This picture book story is delicious. It is the perfect melding of words and illustration to create a wonderment of a breathtaking behemoth of nature....moreThis picture book story is delicious. It is the perfect melding of words and illustration to create a wonderment of a breathtaking behemoth of nature. The storyteller can have children hunt for the whales in the hills and clouds. But we cannot overlook the advice that is you really want to see a whale you must be alert, focused and patient. I would use it as a parable with high school students to keep them on the track of their research projects, keeping their eyes on the goal or thesis of their work. I am sure other educators would find lessons there also. Buy it. Reviewer: Joan Enders, Librarian, Robert A. Long High School http://bookbevy.wordpress.com (less)
Jonas Dolan’s point guard skills have been noticed, and if he gets his grades up to a B average, the perfect college back east will award him a schola...moreJonas Dolan’s point guard skills have been noticed, and if he gets his grades up to a B average, the perfect college back east will award him a scholarship. The entire family is euphoric until his dad loses his job, but they will make do somehow. Then his restaurateur uncle offers his dad a job in Seattle to help turn around a failing restaurant. Though agonizing for the entire family, feeding mouths wins out, with Jonas’s coach saying he will recommend Jonas to his new coach. To say the coach was “old school” was an understatement. But Jonas bonds with the team, and particularly an unassuming and talented forward named Levi. An older player befriends the summer gamers, invites them over for a pizza feed and girls by the pool. Levi leaves, and so does Jonas. Though talented, Levi processes school assignments slowly, and the new assistant coach, the older player from the summer party, is the new assistant coach! His offer to help Levi with homework is gratefully accepted by Jonas, as he not only has to figure out how to become important to the team, but must keep up his grades in a new school. Levi is ecstatic! With the coach’s help in 5 of his six classes, and Jonas’s help in the health class they attend together, he is feeling much more confident. Then the accident involving the head coach. Then Levi’s overnight hike with the assistant coach. Then Levi clicks off. No one can figure out what is happening to him, until Jonas finally demands an answer. Shocked by the revelation, Jonas knows he must save his friend and future victims. At least his dad loves his new job, and the team has become so excellent under the assistant coach that they go to state and win! But this is not a happily ever after story. Humiliation breeds death. Exposing a crime ruins Jonas’s future at his dream university. But the reader understands that there is always a door to an alternative destination, and Jonas takes it. This is an excellent book that could be used in a personal choices class for reading and discussing. It is sure to blossom out some latent emotions to be faced. One of Deuker’s best!(less)
Lyndsay weaves another American-Shelockian tale that peeks under the vermin-infested rocks of New York of the 1850s, this time exposing a hugely succe...moreLyndsay weaves another American-Shelockian tale that peeks under the vermin-infested rocks of New York of the 1850s, this time exposing a hugely successful slave-recovery scam. Our favorite young copper, Timothy Wilde, tenaciously puzzles through the murder of a beautiful black woman, a murder that implicates his mercurial brother Val. But the slavery ring proves dangerous and exasperating to solve. This he knows...the notorious madame who offered child prostitutes in *Gods of Gotham* has to be involved.