The Long Way Home: Review Haiku

Dana leaves behind
her hard-luck Mainer life for
bright lights, big city.

The Long Way Home (Family Tree #2) by Ann M. Martin. Scholastic, 2013, 240 pages.


Dogs of War: Review Haiku

Three wars, three dogs, lots
of heroism. (Don't worry:
none of them dies.)

Dogs of War by Sheila Keenan, illustrated by Nathan Fox. Graphix, 2013, 208 pages.


Fortunately the Milk: Review Haiku

You'll wish your dad were
the raconteur this guy is.
Gaiman the softie.

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young. Harper, 2013, 128 pages.


Takedown Twenty: Review Haiku

Nothing really
happened in this one, right?
The giraffe was a nice touch.

Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich. Bantam, 2013, 320 pages.


The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon: Review Haiku

You know you want to
see Phuti Radiphuti's aunt
get the smack down.

The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith. Pantheon, 2013, 256 pages.


Sister Mother Husband Dog: Review Haiku

Painfully honest
memoir of growing up
with creative people.

Sister Mother Husband Dog (etc.) by Delia Ephron. Blue Rider Press, 2013, 272 pages.


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Game of Thrones: Review Haiku

If you, like I, don't
have HBO and don't watch,
hit the high points here.

Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel Volume I and Volume II by George R.R. Martin; adapted and illustrated by Daniel Abraham and Tommy Patterson. Bantam, 2012 & 2013, 240 pages.


The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters: Review Haiku

Percy J. goes graphic:
just right for kids who like
action more than words.

The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan; adapted, illustrated, and colored by Jose Villarrubia, Robert Venditti, and Attila Futaki. Hyperion, 2010 & 2013, 128 pages.


Hard Luck: Review Haiku

Will Greg ever learn
how to be a thoughtful friend?
Outlook is hazy.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney. Amulet, 2013, 224 pages.


And Then There Were Nuns: Review Haiku

Twice-divorced seeker
looks for solace and purpose
among the habits.

And Then There Were Nuns: Adventures in a Cloistered Life by Jane Christmas. Greystone Books, 2013, 304 pages.


Rose Under Fire: Review Haiku

Heart-stopping, heart-wringing
reminder of war horror.
Never again.

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. Hyperion, 2013, 360 pages.