Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Love in a Time of Homeschooling

As a parent who has often considered the benefits (and challenges) of homeschooling her children, I was delighted to discover this nonfiction book detailing a year in which a mother with whom I have very much in common decided to homeschool one of her children (the same age as my older child) for reasons that resonated for me. Laura Brodie teaches English at a University, and has therefore has a background in education (unlike many parents who choose to homeschool their children - I was astonished to learn that in most states, the only requirement to homeschool children is a high school diploma). All the same, she found her year as an at-home teacher to be much more challenging and frustrating than she'd expected - but enlightening and rewarding as well.

Brodie choose to homeschool Julie, who was going into the fifth grade, after feeling such frustration at the many ways in which her daughter was miserable at her public school. All parents want their children to enjoy learning, and to have positive school experiences, and it is clear that some children flourish in school settings, while others simply do not. Julie's temperament, unlike that of her sisters, seemed to make things extra difficult for her at school. Would learning at home revive her daughter Julie's love of learning?

With compelling honesty, and in an engaging, conversational style, Brodie recounts the events leading up to her decision to take a year off from work to teach her 10-year-old daughter, and she takes us through their school year together. She discusses their challenges, their failures, and their successes, and she also talks about her own research into homeschooling, the things she learned form books and other longtime homeschoolers. She draws some very interesting conclusions during the course of the book, and I found myself marking down many passages as I read. For instance:
As I thought back on my mom, it occurred to me that all good parents are homeschoolers. Homeschooling is what happens when families turn off their TVs, cell phones and iPods. It occurs in long, thoughtful conversations at the dinner table, as well as at baseball games and ballet recitals, and in the planting of a vegetable garden. Parents who enrich their children's lives with art and sports and multiple trips to the library provide the backbone of American education. Unfortunately, in our busy lives, parents and children have less and less time for hours of thoughtful interaction, which is one reason why homeschooling has been on the rise. Homeschooling provides families with the quality time that used to occur after school.
One thing that Brodie found frustrating as she read through all the books she could get her hands on that discussed homeschooling was the fact that while many books talked about the many rewards and advantages of homeschooling, and about implementing an effective curriculum, and dealing with the paperwork from state to state, there weren't any that addressed the emotional issues surrounding homeschooling:
Among the millions of homeschoolers in America, there must be plenty who have stormy encounters with their children, and who sometimes doubt the efficacy of their teaching. Those people, however, don't seem to write books. In the homeschooling volumes I encountered, expressions of serious frustration seemed taboo.
Brodie makes a point of being very honest and open, and there were times I found myself laughing out loud at the way she related the interactions between Julie and herself. There is no one who can push our buttons more than our parents and our kids. She makes mistakes - what parent doesn't? - and says and does things she isn't proud of. But she also has some remarkable success stories, and I cheered along with her, having experienced the vicissitudes of her homeschooling experiment.

Brodie lives in Virginia, as do my family and I, and her discussion about Virginia's SOLs - the Standards of Learning tests that are mandated in public schools - were of particular interest to me. On one hand, no one can argue, looking at the questions on the exams, that most of the topics covered are things that well-informed (or even minimally informed) people really should know. On the other hand, it galls me that the emphasis on these tests is so extreme and really seems to focus on the lowest common denominator. The classes spend the entire school year on the topics of the tests, grilling and grilling them so that the children who are the farthest behind will be able to pass the tests at at the end of the year.

Of course those children should learn these things, and of course they should all be capable of passing the test by the end of the year. But it saddens me when I see my own kids sitting there, bored, not challenged, not all that interested in many things that go on at school. Luckily, we have been blessed with some teachers who are able to somehow make things exciting, get the kids through the SOLs, move on to higher-level learning activities, and make it all fun. When it works, it's great. It's when it doesn't that I worry, and some years are harder than others - my kids' happiness at school is incredibly dependent on the skill and passion of their teachers - and some have more than others.

