THE GRAVEYARD BOOK

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK BY NEIL GAIMAN   PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is just a normal boy—except he lives in a graveyard, is being raised by ghosts, has a guardian who is neither dead nor alive, befriends a witch, and is being hunted by the man Jack who has already killed … Read more

BOOKS RE-PURPOSED

THE REPURPOSED LIBRARY: 33 CRAFT PROJECTS THAT GIVE OLD BOOKS NEW LIFE BY LISA OCCHIPINTI   PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: The Re-Purposed Library is a great book about using and recycling old books in creatively useful ways. I recently made the book page wreath and absolutely love how it turned out! It is a bit … Read more

THE INHERITANCE CYCLE

  THE INHERITANCE CYCLE BY CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI ERAGON, ELDEST, BRISINGR, INHERITANCE       PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: It was worth the wait! Inheritance is a great final installment of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle; readers will be pleased with how Paolini concludes Eragon and Saphira’s momentous journey! Paolini has not only developed a great group of … Read more

OUT OF CAROLINA

BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA BY DOROTHY ALLISON PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Don’t be turned off or mislead by the title. Dorothy Allison’s work is reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s Bluest Eye or Cristine Garcia’s Dreaming in Cuban and creates a poignant look at broken family life, sexual abuse, female gender roles and mother-daughter relationships. It is … Read more

ON GRAPHIC NOVELS…

  PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Reading a graphic novel is a unique experience. It is not simply a picture book nor a novel of prose but a collaboration of the two arts, which together can create an intriguing and genuine, gut wrenching, realistic portrayal of the human experience. Persepolis, Fun Home, Maus, and Incognegro are among numerous examples … Read more

THE UMBRELLA

THE UMBRELLA BY INGRID & DEITER SCHUBERT    PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Ingrid and Dieter Schubert’s work is just beautiful! Among a long list of fantastic award winning picture books, The Umbrella reveals their stunning artistry and vivid, imaginative storytelling. This wordless picture book is a beautiful addition to anyone’s collection! It will leave you ready for your own … Read more

TROUBLING A STAR

THE AUSTIN FAMILY CHRONICLES BY MADELEINE L’ENGLE PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: Troubling a Star is a fantastic tale of adventure for leading lady Vicky Austen who has received a ticket from a friend’s great aunt for a trip to Antarctica! That’s right, Antarctica, where marine biologist Adam Eddington, Vicky’s friend with the endearing great aunt, is … Read more

CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES

THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES BY TIM SLOVER       PURPLE TREE BOOKS REVIEW: The Christmas Chronicles is a fantastic addition to anyone’s Christmas story collection!!! It is a beautiful telling of the Santa Claus tale. If you think you’ve heard every rendition of the Santa Claus tale…don’t miss out because this one is fantastic and … Read more