This is an adorable instructive book all about how to catch foxes! Of course, you'll want to take a good picture. And you'll need bait... and a ton ofThis is an adorable instructive book all about how to catch foxes! Of course, you'll want to take a good picture. And you'll need bait... and a ton of patience. A little girl explores the natural world while a wily fox stays just out of the frame of her pictures. Excellent addition to storytime repertoire - your listeners will spot that fox and find him on every page!...more
Jason is living a completely pedestrian life as a prof at a second-rate Chicago uni with a hottie wife and artistic teenage son. Sure, he's got regretJason is living a completely pedestrian life as a prof at a second-rate Chicago uni with a hottie wife and artistic teenage son. Sure, he's got regrets - who doesn't? - and wonders wistfully about all the what ifs. What if he'd stuck with his physics research instead of getting hitched and taking care of a son in the NICU? What if his super attractive wife had elected to remain single and devoted to her gifted artistic vision? Well, luckily for Jason he gets to FIND OUT. Because somewhere else in the multiverse, there IS a version of Jason who made a physics breakthrough and created the perfect Schrodinger's box. Combine that with a bit of drugs to help the human mind comprehend the infinite realities of space/time, and you have a nifty little traveling device that whisks Jason right over into a version of his life that he's completely unfamiliar with. As you might expect, getting "back" home is less straightforward than Jason had hoped. The emphasis here is on the cerebral aspects of alternate realities, not on character development. That's a missed opportunity here, because I think had the wife and kid been more fleshed out I would have been way more invested in Jason as a character himself. A Martian-style exploration of some complicated physics facts fused with Dan Brown-style mad pacing makes for a quick read that will be a fascinating talking point at your next cocktail party. ...more
Can you be haunted by something that hasn't happened yet? Cat thinks so. Her little sister Maya has cystic fibrosis and their family is moving to a neCan you be haunted by something that hasn't happened yet? Cat thinks so. Her little sister Maya has cystic fibrosis and their family is moving to a new, mysterious town for her health. Maya has made peace with the idea that she's never going to get better, but Cat sure hasn't. At the same time, Cat mourns what she's lost - friends, familiarity - but discovers that the town has a haunted past and mysterious secrets all of its own. The story culminates in a celebration of Día de los Muertos that's truly out of this world... where readers will come to understand, as Cat does, that a good life is truly what you make of it. Notable for the story's integration of Mexican culture as well as a frank portrayal of disability, this graphic novel is completely otherworldly in all the best ways. Young readers will go wild; better buy this one in multiples. ...more
Teen readers will be fascinated by this behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the last of the Romanovs. Tsar Nicholas had a childhood of indulgence aTeen readers will be fascinated by this behind-the-scenes look at the lives of the last of the Romanovs. Tsar Nicholas had a childhood of indulgence and neglect, as his father didn't bother to ensure he had any of the skills he would need to rule effectively. That pattern continued with his own children with Tsarina Alexandra - the four grand duchesses and Tsarevich Alexei - where their formal education was nearly nonexistent and they led such sheltered lives they could hardly function in general society. Their opulent, over-the-top lives are contrasted by stories interspersed in the narrative about how the Russian peasants and lower classes lived lives of starvation, desperation, and worse. Fleming builds readers' suspense up to the events of WWI and beyond, deftly switching between the gossip among the masses about the royal family's secluded lives and contrasting this with the abject poverty of the average Russian. Readers will be left wanting to know more about this period in world history, no easy feat for historical nonfiction aimed at this age group. ...more
Beaux-Arts beauty Audrey Munson rocketed to fame on her famous lower back dimples, but came crashing to the ground later in life due to scandal, intriBeaux-Arts beauty Audrey Munson rocketed to fame on her famous lower back dimples, but came crashing to the ground later in life due to scandal, intrigue, and consignment to a mental institution. Bone outlines the triumph and tragedy of professional model and actress Audrey Munson, who posed for seemingly every famous sculpture in the 1910s and was painted, fêted, and celebrated from coast to coast. Reaching her peak at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915, Audrey wasn't able to make the leap from model to actress very neatly. A murder done by her landlord caused uproar and scandal stuck to her like the diaphanous draperies of her posing days. And finally, the blow on her 40th birthday when her mother had Audrey committed. Worth reading to the very end (when biographer Bone confesses that the police were involved during his search for the truth about Audrey), this is probably the most American of stories: rags to riches and back again.
While none of the anecdotes will be unfamiliar to people who A) keep up with online trends or B) interact regularly with teenagers, the book as a wholWhile none of the anecdotes will be unfamiliar to people who A) keep up with online trends or B) interact regularly with teenagers, the book as a whole will be valuable to those who are interested in the socioeconomic effects of handheld mass media on today's youth. Perhaps most compelling are the stories of teen girls who see aspirational lifestyles on YouTube and Instagram and use them as a window to peer into the lives of the moneyed and privileged. The ability to trade photos and videos online collides with young people's sexuality and expression, and Sales explores this at length - perhaps more than any other topic in the book. Harassment is also explored, and how social media prompts the expansion of same into every facet of a teen's life, even in formerly safe spaces such as the home. There's one soundbite that I latched on to as my favorite part of the book: after about 5 days with no exposure to their smartphones, computers, and devices, young people were better able to interact in person and read other people's in-person body language. ...more