We are lucky that our school offers a partial-immersion foreign language program in which the children are taught part of the curriculum in a foreign language - so from the first grade they speak only that language during part of the day. That is challenging for my children, and it gives them a sense of real satisfaction that they are mastering another language along with the curriculum content (which they often master quickly, so without the additional challenge of the foreign language, class would not be nearly as interesting for them). I do wish that the emphasis on these tests wouldn't preclude so many other things that teachers might be able to add to the curriculum, things they are particularly passionate about or interested in teaching.

That is one of the reasons that I periodically wonder about homeschooling, and I think about all the fun and interesting things I could do with my girls, the field trips we could take, the wide range of subject matter we could explore. Then I think about all the math I'd have to teach them, and my fantasy bubble pops. Seriously, though, I do think that if either of my children were miserable at school, I might try my hand at a year or two of homeschooling - and thanks to Brodie's candid portrayal of her year, I would go into it with a much more realistic mindset.

This was such a fascinating book- both for the content matter, which was of interest to me, but also for the compelling story of a mother and daughter's journey down a new path together, and the way it impacted their relationship. I think it is a must-read for anyone considering homeschooling their children, and it is also an intriguing memoir about a year in the life of a woman and her daughter.

Love in a Time of Homeschooling: A Mother and Daughter's Uncommon Year by Laurie Brodie (HarperCollins, 2010)

Source: Review copy from publisher

Also reviewed at:
Bookin' with Bingo: "...a funny and inspiring story of human foibles and human potential, in which love, anger, and hope mingle with reading, math, and American history."
Booking Mama: "Of course, it should be a must-read for any parent who is considering homeschooling their child. ....But it is also a book that I think women are going to love because Ms. Brodie is extremely honest about the ups and downs of being a mom."
Presenting Lenore: " It’s an interesting subject and Brodie gives a very balanced view of the pros and cons in a style that reads like an engrossing novel."

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sorry for the long absence...

Things are so hectic right now! My library has been renovated, and we're moving back in, which is so much fun! It's also a lot of work, and the change in my work hours has made juggling the rest of my life a bit tricky. Gone are the few mornings a week I had to sit and think and write, let alone stop by my favorite blogs and catch up on the literary (and other) goings on there. Sorry about that.

I'll be back soon, I hope, when things settle down a bit. I've been reading so many books I can't wait to tell you all about! Not quite as many books as usual, but what can you do? It is hard when life interferes with reading. But I still manage to squeeze in a chapter here and there, as always.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Series Reviews

UPDATE: I am discontinuing this series list, having moved everything to a new page (via tab at top of blog), as of 9/13/10.

Here are the series to which I am committed, the ones that I'm either working my way through, the ones for which I'm waiting impatiently for for the next book to be published, and the ones that I have completed. This is as much for myself (so I can be reminded to check for forthcoming books in my favorite series) as for anyone else who might be interested. For now, I'll put ones that I've reviewed so far, and as time permits I will add others (since I've only been reviewing here since April of 2007. If you have any suggestions for must-read series that are not included here, by all means, bring 'em on!

This post will be updated as I make my way through it (new ones being added along the way).

Anderson, Jodi Lynn - May Bird series
1. May Bird and the Ever After
2. May Bird Among the Stars
3. May Bird: Warrior Princess

Andrews, Ilona - Kate Daniels series

1. Magic Bites
2. Magic Burns
3. Magic Strikes

Armstrong, Kelley - Darkest Powers trilogy:
1. The Summoning
2. The Awakening
3. The Reckoning (forthcoming - 2010)

Armstrong, Kelley - Otherworld series
1. Bitten
2. Stolen
3. Dime Store Magic
4. Industrial Magic
5. Haunted
6. Broken
7. No Humans Involved
8. Personal Demon
9. Living with the Dead

