J. Anderson Coats

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Tekijän teokset

The Wicked and the Just (2012) 301 kappaletta
Spindle and Dagger (2020) 42 kappaletta
R Is for Rebel (2018) 33 kappaletta
The Green Children of Woolpit (2019) 31 kappaletta
The Night Ride (2021) 16 kappaletta
A Season Most Unfair (2023) 15 kappaletta

Associated Works

Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 110 (July 2019) (2019) — Avustaja — 8 kappaletta
From the Trenches (2006) — Avustaja — 2 kappaletta

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First sentence: I'm only going out to get the fire started, but already the cats have assembled.

Premise/plot: A Season Most Unfair is set in medieval England. (Presumably because one of the settings is Cambridge.) The dates are fuzzy. The day-to-day details are fuzzy. But the main story is solid. Scholastica "Tick" is a young girl/young woman who's grown up helping her father, a chandler (or candlestick maker). But this year he's got an apprentice, Henry, the son of a friend. Henry is now learning the trade and taking over ALL her jobs. Not a single job left behind. Tick knows that she's got all the skills. She knows exactly what to do and how to make the best of the best. But her father--who's going blind--needs an apprentice, a BOY. Tick is VERY, well, ticked. She's not a happy camper. So how will she respond to all the dozens of changes going on in her life????

My thoughts: I didn't love this one. I really liked elements of it. I'm glad that Tick and Henry progressed to friendly. She was SO angry at the situation at the beginning. I loved that even though we see the events unfold through her eyes, her perspective, the characters are fleshed-out. I enjoyed getting to know all the characters better. The context could have been developed more. But I liked this one well enough.
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blbooks | 1 muu arvostelu | Jul 2, 2023 |
J. Anderson Coats is a great and worthy successor to Karen Cushman in the arena of medieval kids books. I loved the details of everyday life and of the traders and the fair. I loved the characters -- both Scholastica's rebellious spirit and Henry's kind and malleable one. I loved how a good portion of the story is about how to navigate relationships that seem to be going sideways. Lots of great story, great characters, great tools for living and introspection. That said, it is unfair. And so much of it is unfair that I found it hard to get through at times. Too realistic? But hopeful in its way.

Advanced Reader's Copy provided by Edelweiss.
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jennybeast | 1 muu arvostelu | Apr 13, 2023 |
I really enjoyed the second half of this book, once the main character, Janey, and her family reached Seattle. As someone who grew up in the Northwest and now lives near Seattle, I enjoyed the glimpse of Seattle of the past. Janey's character arc throughout the book was good, and the emotional arc of the story was compelling.

What bumps me down to 3 stars though is that the first half of the book, covering the family's voyage to Seattle, was interesting but too long. I feel like if it had been closer to a third of the total, the book would have been stronger overall.

Still, given that it's historical children's fiction about the area I live in, I'll save it for my daughter's collection. The unique angle makes up for the limitations.
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eri_kars | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 10, 2022 |
J. Anderson Coats is a really great writer -- her storytelling just flows onto the page. This is a great book for fantasy-focused young readers who have the deep love of horses in their hearts. Even if they don't, it has a fast-paced adventure in an interesting world.

The only criticisms I have -- the world is a bit simplistic -- there's inside the city kingdom, where the horse-mad live, and there's the greenwood full of bandits. While that does get fleshed out and explored to a degree, it very much feels like a kids point of view, where the larger contexts of the rest of the world aren't relevant or visible -- it works for this story, but only if you don't push too hard on the walls. Sonnia is almost painfully naive in parts, but I think that works really well for the story also. Finally, it left me with a burning question: why are the horses in this kingdom so much more important than the people? I don't think that depiction is unrealistic at all, but I love that Coats leaves us to answer that troubling question ourselves.

Really enjoyed it!

Advanced readers copy provided by Edelweiss.
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jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |


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