Autumn Reading 9/28/2012

We’ve had several mornings of frost now, and Barrow has already had snow! It’s a great time to curl up with a good book. I went on a  young adult historical fiction jag recently and read three of them back to back: A Golden Web by Barbara Quick, Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson, and Daughter of Venice by Donna Jo Napoli.

Quick blurbs from the authors’ websites:

A Golden Web: “What does a girl do when she finds the love of her life while disguised as a boy—when divulging her secret could cause her to be burned at the stake as a witch?”

Hattie Big Sky: “Under the big sky, Hattie braves hard weather, hard times, a cantankerous cow, and her own hopeless hand at the cookstove on her quest to discover the true meaning of home.”

Daughter of Venice: “From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL: …Even when acting rebelliously, [the main character’s] actions and thoughts feel authentic to the time and world… engrossing and exotic…”

Barbara Quick taught me a lot about the medical profession in old Italy in an entertaining way. Kirby Larson made me fall in love with Hattie, and eastern Montana. And Donna Jo Napoli really brought her characters and Renaissance Venice to life. (You may recall I read Hush by Donna Jo and loved that too.) How cool is it to have such great books and authors out there?! I feel inspired to add my own two cents to the conversation, and hope to publish when my books are ready for primetime.

Next month we’ll have Alaska Book Week, and I’ll be highlighting some books by Alaskan authors. Should be fun! 🙂

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I love to share my passion for Alaska and its history in my writing for young adults and their grown ups.


  • Caryn Caldwell

    Ooh! I haven’t read any of these, but they all look good – especially Hattie Big Sky, which has been recommended to me several times but which I still haven’t read. Thanks for the recommendations!

    And I agree – isn’t it wonderful that there are so many amazing books out there? I think it’s such a great time to be a reader – AND a writer!

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