Azuma, Kiyohiko - Yotsuba&!
Volume 1
Volume 2

Volume 3

Bell, Hilari - Knight and Rogue series
1. The Last Knight
2. Rogue's Home
3. Player's Ruse

Bishop, Anne - Black Jewels series
1. Daughter of the Blood
2. Heir to the Shadows
3. Queen of the Darkness
4. The Invisible Ring
5. Dreams Made Flesh
6. Tangled Webs

Black, Holly & Naifeh, Ted - Good Neighbors Series
1. Kin
2. Kith

Black, Holly - Modern Faerie Tale series

1. Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale
2. Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie
3. Ironside: A Modern Faerie's Tale

Black, Jenna - Morgan Kinsley series
1. The Devil Inside
2. The Devil You Know
3. The Devil's Due

4. Speak of the Devil

Briggs, Patricia - Mercy Thompson series
1. Moon Called
2. Blood Bound

3. Iron Kissed

4. Bone Crossed
5. Silver Borne

Bujold, Lois McMaster - Vorkosigan Saga
1. Shards of Honor
2. Barrayar
3. The Warrior's Apprentice
4. The Vor Game
5. Cetaganda
6. Ethan of Athos
(almost a spin-off)
7. Brothers in Arms
8. Borders of Infinity
9. Mirror Dance
10. Memory
11. Komarr
12. A Civil Campaign
13. Diplomatic Immunity

Cabot, Meg - Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series

1. Moving Day
2. The New Girl
3. Best Friends and Drama Queens
4. Stage Fright

Carey, Jacqueline - Kushiel's Legacy series
1. Kushiel's Dart
2. Kushiel's Chosen
3. Kushiel's Avatar
4. Kushiel's Scion
5. Kushiel's Justice
6. Kushiel's Mercy
7. Naamah's Kiss
8. Naamah's Curse

Carriger, Gail - Parasol Protectorate series
1. Soulless
2. Changeless
3. Blameless

Carter, Ally - Gallagher Girls series
1. I'd Tell You I Love You, But then I'd Have to Kill You
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy

Cashore, Kristen - Graceling series
1. Graceling
2. Fire
3. Bitterblue (forthcoming)

Chance, Karen - Cassandra Palmer series
1. Touch the Dark
Claimed by Shadow
3. Embrace the Night
4. Curse the Dawn

Chance, Karen - Dorina Basarab series
1. Midnight's Daughter
2. Death's Mistress

Chmakova, Svetlana - Dramacon series
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3

CLAMP - xxxHolic series
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Volume 4
Volume 5
Volume 6
Volume 7
Volume 8
Volume 9
Volume 10
Volume 11
Volume 12
Volume 13
Volume 14

CLAMP - Tsubasa series
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Volume 4
Volume 5
Volume 6
Volume 7
Volume 8

Clare, Cassandra - Mortal Instruments series
1. City of Bones
2. City of Ashes
3. City of Glass

Cole, Kresley - Immortals after Dark series:
1. A Hunger Like No Other
2. No Rest for the Wicked
3. Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night

4. Dark Needs at Night's Edge
5. Dark Desires After Dusk
6. Kiss of a Demon King
7. Pleasure of a Dark Prince
8. Demon from the Dark

Colfer, Eoin - Artemis Fowl series
1. Artemis Fowl
2. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident
3. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code
4. Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
5. Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony
6. Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox
7. Artemis Fowl: Atlantis Complex
(forthcoming in US - July 2010)

Crilley, Mark - Miki Falls
1. Spring
2. Summer
3. Fall
4. Winter

Croggon, Allison - Pellinor series
1. The Naming
2. The Riddle
3. The Crow
4. The Singing

Davidson, MaryJanice - Queen Betsy series
1. Undead and Unwed
2. Undead and Unemployed
3. Undead and Unappreciated
Undead and Unreturnable
Undead and Unpopular

