Tuesday, August 24, 2010

book talk tuesday

BLOW OUT THE MOON by Libby Koponen

IndieBound Description: Peppered with black-and-white photographs, illustrations, personal letters and documents from the author's own youth, this humorous and touching coming-of-age story follows a young American girl as she attends an English boarding school in the 1950s.

My Thoughts: This book is so delightful! What I like most about this is that it has a true, authentic child voice. It feels so real, which is what I liked about books when I was a kid and what I think kids still like to this day. This book was an inspiration for me while writing The Year of the Dog. There is a paperback version of this book (cover on the right) that is probably a little more recognizable, but I don't feel it captures the mood of the book. While it's not a bad cover, the book is really a nostalgic, fun, warm story-- the paperback cover kind of gives me a strange sense of foreboding!

1 comment:

Libby Koponen said...

Grace! I don't know how I missed this, but I did -- I am seeing it for the first time right now. Thank you for writing it: that was sweet. And I agree with what you say about children liking books that seem real, with authentic child voices. That's one of the things I love about the YEAR OF books--some of the others are the MOTHER'S stories (I can't count how many times I've told those to other people when describing the book) and the humor.