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Hoot – Carl Hiaasen

Roy heard a short high-pitched coo-coo. Then, from across the lot came another…
“Wow,” Roy said, under his breath.
There, standing by the hole and peering curiously at one of the meatballs, was the smallest owl he had ever seen…
“Okay – now do you get it?”
“Yeah,” said Roy. “I get it”” (page 124) Continue reading “Hoot – Carl Hiaasen”

The Housekeeper and The Professor– Yōko Ogawa – translated from Japanese by Stephen Snyder

Every morning, during the entire time I worked for the Professor, we repeated this numerical q and a at the front door. To the Professor, whose memory lasted only eighty minutes, I was always a new housekeeper he was meeting for the first time, and so every morning he was appropriately shy and reserved. He would ask my shoe size or telephone number, or perhaps my zip code, the registration number on my bicycle, or the number of brushstrokes in the characters of my name; and whatever the number, he invariably found some significance in it. Talk of factorials and prime flowed effortlessly, seeming completely natural, never forced.” (Page 7) Continue reading “The Housekeeper and The Professor– Yōko Ogawa – translated from Japanese by Stephen Snyder”

A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle

Well, then, someone just tell me how we got here!” Calvin’s voice was still angry and his freckles seemed to stand out on his face. “Even traveling at the speed of light it would take us years and years to get here.”
“Oh, we don’t travel at the speed of anything,” Mrs. Whatsit explained earnestly. “We tesser . Or you might say, we wrinkle.” (page 42-43) Continue reading “A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle”

I am Princess X – Cherie Priest – Illustrated by Kail Ciesemier

“We could call her … Princess X.”
“Why X?” Libby asked.
“Because X is the most mysterious letter,” May told her. “And things with X’s in them are pretty cool.”” (pages 3–4) Continue reading “I am Princess X – Cherie Priest – Illustrated by Kail Ciesemier”