Since reading the Scholastic biography of Nellie Bly back in the 60's I have been fascinated with Nellie and by extension the evolving possibilities fSince reading the Scholastic biography of Nellie Bly back in the 60's I have been fascinated with Nellie and by extension the evolving possibilities for women in US society. This is a carefully researched bio with wonderful period photos of Nellie's life and pictures of the times she lived in. There is a lot to like in this book, but many times I was jarred from the flow of the story by interspersed 'factoids' that ultimately enhance understanding even if they do interrupt the narrative of the story. ...more
I am not a baseball fan by any stretch, but with this book Joan Bauer hits a home run!
Walt found infant Jeremiah in the break room of the computer coI am not a baseball fan by any stretch, but with this book Joan Bauer hits a home run!
Walt found infant Jeremiah in the break room of the computer company where he worked. It took time, but Walt adopted Jeremiah and has taught him a loooove of all things baseball.
Living a slightly itinerant life following Walt's consulting gigs as a robotic guru the pair live and breathe baseball as they move town to town. From the moment he could hold a ball Jer and Walt have played catch and talked baseball strategy. Jeremiah is a prodigy in skill and knowledge.
When a virus attacks his heart mortally, the 'men' settle in Arizona so Walt's sister Charity can help care for Jer as he waits for a donor heart, receives one and commences the lifelong recovery from transplant surgery. A recovery that requires 12 year old Jeremiah to reconfigure his baseball goals; he will coach, not play.
The book really starts when Walt gets a short gig in a baseball crazy Ohio town. Jeremiah really wants to go and see a town that has had non stop winning seasons for years. When they arrive many things are not what they seem and as the story progresses incidents occur that have the town reeling in shock and dismay. Jeremiah has to pull all his coaching talent and know how to help his new friends and the town reassess, grow, and move forward.
So many themes, sportsmanship, ethics, being new in town, being a friend, accepting change, betrayed trust, grief, divorce, honoring talent, disability.......more
With stunning art and a breathtaking theme The Rabbits hits home with a tale of imperialism that will remain with the reader for decades. An unusual aWith stunning art and a breathtaking theme The Rabbits hits home with a tale of imperialism that will remain with the reader for decades. An unusual and powerful use of the picture book form. ...more
A fun family book! The four Fletcher boys and their bemused dads are a joy. We follow these decent kids getting into creative scrapes as they meander tA fun family book! The four Fletcher boys and their bemused dads are a joy. We follow these decent kids getting into creative scrapes as they meander through the school year. A truly diverse crew, Sam is a charismatic soccer star turned thespian. Eli experiments with a school for the academically gifted to find that he actually enjoys recess and can learn on his own while he delves deeply into his many interests. Frog slams kindergarten with his wacky world view and Jax finds his way through fourth grade. All next door to the curmudgeon of the world, can he be charmed as the rest of us are?...more
A story of a remote hotel in Ontario Canada in 1914 - a forest fire sweeps the woods and humans and animals alike take refuge in the lake as the fireA story of a remote hotel in Ontario Canada in 1914 - a forest fire sweeps the woods and humans and animals alike take refuge in the lake as the fire rages around them. Kinda magical....more
The book opens with Jack's mother's funeral. The deal is, there is no body- just Mom's car sailing off a cliff into the ocean with nobody in it. A notThe book opens with Jack's mother's funeral. The deal is, there is no body- just Mom's car sailing off a cliff into the ocean with nobody in it. A note is found but Jack knows, his mom would not leave him like that. Enter grim, oh, let's just say it, evil Aunt Edith. She is taking custody of Jack and hauling him up to San Francisco. Once there Jack teams up with Hitch (Alfred Hitchcock's alter ego) to solve the mystery of what happened to Mom and when she disappears, Aunt Edith as well. Mr. Averbeck evokes the feel of post war San Francisco as twists, turns crosses,and double crosses seem to thwart the clever duo's efforts to untangle the layers of the plot hatched by nefarious villains determined to capture ill-gotten gain. ...more
Set just on the cusp between gaslight and electricity there is a glow and a slightly slowed pace in the story of this particular Alice's adventures.
LiSet just on the cusp between gaslight and electricity there is a glow and a slightly slowed pace in the story of this particular Alice's adventures.
Living with just her father since her mom passed away, Alice is a rule follower, except when she doesn't follow rules. For example the night she has stayed up past her bedtime to do her homework. (Real rebel, huh?) This means she is awake when her father arrives home late from work. She misses him, so she decides to go downstairs and greet him, after all she has that good homework excuse for being awake. She is stopped short when she hears that Father is not alone. She knows eavesdropping is certainly against some rule, but.... When she creeps to the crack in the door she is in for a new surprise. Father is conversing with a fairy- not just any fairy, a nasty, threatening fairy. Yeeks, Alice creeps back to her bedroom.
In the morning when Alice would have asked about the visitor, she finds Father preparing for a sea voyage. Alice is to wait for his return at home. Within days news of a storm that has swallowed the steamer Gideon and her father along with it arrives. Alice is bundled off to an unknown uncle who lives in a gothic mansion with a mysterious forbidden library on the grounds.
Alice knows she is caught in circumstances she cannot resist and now her efforts are to come to understand what is going on with her father, this strange house, and more to the point what about that library?
When she meets a talking cat (can this be any stranger than that nasty fairy?) he shows her how to enter the library. Once in she is literally captured by the magic of the place and finds herself inside a book and hunted by the perilous creatures within.
This kicks off Alice's magical adventures in the Forbidden Library. With twists, turns, crosses, and double crosses we learn right along with Alice that this is not just a perilous life she has been tossed into but one in which every-single-person-she-knows has an agenda that excludes caring one bit about her. It seems to me as each challenge emerges that Alice's principles and courage are her one constant ally.
Book 2 should arrive soon. I am looking forward to it. ...more
Spot on portraying the casual cruelty that children vying for social position exert. Both boys and girls; Apple bears the brunt of the social machine.Spot on portraying the casual cruelty that children vying for social position exert. Both boys and girls; Apple bears the brunt of the social machine. Thankfully she has Evan, a truly nice, even tempered boy in her class who sees a nice girl for what she is; a friend and who proves himself to be a friend time and again. ...more