Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Interesting people part 4

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries women were expected to stay home, raise families, and not risk their lives doing stunts like riding a horse that jumped 40 feet down into a tank of water.  This slim read features fourteen different women, famous, or not, who engaged in daring acts during a time when to do so not only put their bodies at risk but their place in society as well.


Illustrated by Cheryl Harness, who is very interesting in her own right. I get to see her at the Children's Literature Festival which is where she autographed our library copy!  

Monday, May 20, 2013

Interesting people part 3


Cheeky but respectful treatments of historical figures and celebrities fill the pages of these books.  Included are facts and stats about accomplishments, and personal details gleamed from friends and family.  We have presidential stories, athletes, artists, writers, and musicians.  

Friday, May 17, 2013

Interesting people part 2

Do you love the circus?  I do, when I was young my mom made sure we saw both the “red”  and “blue” halves of the Barnum and Bailey circus when they came to Philadelphia, PA.  The show was amazing and there were more things to take in than could be seen at once.    

P.T. Barnum was a master at spectacle and The Great and Only Barnum gives his history using circus posters, photos and Barmum’s own words.  Prepare to be amazed!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Interesting people part 1

I realize that when I mention the name Phineas that most students think of Phineas and Ferb. 

 But I first heard the name when I read Phineas Gage: a gruesome but true story about brain science.


  Phineas is an example of a true survivor – in 1848 a thirteen pound iron rod shot through his head while on the job as a railroad construction foreman.  He was alive but never quite the same.  I must admit, when I read this I got just a bit light headed looking at the pictures.  

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

True by Erin McCarthy

I’ve enjoyed Erin McCarthy’s adult romance series, Fast Track so I looked forward to this new adult book series.  Erin’s writing always has funny descriptions that make me laugh and cringe with recognition. 

“So I had kind of an awkward girl crush on Grant because it smelled of Possibility.  Like it was not totally out of the realm of possibility that he could actually want to be with me, in some sort of male female capacity.” (Loc. 40)

I dribbled the red liquid all down the front of me.  Nope. Not a fantasy.  Just me, rocking the awk. (Loc. 307)

Having read several new adult novels now, this one had a bit of a different twist with more real world consequences to Tyler’s actions.  I didn’t like how Rory’s “best friends” didn’t seem to trust her to  see to her own love life and set her up with Tyler.  Rory was awfully forgiving of Jessica and Kylie, perhaps Rory was so desperate for friends she’s not so sure how to say no.  I’m interested in learning more about Jessica, as she seems to be running from something, and I’ll happily read the next one.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Divergent/Insurgent Veronica Roth

In the future, Chicago is divided into five different groups, four that represent character traits and a fifth that consists of all those who didn’t make it into a faction or were removed.  Choices are made at the age of 16, to which faction you will belong, if you leave your family's faction, you may never see them again, but staying true to yourself is highly prized.  Tris has to make a tough choice.  

The reader for this audiobook had a very slight southern accent, at least to my mid-western ears.  I was drawn into the story and wanted Tris to succeed even though the cost could be too great.  My daughter read this book in a hurry.  She loved it, also.

Tris is starting to make more teenage like decisions.  It’s like she’s regressing in a way.  I get it – she’s only 16, but in Divergent she made more adult decisions.  I have to say she irritated me this time.  I’m frustrated to be cliff hangered – I have questions! I need answers!