Jean Craighead George has passed away at the age of 92 - God BLESS you, Ms. George. May your paradise be ever Green and lush with wildlife. My absolute favorite Jean Craighead George book, well, it's a tie between The Talking Earth and The Missing Gator of Gumbo Limbo.
What is YOUR favorite book by Ms. George?
Another one down. Maurice Sendak. Jean Craighead George. Diana Wynne Jones. Russell Hoban. Eva Ibbotson. Sid Fleischman. In the past two years, the children's book world has seen the passing of many iconic authors.
So, how to cheer myself up? Weeelllll, I just finished Ripper by Stefan Petrucha.
Creepy, scary, suspenseful! The orphan, Carver Young, is "adopted" by a lame Pinkerton agent just as a series of gruesome murders hits New York City. The year is 1895 and the memory of Saucy Jack is fresh in everyone's minds. Carver is caught up in the race to find the killer. The story is gripping and full of twists and period details. I am a sucker for good period details. And I love authors who take the time to let their readers know what is accurate in the book and what is not. Petrucha's notes at the end of the book make the books so much better. The book is not for the squeamish, although the descriptions of the murder victims are sketchy. Still. Blood and all that.