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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Kid Super-Sleuths

For those of us who grew up reading Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys, those young detectives could entertain us for hours.  A few weeks back The Huffington Post  shared its list of the best kid sleuths ("15 Greatest Kid Detectives," Sept. 4, 2013). While popular P.I.s such as Nate the Great and Encyclopedia Brown made the cut, here are a few lesser-known super-sleuths.

Precious Ramotswe in The Great Cake Mystery by Alexander McCall Smith

Petra and Calder in Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
Turtle Wexler in The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Sophie, Rebecca and Margaret in The Red Blazer Girls by Michael D. Beil
Reynie Muldoon in The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Best 9/11 Fiction

Writing in today’s Daily Beast, Jimmy So reviews 9/11 fiction over the past dozen years ("Reading the Best 9/11 Fiction," Sept. 11, 2013) and recommends those novels he feels deals with 9/11 in “significant if oblique ways.” Here are some of his selections:

Netherland by Joseph O’Neill
Saturday by Ian McEwan
The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

The Submission by Amy Waldman