Blood’s Haven, Maryland, post-Civil War. The oyster trade makes for booming business, and watermen all across Chesapeake Bay are keen on cashing in on this lucrative business. Regulations have been drawn with regards to oyster harvests, but oyster pirates, a small but vicious group led by the nefarious Treacher Fink, have not only been harvesting oysters without a license; they’ve also been using destructive oyster dredges that would render the bay barren within a few years.
To curtail the pirates’ activity, the governor and town mayor establish an Oyster Army (with Commander Davidson Bulloch and his motley crew aboard the Layla) to deal with the pirates once and for all.
From the time the Cybils finalists were announced, I was immediately drawn to Ben Towles’ “Oyster War” because of its cover art – it seemed to promise a great maritime adventure, and I must say it did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novel.
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Tagged action adventure, adventure, Ben Towle, Chesapeake Bay, Cybils, Cybils2015, Davy Jones, fantasy, folklore, graphic novels, myths and legends, Oyster War, Pirates
Now that the Cybils results are out, I can finally post reviews of my Cybils reads! As you may have read earlier, my bookish year started off with round 2 judging of the Cybils (the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards), where I was in the panel for Graphic Novels.
It’s not easy finding the finalist titles here in Manila (I think only three are available in local bookstores, this being one of them) but luckily some publishers have transmitted evaluation copies electronically and there were some books dispatched in the mail so that made it easier for me.
Anyway, as I’m writing a whole bunch of reviews, let me start off with Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang (recently named by the US Library of Congress as a National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature) and Mike Holmes.
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Tagged Binary code, computer science, computers, Cybils, Cybils 2015, Eni, First Second Books, Gene Luen Yang, graphic novels, graphic novels for kids, Hopper, LIttle Guy, logo, logo programming, Mike Holmes, programming, programming language, Secret Coders, Stately Academy
Just wanted to leave a note that all is well — thank you for all the emails! I have spent the last few weeks reading for the Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards (Cybils), where I am a second round judge for graphic novels. I read 14 graphic novels for the Cybils — half for middle grade and half for YA (photo finish!), and our committee submitted our decision this morning; so now we all just have to wait for the awards announcement this weekend.
We just wrapped up the 5th Filipino Reader Conference this weekend, and it’s been such an exhilarating experience. I’ve been a volunteer for the ReaderCon since its inception, and it’s a lot of hard work that stretches out for months, but like the rest of the people behind this annual event, I’m happy to make the effort to empower the Filipino reader.
This ReaderCon was busier than usual for me as I was part of a panel in the morning and was involved in preparations both for the Flips Flipping Pages book discussion and the Filipino Readers’ Choice Awards in the afternoon (where is a time turner / vortex manipulator / TARDIS when you need one?!?), so I’ll be linking a lot of stuff to this post to give you a better recap of the event.
I thought things were going to wind down for me by November, but it’s been busy as ever, especially as we’ve been getting ready for the upcoming Filipino Reader Conference.