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Monday, August 16, 2010

Innocents Abroad

Five months ago, I took temporary leave from my youth librarian position to be a nanny in eastern Europe. Navigating the Russian version of Blogger is tricky, but I've managed.

What hasn't been so easy is living without new releases. While I still
hear about outstanding children and young adult novels from enthusiastic readers, I can only drool until September, when I fly home. Those of you in America at this very moment, however... a trip to the library might be in order.

A contemporary retelling of
Jane Eyre, the hugely anticipated Hunger Games wrap, a Newbery sequel, a Newbery buzz book, historical, steam-punk, fantasy, drama, authors new and old and much beloved. I give you:

3 comments:

Ane Mulligan said...

It's so good to "hear" your voice again, Noel! And I love the photo. so much better than the old one we had. ;) Can't wait till you get home and can tell us all about your experiences. Better yet, put them in a book!

Sally Bradley said...

I love Jane Eyre and loved Jillian Dare, a modern remake of JE which came out a year or so ago. Is Jane the one in this list that's a retelling of JE?

Noël De Vries said...

Ane--yes, there probably IS enough to fill a book... of course, the names would have to be changed :)

Sally--The plot of Jane as follows:

Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance.

But there's a mystery at Thornfield, and Jane's much-envied relationship with Nico is soon tested by an agonizing secret from his past. Torn between her feelings for Nico and his fateful secret, Jane must decide: Does being true to herself mean giving up on true love?