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Book Title: The Blue Girl (Newford, #15)|
The author of the book: Charles de Lint
ISBN 13: 9780670059249
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Reader ratings: 3.7
Edition: Viking Juvenile
Date of issue: October 4th 2004
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I read (and adored) this book years and years ago, and just now realised it's by Charles de Lint, set in the very same world I fell in love with a few weeks ago thanks to his beautiful Dreams Underfoot.
The adoration hasn't faded with time, or with re-reading (as so often happens with childhood favourites) and this book is making it's way to my "all-time favourites" list. Now - here comes the love letter (my apologies, I can't help but wax a little lyrical with books like this!)
The characters are wonderful and likeable, transcending cliché. Yes, there's the Geek, the Outcasts, the Mean Girl, the Meathead boy, the Difficult Mum, but it feels always as though the author is poking fun at the stereotypes. Imogene actually talks to her mother (shock horror) who seems supportive if a little flaky. (view spoiler)[The Difficult Mum (Maxine's) actually turns out to be better than first thought and is actually a fully formed character - we get glimpses of the issues that make her so strict in the first place. The Geek isn't all that likeable - without meaning to sound too harsh, we kind of see why he in particular was so picked on. Doesn't make it right at all, just a little more understandable. The Mean girl has depth but doesn't suddenley change and become nice, again, it just becomes clearer as to why she is so awful. And etc etc etc. (hide spoiler)] The romances happen naturally, without drama or buildup, or even being at the forefront of the plot! (A non-romance centred plot? In YA writing? What is this?!) In fact, nothing feels formulaic in the plot, which is a refreshing change (view spoiler)[from almost every other YA book out there. (hide spoiler)].
To finish: I love the inclusion of familiar characters (Christy Riddell, mentions of Jilly and Sophie etc) but when I first read this I had no knowledge of Newford, or even that this was part of a sort-of-series, and that lack of knowledge did not impact my reading at all. The climatic face-off with the anamithim is wonderfully irreverent (actually, most of this book is) and the writing is lovely to read.
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Read information about the authorCharles de Lint is the much beloved author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children's books. Renowned as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, and White Pine awards, among others. Modern Library's Top 100 Books of the 20th Century poll, conducted by Random House and voted on by readers, put eight of de Lint's books among the top 100.
De Lint is a poet, folklorist, artist, songwriter and performer. He has written critical essays, music reviews, opinion columns and entries to encyclopedias, and he's been the main book reviewer for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction since 1987. De Lint served as Writer-in-residence for two public libraries in Ottawa and has taught creative writing workshops for adults and children in Canada and the United States. He's been a judge for several prominent awards, including the Nebula, World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon and Bram Stoker.
Born in the Netherlands in 1951, de Lint immigrated to Canada with his family as an infant. The family moved often during de Lint's childhood because of his father's job with an international surveying company, but by the time Charles was twelve—having lived in Western Canada, Turkey and Lebanon—they had settled in Lucerne, Quebec, not far from where he now resides in Ottawa, Ontario.
In 1980, de Lint married the love of his life, MaryAnn Harris, who works closely with him as his first editor, business manager and creative partner. They share their love and home with a cheery little dog named Johnny Cash.
Charles de Lint is best described as a romantic: a believer in compassion, hope and human potential. His skilled portrayal of character and settings has earned him a loyal readership and glowing praise from peers, reviewers and readers.
Charles de Lint writes like a magician. He draws out the strange inside our own world, weaving stories that feel more real than we are when we read them. He is, simply put, the best.
—Holly Black (bestselling author)
Charles de Lint is the modern master of urban fantasy. Folktale, myth, fairy tale, dreams, urban legend—all of it adds up to pure magic in de Lint's vivid, original world. No one does it better.
—Alice Hoffman (bestselling author)
To read de Lint is to fall under the spell of a master storyteller, to be reminded of the greatness of life, of the beauty and majesty lurking in shadows and empty doorways.
—Quill & Quire
His Newford books, which make up most of de Lint's body of work between 1993 and 2009, confirmed his reputation for bringing a vivid setting and repertory cast of characters to life on the page. Though not a consecutive series, the twenty-five standalone books set in (or connected to) Newford give readers a feeling of visiting a favourite city and seeing old friends.
More recently, his young adult Wildlings trilogy—Under My Skin, Over My Head, and Out of This World—came out from Penguin Canada and Triskell Press in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Under My Skin won 2013 Aurora Award. A novel for middle-grade readers, The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, published by Little Brown in 2013, won the Sunburst Award, earned starred reviews in both Publishers Weekly and Quill & Quire, and was chosen by the New York Times Editors as one of the top six children's books for 2013. His most recent adult novel, The Mystery of Grace (2009), is a fascinating ghost story about love, passion and faith. It was a finalist for both the Sunburst and Evergreen awards.
De Lint is presently writing a new adult novel. His storytelling skills also shine in his original songs. He and MaryAnn (also a musician) recently released companion CDs of their original songs, samples of which can be heard on de Lin
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