What an incredible read! This very complicated plot with twists and turns would not work in the hands of a less skilled author.
Bo attends a private scWhat an incredible read! This very complicated plot with twists and turns would not work in the hands of a less skilled author.
Bo attends a private school. Like other members of the academy, he is deeply, emotionally troubled. Told from the perspective of Bo, who believes he is a time traveler, the reader has a grasp of what it is like to be so sadly marginalized.
Bo's reality of time travel is held firm in his mind because a young girl in his sub group, whom he loved, has committed suicide. Unable to face reality of what actually occurred, he holds fast to his belief that he is at fault for taking her back to Salem, MA during the time of the witch hunts, and abandoning her there.
Throughout the book we travel with Bo as he attempts to pluck the string of his journey to the 1600's wherein he can travel back and rescue her.
So well written, the reader at times believes Bo truly is able to time travel. As the story unfolds and increasingly, Bo must face his demons, the author shows the difficulty of reaching him.
Impacting not only Bo, but his family members, and the psychiatrist who devoutly tries to help Bo, again the author shines in her portrait of the sadness of mentally challenged individuals and those who are on the outside looking in.
At times, we like Bo, have no idea of what is really occurring, contrasted with what is in the imagination of Bo.
Both the writer and illustrator had family who traveled north from the Jim Crow south, seeking a better life and new opportunities.
This poetic book isBoth the writer and illustrator had family who traveled north from the Jim Crow south, seeking a better life and new opportunities.
This poetic book is a tribute to those who risked what was known, to travel to the unknown. Roughly six million African-Americans left the Deep South from approximately 1910's to 1970's — about half of black America at that time. The transition from a rural area into one of the fast paced life of industrialized cities, brought new opportunities, but also the insecurity of leaving families and a different life style behind....more
When a little child, Langston lived in Kansas with his elderly grandmother who admonished him not to play with other children. In the middle of milesWhen a little child, Langston lived in Kansas with his elderly grandmother who admonished him not to play with other children. In the middle of miles of fields, it reality it was not hard to do. The sheer loneliness was difficult. Abandoned by a mother who wanted to become a successful singer/dancer, and a father who fled the bonds of parenthood and moved to Mexico, this precocious child dug deep into himself and found solace in reading.
Eventually, he was taken in by another family. And, in this experience, he paints wonderful poems of food that is bountiful, of a place to stay that is lovely, and of the ability to find love and accept the sheer power of it all.
This book was used as the basis for the PBS series regarding Young Queen Victoria of England. One of the longest reigns, her early years were problemaThis book was used as the basis for the PBS series regarding Young Queen Victoria of England. One of the longest reigns, her early years were problematic. She reigned from 1837 to 1901—the second longest reign of any other British monarch in history.
A overbearing, exceedingly controlling mother raised her under the "Kensington System", which was a very hard fast system or rules set in order to keep her at Kensington palace away from all. Leaning on the advice of Sir John Conroy, her mother's advisor, both crippled her socially.
At the age of 18, she ascended to the throne, young, lacking knowledge regarding how to govern, and with a very stubborn will, Victoria managed to put her mother aside and dramatically cut the ties to her mother's control. Her first act of defiance was to shut her mother away from the meeting when Victoria was told of her Queenship.
This fascinating look at young Victoria. I confess that I knew very little of Queen Victoria. This book provided an excellent springboard to learn more....more
Four little children live in a snug little house far north. And, as the story continues they are cared for by their kindly grandmother. Outside of theFour little children live in a snug little house far north. And, as the story continues they are cared for by their kindly grandmother. Outside of the house is a scythe, letting the reader know that something is happening inside. And inside, are the four children who know that the man dressed in black is death. Death is sitting at the table with them, and as long as he is there, the children believe they can keep him at bay and leave their grandmother alone.
Death is plied with coffee, lots of it. Death is kept company through a lot of questions. And finally, the question asked is "Oh, Death," "Our grandmother is so dear to us, why does she have to die?"
In a wonderful, beautiful manner, death tells the children of the poignancy of life. There is no joy without sorrow. And it is in the power of great love that we find grief and the strength to continue to live while letting go.
And thus, death teaches the children that in order to fully enjoy sun, there must be rain. Together, they stand by grandmother's bed and the words "Cry, Heart, But Never Break" are spoken.
While it may seem that this is a trite book with sugary words, in fact, death teaches us all a lesson. It is with a full heart of love that we are able to grieve and know that in our love the spirit lives on.
This is a wonderful book for children, and adults, for anyone who has felt the sting of death and the easing balm of memories....more