Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tuesday Book Reviews

Sorry I haven't posted reviews for a while, but that means you get two today

Raccoons and Rabbit Holes

Raccoons and Rabbit Holes by Loralee Evans

Four stars. Charming fantasy story for 8-12-year-olds with a history lesson thrown in. Julie and her new friends Jax and Ani explore a supposedly haunted house and a raccoon leads them through a hollow tree and a tunnel to the past, There, the black brother and sister meet Harriet Tubman as she leads a young couple and their child to the underground railroad. Miss Tubman comes to believe Jax when he claims to come from another time. There’s mild suspense. The only indication of the plight of slaves during that time are the fact the couple is fleeing a plantation, the workers in the cotton fields, and the attitudes of the people in the house where Julie is brought.

Binti (Binti, #1)

Binti by Nnedi Okarofor

Five star first book in a trilogy is a novella about the first girl of the Himba tribe in the African desert who’s invited to study at Oomza University in another part of the galaxy because of her mathematical ability. She never went far from her village before but is a master harmonizer and astrolabe designer. As Binti travels with other new students, their ship (which is a living being) is attacked by the Meduse who kill everyone but Binti and the pilot. The Otjize mud she uses on her hair and skin to make her feel closer to home proves useful in repairing the Meduse tentacles. Eventually she communicates with them through an artifact she found in the desert. I’d heard about this series for a while, but was at a convention selling my own books when I learned Okarofor was speaking and signing her books. I bought a copy and she autographed it in her own way. 

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