Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Trouble at Sugar Dip Well

Author: Esther Pearl Watson

First line: Out in the brown and dusty West lived a cowgirl names Jules, who was genuine like leather, strong like licorice.

Why you should read this book: A joyful take on the spaghetti Western, this book lets girls get in on the fun, with a heroine who's smart, strong, and generous, and a horse who can "sing, dance, cook, make a mean cup of coffee, multiply, divide, and speak three languages." Written in the cadence of the old West and drawing on every oater cliche imaginable, this story will enthrall both children and adults with its regional tale of good versus evil. Riding, roping, secret passages, exploding dynamite, and fresh lemonade fill a really well-written, entertaining story.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You can't abide the bullying of buffaloes.

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