Library Loot (March 14 2014)

badge-4Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library

So wandering around the children’s section with the kids, I came across some books I’ve been meaning to read. I guess this week’s loot is full of kidlit, both for myself and the kids 😛

Meanwhile the baby has decided that at ten months, 45-minute naps are in now. So long to that 1.5-2 hour stretch in the afternoon when I could clean up, cook dinner and settle down for a little reading and blogging. Instead this blogpost has been written in four sessions. Twice on the computer. Once on the phone while pushing him on the tricycle up and down the hall (he loves loves the tricycle. And once stared for what is probably ages in baby-time at a picture book with a bicycle on the cover going “mmmm”). And then again on the phone just after the kids went to bed.

A Stitch in Time – Penelope Lively

Buried in Print’s post on kid lit made me want to reread this. I think I used to own a copy, and maybe I still do, back in Singapore.


A quiet lonely child spending her holidays by the sea is changed by an inexplicable link with people and events of one hundred years ago and also by the very real and lively family next door.

Running out of time – Margaret Peterson Haddix

This was in Great Books for Boys. And apparently has ‘similarities’ with the film The Village

Jessie lives with her family in the frontier village of Clifton, Indiana. When diphtheria strikes the village and the children of Clifton start dying, Jessie’s mother sends her on a dangerous mission to bring back help. But beyond the walls of Clifton, Jessie discovers a world even more alien and threatening than she could have imagined, and soon she finds her own life in jeopardy. Can she get help before the children of Clifton, and Jessie herself, run out of time?

Lyra’s Oxford – Philip Pullman

I’m a big fan of Pullman but have to read anything other than his trilogy.


Lyra’s Oxford begins with Lyra and Pantalaimon spotting a witch’s daemon. Lyra shelters the daemon from the pursuit of a frenzied pack of birds, and then attempts to help by guiding the daemon to the home of an alchemist living in a part of Oxford known as Jericho. The journey through Oxford reveals more dangers than Lyra had anticipated.

Homecoming – Cynthia Voight

We were taking a tour of a friend’s new apartment in Singapore, and in her study, among her many many books was this series. One of my other friends said, hey, Cynthia Voight! I loved her books. And I was, what? Who’s that?

So I had to amend that.


That’s the first thing James Tillerman says to his sister Dicey every morning. It’s still true that their mother has abandoned the four Tillerman children somewhere in the middle of Connecticut. It’s still true they have to find their way, somehow, to Great-aunt Cilla’s house in Bridgeport, which may be their only hope of staying together as a family.

But when they get to Bridgeport, they learn that Great-aunt Cilla has died, and the home they find with her daughter, Eunice, isn’t the permanent haven they’ve been searching for. So their journey continues to its unexpected conclusion — and some surprising discoveries about their history, and their future.

Meanwhile – Jason Shiga
I really liked Empire State and was really intrigued by all the tabs in this graphic novel. Fun!

Chocolate or Vanilla? This simple choice is all it takes to get started with Meanwhile, the wildly inventive creation of comics mastermind Jason Shiga, of whom Scott McCloud said “Crazy + Genius = Shiga.” Jimmy, whose every move is under your control, finds himself in a mad scientist’s lab, where he’s given a choice between three amazing objects: a mind-reading device, a time-travel machine, or the Killitron 3000 (which is as ominous as it sounds). Down each of these paths there are puzzles, mysterious clues, and shocking revelations. It’s up to the reader to lead Jimmy to success or disaster.

Meanwhile is a wholly original story of invention, discovery, and saving the world, told through a system of tabs that take you forward, backward, upside down, and right side up again. Each read creates a new adventure!

Woman rebel: the Margaret Sanger story – Peter Bagge

This finally came in, after waiting for a month!


Peter Bagge’s Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story is a dazzling and accessible biography of the social and political maverick, jam-packed with fact and fun. In his signature cartoony, rubbery style, Bagge presents the life of the birth-control activist, educator, nurse, mother, and protofeminist from her birth in the late nineteenth century to her death after the invention of the birth control pill. Balancing humor and respect, Bagge makes Sanger whole and human, showing how her flaws fueled her fiery activism just as much as her compassionate nature did. Sanger’s life takes on a whole new vivacity as Bagge creates a fast-paced portrait of a trailblazer whose legacy as the founder of Planned Parenthood is still incredibly relevant, important, and inspiring

The kids had a whole lot of loot. Way too many to type out and add pictures of. So these are just some of them.

Have a good reading weekend!



  1. Yay for Homecoming! I read it as a teen and loved it. I still have my copy. I can’t wait to read your thoughts on Meanwhile. I thought it was too confusing but my kids enjoyed it. Happy reading!


  2. I love Cynthia Voigt. Even when her books aren’t completely successful they work in interesting ways. My favorite is the sequel to Homecoming — Dicey’s Song. I also like Penelope Lively, so good work!

    Don’t despair about losing the nap — in a few months the baby will be old enough to start playing with the kids!


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