September 23, 2012 |
The Peculiar A Novel Stefan Bachmann Greenwillow Books: 384 pp., $16.99, ages 9 and up The average 16-year-old who writes usually does so for school, bringing the same level of rigor and enthusiasm to the endeavor as he would to cleaning a public toilet. Not Stefan Bachmann, a teenager who makes his authorial debut with a middle-grade novel so polished and fun to read that one would never suspect he was in high school when he began to write it. "The Peculiar" is the title of Bachmann's steampunk fairy tale set in an alternate Victorian-era London - a book that, at times, recalls Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment," Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" and more recent classics, such as J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" and Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 1994 |
Mayor Richard Riordan and a Clinton Administration representative announced Monday the release of $2.8 million in federal grants for local volunteer organizations to provide services and assistance to victims of the Northridge quake. The grants will be distributed to 13 volunteer organizations to provide quake cleanup in low-income neighborhoods and parks, tutoring for students whose schools were closed and day-care services, among other programs.
February 21, 2010
Fiction Weeks on list 1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives of a maid, a cook and a college graduate become intertwined as they change a Mississippi town. 37 2. First Rule by Robert Crais (Putnam: $26.95) Joe Pike's past catches up with him when an old friend's entire family is killed. 5 3. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson (Knopf: $25.95) A hacker implicated in two murders must revisit her past to prove her innocence.