Undead and Uneasy
7. Undead and Unworthy
8. Undead and Unwelcome

Delaney, Joseph -
The Last Apprentice series:
1. Revenge of the Witch
2. Curse of the Bane
3. Night of the Soul-Stealer
4. Attack of the Fiend
5. Wrath of the Bloodeye
6. Clash of the Demons
7. The Spook's Tale and Other Horrors

DiCamillo, Kate - Mercy Watson series:
1. Mercy Watson to the Rescue
2. Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride
3. Mercy Watson Fights Crime
4. Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise
5. Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig
6. Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes

Duane, Diane - Young Wizards series
1. So You Want to Be a Wizard
Deep Wizardry
High Wizardry
4. A Wizard Abroad
5. The Wizard's Dilemma
A Wizard Alone
A Wizard's Holiday Book
8. Wizards at War

Dunkle, Clare B. - Hollow Kingdom Trilogy

1. The Hollow Kingdom
2. Close Kin
In the Coils of the Snake

Dunn, Carola - Daisy Dalrymple series
1. Death at Wentwater Court
2. The Winter Garden Mystery
3. Requiem for a Mezzo
4. Murder on the Flying Scotsman
5. Damsel in Distress
6. Death in the Water
7. Styx and Stones
8. Rattle His Bones
9. To Davy Jones Below
10. The Case of the Murdered Muckraker
11. Mistletoe and Murder
12. Die Laughing
13. A Mourning Wedding
14. Fall of a Philanderer
15. Gunpowder Plot
16. The Bloody Tower

Elkins, Aaron - Gideon Oliver series

1. Fellowship of Fear
2. The Dark Place
3. Murder in the Queen's Armies
4. Old Bones
5. Curses
6. Icy Clutches
7. Make No Bones
8. Dead Men's Hearts
9. Twenty Blue Devils
10. Skeleton Dance
11. Good Blood
12. Where There's a Will
13. Unnatural Selection
14. Little Tiny Teeth
15. Uneasy Relations

Evanovich, Janet - Stephanie Plum series
1. One for the Money
2. Two for the Dough
3. Three to Get Deadly
4. Four to Score
5. High Five
6. Hot Six
7. Seven Up
8. Hard Eight
9. To the Nines
10. Ten Big Ones
11. Eleven on Top
12. Twelve Sharp
13. Lean Mean Thirteen
14. Fearless Fourteen
Finger Lickin' Fifteen
16. Sizzling Sixteen

Evanovich, Janet - Stephanie Plum "Between the Numbers" series
1. Visions of Sugar Plums
2. Plum Lovin'
3. Plum Lucky
4. Plum Spooky

Ferguson, Alane - Forensic Mystery series
1. The Christopher Killer
2. The Angel of Death
The Circle of Blood
4. The Dying Breath

Fisher, Catherine - Incarceron series
1. Incarceron
2. Sapphique

Franklin, Ariana - Mistress of the Art of Death series
1. Mistress of the Art of Death
2. The Serpent's Tale
(also published as The Death Maze)
3. Grave Goods (also published as Relics of the Dead)
4. A Murderous Procession (also published as The Assassin's Prayer)

Gaiman, Neil - The Sandman series
1. Preludes & Nocturnes (collects The Sandman #1-8)
2. The Doll's House (collects The Sandman #9-16)
3. Dream Country (collects The Sandman #17-20)
4. Season of Mists (collects The Sandman #21-28)
5. A Game of You (collects The Sandman #32-37)
6. Fables and Reflections (collects The Sandman #29- 1, #38-40, #50, Sandman Special #1 and Vertigo Preview #1)
7. Brief Lives (collects The Sandman #41-49)
8. World's End (collects The Sandman #51- 56)9. The Kindly Ones (collects The Sandman #57-69)
10. The Wake (collects The Sandman #70-75)

