Thursday, September 20, 2007

Could I Pick a Favorite?

As I stated in my first posting I thought the 2007 list of nominees for the Snow Willow Awards was great! If I were voting, could I pick a winner? I think my favorite character and setting would be Wild Orchid by Beverly Brenna. I could really see the world through Taylor's eyes and the beautiful setting of Waskesiu made me feel like I was there. Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt was a great romance with a different twist and I Am a Taxi by Deborah Ellis drew me into Diego's world in Bolivia. If you read my Science Fiction/Fantasy blog you'll know that I enjoyed both Skybreaker and The Aquanauts. Despite Bernice's pent-up anger, I liked Out of Focus and how it dealt with alcoholism. Megiddo's Shadow was also a treat. Most of the literature I've read about war has dealt with World War II, and I found it refreshing to read of Edward's experience in World War I particularly his posting in Palestine. However, I think I would have to choose After as my favorite simply because I can relate personally to much of what Francis went through. I don't think this book will be the students' favorite but it will be very interesting to see which book does win out in the spring simply because the nominees were so good!

4 comments:

Bookworm said...

I am realy glad you found positive in all the Snow Willows for 2007. It is tough to narrow the list to 10. I will also be eager to see which book wins.

Donna said...

A friend of mine has raved about Wild Orchid for months. I snagged a copy from a school library I was in this morning and I am looking forward to curling up in my big green leather chair after my University class tomorrow.

lakertl said...

Diane, you didn't mention Shattered. I am curious what you thought of it. I liked it for bringing attention to ongoing genocide in our world.

bookmarks said...

I liked it for that very fact as well and I think it would be a great vehicle for bringing genocide to students'attention. To me it just seems more of a teaching tool rather than a book a student would pick up out of interest. (at least the students I work with).