The author, Maurice Bird tells the story of the aircrew of a Lancaster Bomber involved in the many bombing raids over Germany and Italy during World WThe author, Maurice Bird tells the story of the aircrew of a Lancaster Bomber involved in the many bombing raids over Germany and Italy during World War II. It follows the crew from where they came from, the training and how they became a crew. They will experience anxiety, romance, and the fear of battle.
As I read this book by Mr. Bird, I was filled with hope that the story would mirror many of the famous books written of the period. But as I went read, I became filled with disappointment. I found the dialog very stiff and lacking imagination. I also felt there were times that events were added to the plot without the needed introduction. As I read, I be trying to figure out what I had missed.
I enjoy reading historical fiction, especially books on World War II. This book failed in many areas to achieve or even come close to any of the wonderful books that have been written about the topic....more
After visiting the museum named after her in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Georgia O'Keefe, one the masters of modern art, is described in this wonderful biogAfter visiting the museum named after her in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Georgia O'Keefe, one the masters of modern art, is described in this wonderful biography by Susan Goldman Rubin. I felt I needed to know more about her, so I purchased this book and found the life story of this amazing woman and artist. The early 20th century was a time when women were directed to be art instructors in high schools and colleges, Georgia O'Keefe did what only a few women dared to do, and that was to become an artist. One that was accepted by the art world, respected by her piers, and who could actually make a living with her art. One of my favorite artists, O'Keefe is shown to be a woman of daring, breaking new ground painting in abstract realism. O'Keefe said, "Paint what's in your head, what you are acquainted with, even if you think it doesn't count." Her remarkable insight as to shape and color, made her the master of works like her giant paintings of flowers and her Southwest United States images are all so well known. O'Keefe was the first woman to solo at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She had a famous relationship with photographer Alfred Stieglitz, and her life in New Mexico and the paintings produced are all described in this wonderful book.
A great read for anyone interested in Georgia O'Keefe. It may be more focused to young adults. but no matter what, it is a wonderful book for anyone interested in knowing this American artist better....more
In my eyes, Steve Sheinkin has done it again. While researching the award winning book "Bomb," he came across, what I believe is, a very little knownIn my eyes, Steve Sheinkin has done it again. While researching the award winning book "Bomb," he came across, what I believe is, a very little known story from the Second World War. A munitions depot in California exploded, killing 320 people. Most of the dead were African-Americans. Sheinkin tells in his book "The Port Chicago 50," how African-American men were allowed to be enlisted into the Navy, but never given alike assignments as white Navy enlisted men. There was a strict segregation policy to separate the two groups. Officers felt that there was a great difference in work ethic and capabilities. So one of the jobs given to African-American Navy men was to load munitions aboard ships sailing to the battle fronts. It was a dangerous job, and most men were put into the position without proper training. For the men, they felt it was a matter of time before something terrible would happen. On July 17, 1944, that terrible incident did happen at Port Chicago, on the coast of California. The men who survived the explosion were transferred to another base, and told to load boats again with munitions. They refused. They were asked over and over again, but refused numerous times. The Navy sent them to prison and threatened them with treason and death. Sheinken tells the story of why they refused, the trial and it's outcome.
This book is considered a Young Adult read, but it is very suitable for adults. The reader will enjoy the fast paced and deftly crafted plot. Loaded with pictures, it is a visual appealing but tells a very serious story through in depth research from oral histories, Navy documents and documentaries. I applaud this very thought provoking and inspiring work. Kudos to Steve Sheinkin....more
This is the true story of America's first real traitor. It is also the tale of one of America's greatest Heros. Most people do not realize that BenediThis is the true story of America's first real traitor. It is also the tale of one of America's greatest Heros. Most people do not realize that Benedict Arnold was a true hero for the revolution. All they know is that he was a traitor. Steve Sheinkin, tells the tale of this very complicated man who was driven to be successful at anything he did. Reckless in battle, but that was also part of his drive. And a hero, that many individuals, who think they know American History, really do not know.
A master of literary nonfiction, Sheinkin researches every detail of the story and weaves it into a wonderful read. He writes it in a way that reads like a novel, one that you can't put down until you find out how it ends. Americans should be thankful to have the likes of Steve Sheinkin to write books for Young Adults. It we were to rely only upon the history books found in our schools, we would be a very ignorant nation. We have been lead to believe that Arnold was a very evil many who betrayed his country. What is swept under the rug is the amount of bravery he showed in the battles he lead men into and that he fought in.
His drive and recklessness would ultimately get him into trouble. For his rivals seized upon any little thing they could find fault in to bring him down so their value would rise. He did somethings that would ultimately get him into trouble, and the doubt that was cast upon him altered his relationship with George Washington, causing him make that fateful decision to betray his country.
