Showing posts from January, 2020

MMGM (1/20/2020): Queen of the Sea by Dylan Meconis

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! For MMGM, I am recommending the graphic novel  Queen of the Sea  by Dylan Meconis.           Queen of the Sea  is a historically inspired graphic novel set in the 1500s on an island off the country of Albion (loosely based on the U.K.). The book's protagonist and narrator, Margaret, is a child who lives on this island, a remote convent populated only by six nuns, a priest, and three staff. Margaret does not know who her parents were or why she has come to live on the island; she only knows that she was brought to the nuns aboard the Regina Maris (a ship that visits the island twice a year) and has lived with them ever since. Margaret has not left the island since arriving, but she has grown accustomed to the island's unaltered beauty and her life at the convent, ultimately preparing to become a nun as an adult. When a boy her age named William and his noblewoman mother arrive on the island, she becomes even happier finally having a frien

MMGM (1/13/2020): Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo, with illustrations by K.G. Campbell

I hope everyone is enjoying 2020 so far! For MMGM, I am recommending Newbery Medal-winner  Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures  by Kate DiCamillo, with illustrations by K.G. Campbell.           Several weeks ago, I was discussing this book's upcoming movie adaptation here , and I realized that, although I had read it and enjoyed it, I had never reviewed it. I am finally rectifying that mistake! Here's the publisher's description of the book (I think it describes the book better than I could): ********** It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book  Terrible Things Can Happen to You! , is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelle