The Midnight Watch - David Dyer - a book published in 2016. A pacy, well written story of the Titanic written from the alternate viewpoints of an investigative journalist and the crew of the Californian, the ship that saw the Titanic's distress signals but did nothing. Loved it. 5 stars.
Friday Brown - Vikki Wakefield - met the author. A wonderfully powerful YA novel. Great characters & very good writing. Gripping and gritty. A retelling of Oliver Twist. Good for HSC: Discovery; Representing People and Places; Transitions. 4.5 stars
Wabi Sabi - Mark Reibstein - a picture book of poetry. Wabi Sabi, a Kyoto cat, has never thought about the meaning of her name until visitors make the enquiry. This leads Wabi Sabi on a journey of understanding. A delicate treasure of Zen storytelling, beautifully illustrated with collages and peppered with haiku. I borrowed this from the library but love it so much I think I'll buy a copy for myself. 5 stars.
The Housekeeper and the Professor - Yoko Ogawa - a book translated to English. A very gentle read about the relationship between a mathematics professor with an 80 minute memory, his housekeeper and her 10-year-old son. 4 stars.
LaRose - Louise Erdrich - first book I saw in a bookstore The story opens with Landreux Iron's accidental shooting of his neighbour's five year old son. Calling on the customs of their American Indian traditions, he and his wife give their own son, LaRose, to their grief stricken neighbours. The boy becomes a linchpin between the two families. A poignant story of healing that manages to avoid hokey. 5 stars.