Garey, Terri - Nicki Styx series
1. Dead Girls Are Easy
2. A Match Made in Hell

3. You're the One that I Haunt

4. Silent Night, Haunted Night

Gleason, Colleen - Gardella Vampire Chronicles
1. The Rest Falls Away
2. Rises the Night
3. The Bleeding Dusk
4. When Twilight Burns
5. As Shadows Fade

Hamilton, Laurell - Anita Blake series
1. Guilty Pleasures
2. The Laughing Corpse

3. Circus of the Damned

4. The Lunatic Cafe
5. Bloody Bones

6. The Killing Dance

7. Burnt Offerings

8. Blue Moon

9. Obsidian Butterfly

10. Narcissus in Chains

11. Cerulean Sins
12. Incubus Dreams

13. Micah
14. Danse Macabre

The Harlequin
16. Blood Noir

17. Skin Trade
18. Flirt

Hamilton, Laurell - Meredith Gentry series
1. A Kiss of Shadows
2. A Caress of Twilight
3. Seduced by Moonlight

4. A Stroke of Midnight

5. Mistral's Kiss
6. A Lick of Frost
7. Swallowing Darkness
8. Divine Misdemeanors

Harris, Charlaine - Lily Bard (Shakespeare) series
1. Shakespeare's Landlord
2. Shakespeare's Champion
3. Shakespeare's Christmas
4. Shakespeare's Trollop
5. Shakespeare's Counselor

Harris, Charlaine - Southern Vampire (Sookie Stackhouse) series:
1. Dead Until Dark
2. Living Dead in Dallas
3. Club Dead
4. Dead to the World
5. Dead as a Doornail
6. Definitely Dead
7. Altogether Dead
8. From Dead to Worse
9. Dead and Gone
10. A Touch of Dead (short stories)
11. Dead in the Family

Harrison, Kim - Hollows series
1. Dead Witch Walking
2. The Good, the Bad, and the Undead
3. Every Which Way but Dead
A Fistful of Charms
For a Few Demons More
6. The Outlaw Demon Wails
7. White Witch, Black Curse

8. Black Magic Sanction

Harrison, Michelle - Thirteen Treasures series
1. 13 Treasures
2. 13 Curses
3. 13 Secrets
(to be published in 2011)

Huff, Tanya - Confederation series:
1. Valor's Choice
2. The Better Part of Valor
3. The Heart of Valor
4. Valor's Trial

Huff, Tanya - Vicki Nelson series
1. Blood Price
2. Blood Trail
3. Blood Lines
4. Blood Pact
5. Blood Debt

Irwin, Jane - Vögelein series

1. Vögelein: Clockwork Faerie
2. Vögelein: Old Ghosts

Jones, Diana Wynne - Chrestomanci series
1. Charmed Life
2. Magicians of Caprona
3. Witch Week
4. The Lives of Christopher Chant
5. Mixed Magic
6. Conrad's Fate
7. The Pinhoe Egg

Jones, Diana Wynne - The Merlin Cycle
1. Deep Secret
2. The Merlin Conspiracy

Karbo, Karen - Minerva Clark mystery series
1. Minerva Clark Gets a Clue
2. Minerva Clark Goes to the Dogs
3. Minerva Clark Gives up the Ghost

Kimberly, Alice -
Haunted Bookshop Mystery series:
1. The Ghost and Mrs. McClure
2. The Ghost and the Dead Deb
3. The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library

4. The Ghost and the Femme Fatale

5. The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion

Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody - Suddenly Supernatural series
1. School Spirit
2. Scaredy Kat
3. Unhappy Medium

4. Crossing Over

King, Laurie R. - Mary Russell series:
1. The Beekeeper's Apprentice
2. A Monstrous Regiment of Women
3. A Letter of Mary
4. The Moor
5. O Jerusalem
6. Justice Hall
7. The Game
8. Locked Rooms
9. The Language of Bees

Kinney, Jeff - Wimpy Kid series
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
2. Rodrick Rules
3. The Last Straw

