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A "Height in Books" Update

I've been rather lax about posting these, so I've got about a dozen books to add.

Anyway, I'm more than a quarter of the way there.

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42 cm / 151 cm

Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace. A reread. I belong to a book group that spun out of a Betsy-Tacy fan club and we alternate Betsy-Tacy books with other similar kids books. Having gone through the books several times, this go round we're pairing them with another similar title to compare and contrast. Not my favorite of the series, as there's no Tib, and I really like the high school ones best, but it stands up to multiple rereads.

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Another reread. This was the book that was paired with Betsy-Tacy. I never liked these as much and again I like the later volumes in the series better.

To Dance by Siena Cherson Siegel. I was cataloging this and ended up reading it through. A memoir of the authors experiences as a dancer told in graphic novel format. I've read better ballet books.

Kristy's Great Idea by Ann M. Martin. The new graphic novel version, which I got as a freebee at NY Comiccon a few weeks ago. It did a very good job of adapting the original story, and I tend to be a big fan of the Baby-Sitters Club, even though the first volumes came out when I was in college, but I found some of the graphical representations of the Baby-Sitters jarring, especially Claudia who does not look like that in my head. Probably better for someone who didn't read the original 131 books and the spinoffs.

The Outdoor Girls in a Motor Car and The Outdoor Girls at Hostess House by Laura Lee Hope. Yes, the Bobbsey Twins' Laura Lee Hope, who didn't exist but was a part of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. There were twenty-three volumes in this series about teen girls before and after World War I. In the first, one of the girls buys and learns how to drive a motor car, and the girls go off and have adventures and solve a minor mystery about a haunted house. In the second, set during the war, the girls are preparing to see their boyfriends off to the front lines and solving a minor missing persons mystery. No bad, and I always like the descriptions of "up-to-date" motoring.

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson. Historical fiction about a sixteen year old girl who moves out west to prove her uncle's claim after he dies. She becomes friends with a German farmer and gets caught up in local conflicts about loyalty during World War I. I found her more naive than was necessary, especially after some of the events in the book. She was also more naive than the Outdoor Girls, which didn't help. A Newbery Honor book, and otherwise very good and worthy of the distinction.

Seven Deadly Sins edited by David Bailey. One of the Big Finish Doctor Who anthologies. Having discovered that I can get these through my distributor for the library, I ordered a bunch. This wasn't as good as some of the others, but it did have a rather good Sarah, Harry, Romana, Fourth Doctor story (which was weakened by the lack of ending), and a strange but engaging connecting narrative.

Adventures from the Technology Underground by William Gurstelle. All sorts of weird and wonderful borderline illegal technological hobbies. A little dry, and I think it's headed to the library's shelves, as I've got some teens who will appreciate it more than I did.

Amorality Tale by David Bishop. A Three and Sarah Doctor Who novel set in 1950's London. Sarah at her nosy, proactive best, and a good story but nowhere near as cracktastic as Island of Death

The Cylon's Secret by Craig Shaw Gardiner. Another freebee from Comiccon. A prequel to the new Battlestar Galactica series. Pedestrian writing and a not very interesting plot. This reminded me why I stopped reading tie-in novels. I do want to pick up the Laura Roslin one in this series, which is written by Peter David, and might actually be decent.

Seeing Emily by Joyce Lee Wong. An advanced readers copy, that I've had for at least a year. Written in verse, and while the language was lovely, the story wasn't very engaging and I got bored with Emily before the end of the book despite the fact that the poetry meant it was short.
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