This book is a great biography, one that is easy to read, but very enjoyable. I would certainly recommend this book for YA readers who need a good nonfiction book to read. I would also recommend it to anyone who just enjoys reading a great nonfiction book....more
This was a very enjoyable book on building bird houses. The author, an architect by trade began his love for the bird houses by building a house for hThis was a very enjoyable book on building bird houses. The author, an architect by trade began his love for the bird houses by building a house for his wife every Christmas and her birthday. As he did these gifts, he built a real fondness for birds and a love for woodworking. What I enjoyed the most was his approach to building the lowly bird house. You can build one very simple, or take it up a notch to make an amazing work of art. There are plenty of step by step directions to keep it simple for the novice, but plenty of room to embellish the basic box with wood and paint color. A very fun read if you like birds and bird houses...... Oh and woodworking....more
I found this book fascinating because I am a child of this period in history. Oh, as a child, were we lead to believe that the world was warm, cozy anI found this book fascinating because I am a child of this period in history. Oh, as a child, were we lead to believe that the world was warm, cozy and wonderful. I even, with my family, had a chance to go to this wonderland called the "New York World's Fair." Well, Joseph Tirella, shot down my purely "Rose Colored" view of that wonderful exhibit and did not realize the politics that went on behind the scenes. How sheltered we were as we went through that era as "Baby Boomers." It took me a while to read this book due to my desire to soak in each amazing fact. Some facts I took in utter disbelief and others, pure amazement. I would recommend to anyone who had a chance to experience the fair to read this book. You see how America and the world changed, not only because it was a part of the volatile sixties, but because it really was the beginning of the technological era. An amazing book....more
Abilene Tucker has been put on a train by her father and is being sent to Manifest, Kansas. She has heard stories of this magical place from her fatheAbilene Tucker has been put on a train by her father and is being sent to Manifest, Kansas. She has heard stories of this magical place from her father, but once she arrives, finds that it is a run down, tired old town. What she found is that it's not the aesthetics of the town that is important, but the people who make up the warm and wonderful community.
This is a warm, folksy read that reminds you of some other wonderful books like Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," anything from Richard Peck and Fannie Flagg. One comment I read about this book was that they regretted not being on a porch swing while they read it…… I agree.
A great young adult read, but adults will love it all the same....more
I had heard many wonderful things about Steve Sheinkin and how he approached writing nonfiction books. Though a bit skeptical, I was blown away by howI had heard many wonderful things about Steve Sheinkin and how he approached writing nonfiction books. Though a bit skeptical, I was blown away by how he told this story of the race to build the atomic bomb. Sheinkin took factual information and created a very moving story that is gripping and full of suspense. He tells how America feared that Germany was racing to create a device themselves. He also told how Robert Oppenheimer lead the way for the US to create the bomb first. Finally, he also incorporates the telling of how the Soviet Union was out to steal as many of the secrets from Oppenheimer's team to create a bomb of their own.
I have the opportunity to hear Mr. Sheinkin speak in February and look forward to hearing his approach to writing nonfiction. His method of writing may return middle / senior high students back into excited nonfiction readers. After finishing this book, I am now even more excited to hear Mr. Sheinkin in February....more
This is a mystery novel about a small town in rural Minnesota by the name of Bluestem. I just happen to live in the town Sandford wrote about in thisThis is a mystery novel about a small town in rural Minnesota by the name of Bluestem. I just happen to live in the town Sandford wrote about in this story, and found it an enjoyable read, knowing the many locations he used in this story.
John Sandford tells the tale of 3 murders in this small town. The main character, Virgil Flowers, a detective for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is brought in after the first two murders take place. Then as he is entering the town, he sees a fire on the hill to the north. It belongs to the wealthiest family in town, Judd. The father is disliked by most of the people in the town due to a scam he perpetrated many years before. It caused many farmers to lose their farm and it also caused many to take their lives. So as in all small towns, everyone knows everyone, and in this case, their would be a long line of suspects, for many wanted Judd dead. This leads to many twists and turns in a fun novel.
Well, knowing the city in real life as I do, it was fun when the opening of the book mentioned the fire on the hill to the north. For in real life, that house would be the former house of author Fred Manfred, now deceased. It is owned by the State of Minnesota and belongs to Blue Mound State Park, and is used as an Interpretive Center. It was fun to know that little bit of information from the book besides it just being another part of a plot.