Krosoczka, Jarrett - Lunch Lady series
1. Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute
2. Lunch Lady and League of Librarians
3. Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta
4. Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown

LaFevers, R.L. - Theodosia series
1. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
2. Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris

Landy, Derek - Skulduggery Pleasant series
1. Skulduggery Pleasant
2. Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire
3. Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones
4. Skulduggery Pleasant: Dark Days
5. Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil

Larbalestier, Justine - Magic or Madness trilogy
1. Magic or Madness
2. Magic Lessons
3. Magic's Child

L'Engle, Madeleine - Austin Family series
The Austin Family Chronicles:
1. Meet the Austins
2. The Moon by Night
3. The Young Unicorns
4. A Ring of Endless Light
5. Troubling a Star

Marr, Melissa - Wicked Lovely series
1. Wicked Lovely
2. Ink Exchange
3. Fragile Eternity
4. Radiant Shadows

McCaffrey, Anne - Harper Hall Trilogy
1. Dragonsong
2. Dragonsinger
3. Dragondrums

Meyer, L.A. - Bloody Jack series
1. Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy
2. Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady
3. Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber 4. In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber
5. Mississippi Jack: Being an Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and the Lily of the West
6. My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War
7. Rapture of the Deep: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy

Moore, Christopher - Vampire Love Story series

1. Bloodsucking Fiends
2. You Suck
3. Bite Me

Naifeh, Ted - Courtney Crumrin series
1. Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things
2. Courtney Crumrin and the Coven of Mystics
3. Courtney Crumrin in the Twilight Kingdom
4. Courtney Crumin's Monstrous Holiday

Nix, Garth - Abhorsen series
1. Sabriel
2. Lirael: Daughter of the Clayr
3. Abhorsen

Nix, Garth - Keys to the Kingdom
1. Mister Monday
2. Grim Tuesday
3. Drowned Wednesday
Sir Thursday
Lady Friday
Superior Saturday
Lord Sunday (forthcoming March 2010)

Novik, Naomi - Temeraire series
1. His Majesty's Dragon
2. Throne of Jade
3. Black Powder War
4. Empire of Ivory
5. Victory of Eagles

O'Malley, Bryan Lee - Scott Pilgrim series
1. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
2. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
3. Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness
4. Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together
5. Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe

Patterson, James - Maximum Ride series
1. The Angel Experiment
2. School's Out -- Forever
3. Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
4. The Final Warning
5. Max
6. Fang
(Forthcoming March 2010)

Pierce, Tamora - Protector of the Small quartet
1. First Test
2. Page
3. Squire
4. Lady Knight

Pratchett, Terry - Discworld series
1. The Color of Magic
2. The Light Fantastic
3. Equal Rites
4. Mort
5. Sourcery
6. Wyrd Sisters
7. Pyramids
8. Guards, Guards
9. Eric
10. Moving Pictures
11. Reaper Man
12. Witches Abroad
13. Small Gods
14. Lords and Ladies
15. Men at Arms
16. Soul Music
17. Interesting Times
18. Maskerade
19. Feet of Clay
20. Hogfather
21. Jingo
22. The Last Continent
23. Carpe Jugulum
24. The Fifth Elephant
25. The Truth
26. The Thief of Time
27. The Last Hero
28. Nightwatch
29. Monstrous Regiment
30. Going Postal
31. Thud
32. Making Money

33. Unseen Academicals

Pratchett, Terry - Tiffany Aching series
1. The Wee Free Men
2. Hat Full of Sky
3. Wintersmith

Pratchett, Terry - Johnny Maxwell series
1. Only You Can Save Mankind
2. Johnny and the Dead
Johnny and the Bomb

Prineas, Sarah - Magic Thief series
1. The Magic Thief
2. The Magic Thief: Lost

Rardin, Jennifer - Jaz Parks series
1. Once Bitten, Twice Shy
2. Another One Bites the Dust
3. Biting the Bullet
4. Bitten to Death
5. One More Bite

