Borderline (Review)
reviews* / August 13, 2011

Title: Borderline Author: Allan Stratton Publication Year: 2010 Pages: 304 Genre: Fiction, Young Adult Source: Review copy from the publisher From the cover: The truth is closing in. Life’s not easy for Sami Sabiri since his dad stuck him at a private school where he’s the only Muslim kid. But it’s about to get a lot worse. When Sami catches his father in a lie, he gets suspicious. . . . He’s not the only one. In a whirlwind, the FBI descends on his home, and Sami’s family becomes the center of an international terrorist investigation. Now Sami must fight to keep his world from unraveling. An explosive thriller ripped from today’s headlines, borderline is the story of a funny, gutsy Muslim-American teen determined to save his father, his family, and his life. I originally wanted to read this book because it seemed to be one of the few YA novels that has a Muslim protagonist, and one of the even fewer YA novels that has a male Muslim protagonist. (I mean, I’m sure there are more, but this is one of the first that I’ve heard of.) Then I started reading about how many awards this book has won…

December Round-Up
month in review , thoughts / January 3, 2011

This month has been the anomaly of the year. I only finished reading four books, and rarely blogged more than once or twice a week. I did, however, get a chance to post about the Montreal Massacre on December 6th, and also to post a very cute holiday picture of my cat. Here are some quick links to blogger interviews I posted this month, in case you missed them: Reading Roots: Katy from A Few More Pages Reading Roots: Stephen from This Week At The Library Reading Roots: Violet from The Eager Readers Reading Roots: Kristi from The Story Siren And finally, you can see what I read this month below. While I didn’t get to read or blog much this month, I’m hoping to make up for that in the near future. I’m also going to be posting a reflection on my first year of reading and blogging soon. Hope that everything has gone well for you over the past few weeks, and into 2011! What did I read this month? Click on the book cover to see the review post for each title.

Obasan (Review)
reviews* / December 27, 2010

Title: Obasan Author: Joy Kogawa Publication Year: 1981 Pages: 300 Genre: Historical Fiction Source: Borrowed from a classroom bookshelf From the cover: This powerful, passionate and highly acclaimed novel tells, through the eyes of a child, the moving story of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Naomi is a sheltered and beloved 5 year old when Pearl Harbour changes her life. Separated from her mother, she watches bewildered as she and her family become enemy aliens, persecuted and despised in their own land. Surrounded by hardship and pain, Naomi is protected by the resolute endurance of her aunt, Obasan, and the silence of those around her. Only after Naomi grows up, does she return to question that haunting silence. This is one of the two books that I’ve been reading for the past few weeks, and the first one that I’ve actually finished since the beginning of the month. So weird for me after the year of reading that I’ve had so far. I think that part of why I’ve been in this “reading slump” is because of the subject matter of this book – normally, I don’t have trouble reading historical fiction, even when it’s based on horrible…