Sandford is up to his usual best at leaving you in suspense as he does so well. The characters are fun and rich. The plot full of twists and turns which makes all mysteries fun to read. I certainly would recommend it for a romping good summer reada. Being from the town in which he writes, was just another bonus....more
A wonderful book about a young boy, a queen, and of course a villain. An adventure based in the 1890s with sword play, diamonds and scientific possibiA wonderful book about a young boy, a queen, and of course a villain. An adventure based in the 1890s with sword play, diamonds and scientific possibilities of the time and what might be in store in the future. A great read by the terrific author Eoin Colfer....more
I had forgotten that I read this book back in 1986 and that I did battle with a language arts instructor about it for my son, who is now 30 years old.I had forgotten that I read this book back in 1986 and that I did battle with a language arts instructor about it for my son, who is now 30 years old. Yes, even media specialist go to battle and stand up for what is right. Cue the superman music.
After I had read this book, my son was told, by his language arts instructor, to find a good young adult novel to read. He came to his father, the librarian and knowing what his interests were, I suggested "Enders Game." It was met with great disappointment by his teacher, and was told that the story was not young adult, and that even though he had read it, it would not count towards fulfilling his assignment. Needless to say, the librarian won and my son was able to fulfill his assignment. Not only did my son fulfill his assignment, he went on to read the rest of this wonderful series and enjoy every word.
I mention it now because my son called me the other day and told me that "Enders Game" was being made into a movie and that the two of us should go to the movie together in honor of the battle won, so many years ago. So before I go to see the movie, I wanted to sit down and reread the book that still holds a special place in my 30 year old son's heart.
It did not disappoint. "Enders Game" is still that amazing read for young and old alike. Taking place in the future, earth is found to be under attack by a strong alien race called the buggers. Young Ender Wiggins is in battle school, preparing to learn how to fight the aggressive alien race. Found to have special talents, he is promoted to command school where his talents are stretched to the limits. But would they be stretched to far and would young Ender be broken?
I had forgotten how good this book was, and how great Card is as an author. Now I am ready to see the movie and celebrate the victory my son and I had so many years ago....more
A very charming book with a warm, good feel ending. That is what Bill Harley has created in the book, "Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year." TA very charming book with a warm, good feel ending. That is what Bill Harley has created in the book, "Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year." The main character, Charlie Bumpers, is a boy that, as the old saying goes, "if he did not have bad luck, he would have no luck at all." A fourth grader, who at the beginning of the school year, is assigned to a teacher that he fears. Her name is Mrs. Burke, and she was named "Teacher of the Year."
Well, as a third grader, Charlie got into trouble with Mrs. Burke for throwing a tennis shoe. He thought that his life was over, now that he was assigned to her class. He thought that maybe he could be reassigned to another teacher, but even his Mom and Dad were happy that Charlie was in her Mrs. Burke's fourth grade class.
Charlie tries very hard to please his teacher and stay out of trouble, but the more he tries, the more trouble he gets into. He feels that Mrs. Burke hates him, and will punish him for all the wrong doings that have occurred. Little does he realize that Mrs. Burke is pretty cool.
As I said before, the book is a fun read with a feel good ending. I think it is a great read for skilled 2nd graders, but a better read for 3rd and fourth graders.
I plan to do a book talk to my 3rd graders using Charlie Bumpers and the series of books by Bill Harley....more
Len Deighton has written some very wonderful historical fiction novels that are meticulous in historical detail and enjoyable fiction reads. "GoodbyeLen Deighton has written some very wonderful historical fiction novels that are meticulous in historical detail and enjoyable fiction reads. "Goodbye Mickey Mouse" is another of those books that tells the story of being an American Air Force pilot stationed in England in 1944. It tells the story of how they interacted with the people of the near by villages, the missions they flew and the loves they met and conquered while they were there.
A very colorful read with a few plot twists along the way. Good read for adults, and older young adults....more
Eighth grader Tomi is a Japanese American, living in Hawaii during 1941. The bombing of Pearl Harbor has not occurred yet, nor has the U.S. entered thEighth grader Tomi is a Japanese American, living in Hawaii during 1941. The bombing of Pearl Harbor has not occurred yet, nor has the U.S. entered the war. So life in Hawaii was quite normal.
Tomi lives with his mother and father, his grandfather and little sister Kimi. He has a great friend in Billy who is white anglo or what they called "Haoles." They are truly wonderful friends, but on December 7th, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, that friendship and those other kids on the island was tested.
Tomi's father was a fisherman, and was on his fishing boat during the attack. Once he returned to the port, he was taken from his boat and imprisoned for being a Japanese sympathizer. It now fell on Tomi's shoulders to try and prove that he and his family were not sympathetic to the Japanese cause, but in doing so, he felt the wrath of those doubters who did not trust them.
This is a wonderful story that tell of how the Japanese Americans were treated during World War II. How they were arrested and imprisoned in internment camps on the islands and in the United States mainland.
The author Graham Salisbury did a wonderful job of developing the characters and how they interacted with each other.
Great read for middle to older YAs. But even adults who like historical fiction will enjoy this book for its quality writing and story telling....more