Image Before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864-1939 (Lucjan Dobroszycki & Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett)
The Slightly True Story of Cedar B. Hartley (who planned to live an unusual life) (Martine Murray)
CHILDREN’S SECTION TOUR: BOOK 20
I originally picked this book off the shelf for it’s title - it immediately seemed like it would have a strong and interesting female main character, and I was right. Set in Australia, since Cedar’s older brother left, she’s lived alone with her Mom. Her puddle of friends gets larger as she meets others who - like herself, are a little bit different. Cedar falls in love for the first time, learns acrobatics, and puts on a circus, all narrated through her wonderful and original voice. A really lovely portrayal of kids’ street and play culture in Australia, and a special group of friends. This was a good read, with really nice spot illustrations.
The Secret of the Ruby Ring (Yvonne MacGrory)
CHILDREN’S SECTION TOUR: BOOK 19
I don’t see very many Irish books, but this is a good one. Lucy is a “rather spoiled almost-eleven-year-old”, who finds herself suddenly a young servant in an 1885 aristocratic household. She’s lost the special ruby ring that transported her back in time, and must find it again in order to make a second wish and get home. Lucy lands in a period of great historical significance in Irish history, and the author is able to skillfully portray the society, the tensions between the British aristocrats and the poor Irish, and how different segments of society lived - all without coming off as “educational”. The story was well-written and fast-paced, and I always like a good “travel back in time” book.
Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism (Alison Piepmeier)
Make a Zine!: When Words and Graphics Collide (Bill Brent, Joe Biel)
Whatcha Mean, What’s a Zine?: The Art of Making Zines and Mini-Comics (Mark Todd & Esther Pearl Watson)
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis (Timothy Egan)