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Fearless

Woodruff, Elvira
In 1703 England a boy travels a long distance to find news of his shipwrecked father, and meet an extraordinary man who, among many marvels, built a lighthouse. Historical fiction, and very good. Learned a number of interesting things.

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6/2016

The Ravenmaster's Secret

Woodruff, Elvira
Takes place mostly in the Tower Of London in 1735 when the son of the castle's Ravenmaster is involved in a plot to help a prisoner escape. Pretty good story, and learned a bit more about the Tower.

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6/2016

Santa Fe Rules

Woods, Stuart
Movie producer Wolf Willett is surprised (!) when he reads his own obituary. I question ignoring the dog scratching at the door. A fast, interesting

QUOTE:

Oh, God, he thought, it's going to be somebody I know. He read on quickly. It was somebody he knew.

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11/1999

The Caine Mutiny

Wouk, Herman
I withdrew this book from the library collection as no one has read it in thirty years. I decided I should read it because, well, it's FAMOUS! And glad I am that I did! I really enjoyed reading it,unlike that OTHER Pulitzer Prize winner I read recently.

Words I Had To Look Up::

billingsgate (pg. Note) -- Foul, abusive language.
lordosis (pg. 5) -- Excessive inward curvature of the spine.
vitiates (pg. 21) -- To reduce the value or impair the quality of.
tocsin (pg. 24) -- An alarm bell or signal.
trucklight (pg. 84) -- The aircraft warning lights on a ship, as far as I can figure out
. dithyrambic (pg. 129) -- A wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing. From wild dances to honor the Greek god Dionysus.
Title B inventory (pg. 155) -- Items on a Navy ship valued at less than $1,000 (currently, not sure abou during WWII) each, such as binoculars, stop watches, test equipement.
prisonors-at-large (pg. 162) -- Prisonors who are required to perform their duties but not allowed to leave the ship.
alidade (pg. 303) -- An indicator or a sighting apparatus on a plane table, used in angular measurement.
JBD 640 (pg. 310) -- I cannot find any reference to a radio with this name.
Harold Teen (pg. 448) -- A comic strip about a teenager that ran from 1919 til 1959. It may have originated the word "gedunk".
pink tea (pg. 483) -- Formal afternoon tea usu. marked by a high degree of decorum.

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10/2011

Taling To Dragons

Wrede, Patricia C.
Whoops, it's "Talking To Dragons"! The fourth and final book in the series, as far as I know. I read the series pre-1998, and now I've read the last book (which was published first) again. A boy is sent off into an enchanted forest by his mother, carrying a sword she provided. He meets a number of interesting beings along the way. I think I may just go back and read the other books again.

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2/2015

The Grand Tour

Wrede, Patricia C. and Caroline Stevermer
I've read all Wrede's Enchanted Forest books and found them... enchanting. This book is very different, it it more of a Jane Austin with magical overtones. Very mannered, spunky heroines. Book two of a series, Cecy and Kate are now married and making the Grand Tour on their wedding trip. But magic and mystery intervene.

Words I Had To Look Up:

No one minds a touch of the farouche in a new bride. (pg.184) -- Either fierce, wild, or exhibiting withdrawn temperament and shyness coupled with an air of cranky, often sullen fey charm. Sounds like opposites, to me.
Made a cake of myself (pg. 177) -- Seems to be a Regency phrase, can't find a definition, but in context I take it as to do something foolish.
"Gammon", said Lady Sylvia. (pg. 99) -- Are they playing backgammon? Is it a pet name? An ejaculation?
reticule (pg. 90) -- a woman's drawstring bag used especially as a carryall. commonplace book (pg,. 11) -- A kind of notebook, to my mind.

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10/2009

The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle

Wroblewski, David
A mute boy raises dogs in his family's kennel. Pretty long, pretty good, up to the ending.

I totally do not understand the paragraph on pages 192-193.

A review on Amazon.com says this is a retelling of Hamlet. Don't know, never read it. It certainly is a tragedy, though!

Words I Had To Look Up::

cold lightning...Only hot lightning makes thunder. (pg. 51) -- Cold lightning has a shorter duration than hot, but I'm not finding anything about the lack of thunder.
Leinenkugel (pg. 175) -- A brand of beer from Wisconsin. I read they introduced Big Eddy Russian Imperial Stout in 2010, sounds impressive!
chiaroscuro figure (pg. 325) -- Several definitions, I'm going with "the quality of being veiled or partly in shadow".
Eight-letter word for 'Formed of fire or light.' Starts with E, ends with L." (pg. 395) -- Turns out to be empyreal.

Quote:

A little hay goes in, huge cowpies come out. How does that happen? -- (pg. 415) You can't explain that!

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9/2011

The Extraordinary Adventures Of Alfred Kroop

Yancy, Rick
Alfred manages to mess things up pretty good for the knights protectors of The Sword. He spends the rest of the book redeeming himself. Pretty good story, some funny parts, the obligatory beheading, and a possible budding romance. I want to see what Alfred makes of himself.

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11/2009

Adam Fortune, Free Man

Yates, Elizabeth
Story of a slave in colonial America. Based on a real person. Newbery Medal awarded in 1951. Good story!

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4/2008

Someday You'll Write

Yates, Elizabeth
The author of Amos Fortune, Free Man, explains the writing process to young budding authors.

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4/2008

Breaking Stalin's Nose

Yelchin, Eugene
Sasha's father is arrested in the Soviet Union.

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10/2012

The Amah

Yep, Lawrence
Widow struggling to raise five children must deal with her prima-donna, as it were, teen daughter who is one of the step-sisters in the ballet Cinderella.

Quote::

"You'll be fine. Just try to stay clam." (pg. 18) -- Ancient Chinese saying? Or typo?

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1/2013

When The Circus Came To Town

Yep, Lawrence
Ursula get smallpox while living in Montana at the stagecoach stop her parents manage. She has to overcome her anxiety about her scars. Nice little book.

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4/2004

Armageddon Summer

Yolen, Jane
A boy and a girl are taken by their families to a religious survivalist camp on a mountain when it is prophesied that the end of the world is coming.

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5/2010

Dragon and Slave

Zahn, Timothy
Jack becomes a slave to find out who betrayed the A'da.

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5/2010

Dragon And Soldier

Zahn, Timothy
Jack joins a mercenary group to get information about who betrayed the K'da,

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5/2010

Dragon And Thief

Zahn, Timothy
Teen jack Morgan is on the lam, meets up with an alien warrior. They team up to right some wrongs. Good stuff.

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5/2010

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3/2016

The green and the gray

Zahn, Timothy
Two groups of "aliens" are facing off in New York City when a Human couple get involved.

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6/2005

The Icarus Hunt

Zahn, Timothy
Jordan McKell is hired to pilot a strange starship to Earth.

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9/2012

Elsewhere

Zevin, Gabrielle
A somewhat pissed-off fifteen-almost-sixteen-year-old Liz wakes up on a very odd cruised ship with no memory of how she got there. A charming, funny, and sometimes sad story of an afterlife. Big weeps, for me, near the end.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Palimpsest (pg. 242)-- Writing material used one or more times after earlier writing has been erased. The text refers to the remains of a wine bottle label. From a Greek/Latin words meaning scraped again, so maybe the author means a more literal sense.

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How long does a dream have to last before it's just life? (pg. 23)

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12/2008
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