6. Bite Marks
7. Bitten in Two (to be published in the U.S. in November 2010)

Reeve, Philip - Hungry City Chronicles:
1. Mortal Engines
2. Predator's Gold
3. Infernal Devices
4. A Darkling Plain
5. Fever Crumb
6. A Web of Air

Reeve, Philip - Larklight series

1. Larklight
2. Starcross
3. Mothstorm

Riddell, Chris - Ottoline series
1. Ottoline and the Yellow Cat
Ottoline Goes to School
3. Ottoline at Sea (forthcoming)

Robb, J.D. - Eve Dallas series
1. Naked in Death
2. Glory in Death
3. Immortal in Death
4. Rapture in Death
5. Ceremony In Death
6. Vengeance in Death
7. Holiday in Death
"Midnight in Death" (in Silent Night)
8. Conspiracy in Death
9. Loyalty in Death
10. Witness in Death
11. Judgment in Death
12. Betrayal in Death
"Interlude in Death" (in Out of This World)
13. Seduction in Death
14. Reunion In Death
15. Purity in Death
16. Portrait in Death
17. Imitation in Death
Remember When (spin-off book with section featuring Eve)
18. Divided in Death
19. Visions in Death
20. Survivor
in Death
Origin in Death

22. Memory in Death
"Haunted in Death" (in Bump in the Night)

23. Born in Death
24. Innocent in Death
"Eternity in Death" (in Dead of Night)
25. Creation in Death
26. Strangers in Death
"Ritual in Death" (in Suite 606)
27. Salvation In Death
28. Promises in Death
29. Kindred in Death
"Missing in Death" (in The Lost)
30. Fantasy in Death (2010)

Rowling, J.K. - Harry Potter series
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
The Tales of Beedle the Bard

Sagara, Michelle - Chronicles of Elantra series

1. Cast in Shadow
2. Cast in Courtlight
3. Cast in Secret
4. Cast in Fury
5. Cast in Silence
6. Cast in Chaos

Singh, Nalini - Psy-Changelings series
1. Slave to Sensation
2. Visions of Heat
3. Caressed by Ice

4. Mine to Possess

5. Hostage to Pleasure

6. Branded by Fire

7. Blaze of Memory

8. Bonds of Justice

9. Play of Passion

Springer, Nancy - Enola Holmes series
1. The Case of the Missing Marquess
The Case of the Left-Handed Lady
The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets
4. The Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan

5. The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline
6. The Case of the Gypsy Goodbye

Stewart, Paul and Chris Riddell - Barnaby Grimes series
1. Curse of the Night Wolf
2. Return of the Emerald Skull
3. Legion of the Dead (forthcoming in U.S. - 2010)

Stroud, Jonathan - Bartimaeus Trilogy
1. The Amulet of Samarkand
2. The Golem's Eye
3. Ptolemy's Gate

Vaughn, Carrie -
Kitty Norville series:
1. Kitty and the Midnight Hour
2. Kitty Goes to Washington
3. Kitty Takes a Holiday
4. Kitty and the Silver Bullet
5. Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand
6. Kitty Raises Hell

7. Kitty's House of Horrors

Wilce, Isabeau - Flora Segunda series
1. Flora Segunda
2. Flora's Dare

Winspear, Jacqueline - Maisie Dobbs series
1. Maisie Dobbs
2. Birds of a Feather
3. Pardonable Lies
4. Messenger of Truth
5. An Incomplete Revenge
6. Among the Mad

Wodehouse, P.G. - Jeeves and Wooster series
1. Thank You, Jeeves
2. Right Ho, Jeeves
3. The Code of the Woosters
4. Jeeves in the Morning
5. Mating Season
6. Return of Jeeves
7. Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit
8. How Right You Are, Jeeves
9. Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves
10. Jeeves and the Tie That Binds
11. Cat-Nappers