surprisingly consistent and the readers wouldn’t know there are three different authors. All gimmicks aside, this is a great story illuminating the magic of the holidays and the strengths and weaknesses of friendships. YAs will adore it.

Let’s make today a good news day, shall we? Who else has good news to share?

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3 Responses to “Our weekly dose of optimism”

  1. Joe Iriarte Says:

    My good news is I'm taking tomorrow off. Personal sanity day!

  2. jeanoram Says:

    My free book will arrive tomorrow. All I have to do is write a review! New book! For me! Yay! (I'm such a sucker.)
    My Christmas shopping is almost done.
    My NaNoWriMo story, which is nearing 70K, is on the home stretch–just got over that latest 'what the heck are they going to do now' hump.
    I surfed the net and found the hashbrown casserole recipe my friend uses. Ha ha! The yumminess is now at my disposal!
    It's the small things…
    (And the Unnameables is a rockin' book, glad they noticed!)

  3. yellowbrick08 Says:

    My good news is I found an exercise that helped me sort out the plot point problems I was having with my revision, and now the revision is coming along well.
    And on Ellen's good news, congrats! I finished the book a couple weeks ago and I agree with those reviews. I loved the book.