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The Crowfield Curse

Walsh, Pat
William lives at an abbey that took him in after a fire killed his family. He saves a creature from a trap, and discovers there is a whole world of fay creatures living around him. Of course, there comes a great evil that he has to overcome. Does one suppose a sequel is in the works? Good story, very descriptive. I could envision the environs clearly.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Couvre-feu (pg. 9) A utensil for extinguishing the fire in a fireplace when the curfew bell rings. Curfew is derived from curfew bell.



Justin And The Best Biscuits In The World

Walter, Mildred Pitts
Justin goes to visit his grandfather's ranch. A very nice story.



Echoes In The Darkness

Wambaugh, Joseph
True story of murder of schoolteacher and her chiildren in Pennsylvania. Very poignant final paragraphs. Read again

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Finnegan's Week

Wambaugh, Joseph
Police story takes place in San Diego. Stolen shoes, toxic waste, very excellent story.



Hollywood Station

Wambaugh, Joseph
Entertaining tales of police officers and the characters they deal with. Favorite character was Olive. Glad to see that she got out from under and did ok.









Seal Team Six: Memoirs Of An Elite Navy SEAL Sniper

Wasdin, Horward E.
Interesting story, but it is very choppy. Sometimes I was confused by what was happening. Being rather prejudiced about chiropractic, I was interested to see how and why he became a chiropractor. A very comprehensive glossary is included!



So Far From The Bamboo Grove

Watkins, Yoko Kawashima
A Japanese girl and her family, living in Korea, escape back to Japan at the end of World War II.

I read this because it had been challenged on historical accuracy. I say, it's the recollections of an eight-year-old girl, novelized. More violence than I expected.



This Side Of Home

Watson, Renee
An African-American high school girl in Portland (Oregon) deals with various complications and changes in her life. Interesting story, made slightly more so because I am vaguely familiar with some of the locales mentioned. My overall impression of the books was, "smooth story", what ever that means!




Watson, Sally
Linnet is quite the teen in 16th century London. Kidnapped by a master criminal, she helps foil a plot to overthrow the queen. Is there a sequel?

Words I Had To Look Up:

kynchin morts. A kinchin is a young child. Kinchin morts are young girls-- orphans, beggers. Kinchin coves are young boys.




Watts, Peter
Spaceship goes to some place to investigate source of messages to some place else where probably some probes came from that scared everyone on Earth. I got the impression Humans were all gonna die, at the end. Maybe I'm wrong.

Words I Had To Look Up:

sieverts (pg. 205) -- An SI unit for the dosage of ionizing radiation equal to 100 rems
crypsis (pg. 225) -- n ecology, crypsis is the ability of an organism to avoid observation or detection by other organisms.
diel cycle (pg. 280) -- Involving a 24-hour period that usually includes a day and the adjoining night


"Well, according to game theory, you should never tell anyone when your birthday is."
"I don't follow"
"It's a lose-lose proposition. There's no winning strategy."
"What do you mean strategy? It's a birthday."

(pg. 83)




Webster, Jean
I judged the book by the movie, and with unreasonable teen-age male prejudices, at that. And, as usual, I was wrong. This charming story, told through letters, is about an orphan named Jerusha (Judy) who is given the opportunity to go to college. The book was published in 1912, I am assuming it takes place around then. Judy is a feisty, curious girl, so there are references to women's suffrage and socialism. You can see below I found a lot of things to look up! Although you can see the denouement, as Judy would put it, coming a mile away, it is still very sweet.

Words I Had To Look Up:

her peroration in midair (pg. 10) -- A flowery and highly rhetorical oration.
inimical ... to change (pg. 68) -- Being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolence
drank every drop of Jamaica ginger they had in stock (pg. 107) -- An alcoholic extract of ginger used as a flavoring.
I'm not anybody's nursemaid or typewriter, or bookkeeper... (pg. 52) -- An archaic term for one who uses a typewriter; a typist.
probity (pg. 142) -- Complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness.
reflected glory (pg. 72) -- Not one's own; received from another.


So in case a war breaks out between the United States and Japan, or the president is assassinated... -- (pg. 111) War with Japan? Wow, that's scary, this was published in 1912. President McKinley had been assasinated in 1901, though the next was President Kennedy in 1963.

>President Cuyler made speech this evening about the modern generation being flippant and superfical. He says we are losing the old ideals of earnest endeavor and true scholarship; and particularly is this falling off noticeable in our disrespectful attitude toward organized authority. -- (pg. 136) Remember, this book was published in 1912.

The only thing that keeps me from starting a collection [of toads] is the fact that no rule exists against it. -- (pg. 46)



Guy Time

Weeks, Sarah
Guy's parents are getting divorced, and he is having girl trouble.



The Wheels Of Chance

Wells, H. G.
Took me a VERY long time to read this e-book, but I finally did! A young man goes on a cycling vacation, and meets a young lady who is cycling with an older companion who has unwelcome designs on her.



Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Wells, Rebecca
One measure of a book might be how many times it brought me to tears. This one had me sniffling quite a few times.



Black Mirror

Werlin, Nancy
I've been captivated by the cover of this book for several years, and so decided to finally read it. I found it alternating sad, funny, poignant, threatening, and depressing. I liked it, but it seems maybe a little more YA than middle school. I guess the period of pot smoking was important to the story, but I wished the author had left out the one f**K, three bi**chs, four d**kheads, one g*dd*m*ed, and maybe the one kiss*ss. And it seemed the protagonist was having her period every other chapter.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Boucle -- Heavy looped pile. Refers to a sweater, in this case. Pg. 102


Oh. My. God.
Ms. Wiles had been right.
I was in love with a small-time prep school drug dealer.


...injected ... with an overdose of heroine. -- pg. 234



Complete Works Of

West, Nathanael
I only read The Day Of the Locust, Miss Lonely Hearts, and A Cool Million. Did not care for Day or Lonely, but I did like Million.




Westerfeld, Scott
Alek and Deryn (Mister Sharp) help the revolution in Istanbul (not Constantinople!). Deryn has romantic feelings towards Alek.




Westerfeld, Scott
Last book in the Leviathan series. Deryn and Alek save the world, sort of, and kiss.


"Mister Sharp"




Westerfeld, Scott
Deryn Sharp disguises her girlish self as joins the British Air Service as a boy. Prince Alek goes on the run after his parents are assassinated in Serbia. Zeppelins, fabricated animals, steampunk. Book one of a trilogy.




Westerfeld, Scott
Tally just can't wait until she turns 16 and become a Pretty in this future story of a Utopian world. First book in a trilogy.


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