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I'm an elementary librarian in need of justifying the amount of books I reads aimed at eleven year-olds by organizing them on a nifty website.

Currently reading

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency
Daniel Pinkwater, Jill Pinkwater
Dinosaur Trouble
Dick King-Smith, Nick Bruel
Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters
Rachel Vail, Matthew Cordell
The Coming of the Dragon
Rebecca Barnhouse
The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm
Patricia MacLachlan
Les Miserables: Complete and Unabridged

The Magician's Elephant

The Magician's Elephant - Yoko Tanaka, Kate DiCamillo I keep going back and forth, around and around, what can I possibly think about this book. At first it didn't do much for me. Oh yes, I was in love with DiCamillo's dizzy use of language. I was engulfed in the thick atmosphere that crawled off the page and swirled about my reading chair. But did I connect with the characters? Was I breathless to see where the plot led? I can’t say that those elements were there, at least not at first. As more and more characters showed up, carting their back-stories into the picture, paradoxically tightening the elements of the story with their clutter, I became more attached, more invested. By the end I was enraptured. My reservation is the ability for the average young reader to connect with this book. Unlike Edward or Despereaux, or Wynn-Dixie there is no strong identifiable protagonist to cling to.