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Masterminds & wingmen : helping our boys cope with schoolyard power, locker-room tests, girlfriends, and the new rules of Boy World

Friday, November 20, 2015
Wiseman, Rosalind
Masterminds & wingmen : helping our boys cope with schoolyard power, locker-room

Like many parents I read many parenting books, tryng to find the elusive answer to dealing with whatever is going on with my boys.  Masterminds and Wingmen doesn't read like a parenting book.  It is an eyeopener.  Written by the author of Queen Bees & Wannabes which helped parents of girls.  Masterminds helps parents of boys gain insight into what the heck they are thinking and feeling.  I am only half way through and it has changed how I see my boys.  We have made huge improvements in how we encourage girls to step out of the traditional role.  This book talks about the box we have kept our boys in and the emotional cost they are paying for it.  This book addresses issues and lets us hear from boys in the situations.  Definately a must read for any parent or teacher of a boy. Check our Catalog



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Out of My Mind

Monday, September 21, 2015
Sharon Draper
Out of My Mind

Melody is a young girl with a lot to say.  Melody can’t speak so no one can hear what she is thinking.  She can’t write, nor can she physically express herself clearly.  She has cerebral palsy.  She is so frustrated at everyone treating her as if she were dumb, if they only knew!  In fifth grade she is able to move out of the class for the kids with “disabilities” and get mainstreamed for a few hours of the day.  She is in heaven not being asked to relearn the alphabet yet again, to actually be able to learn.   With the help of those close to her she gets a Medi-Talker, a computer that she can program to be her voice.  With this technology she is able to participate in classes and even in Whiz Kids.  The book is Melody’s autobiography.   She is eloquent.   It is painful to hear her frustrations and how she is seen by others and how she is treated, even when she is able to speak for herself.  If you read Wonder you will appreciate Out of my Mind.  It truly should be required reading for all of us who need a dose of gratitude for how good we have it and for appreciating what those different from us have to offer.

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Cindy A., Circulation

 

Bear Feels Scared

Friday, June 5, 2015
Karma Wilson
Bear Feels Scared

If you haven't read Karma Wilson's books yet-get started with her Bear books.  The rhythm and language is addicting.  The classic is Bear Snores On, of course, but Bear gets into all kinds of situations in the series.  Bear Feels Scared is all about Bear venturing a bit far and feeling scared.  His friends worry about him and go searching "through the wild, wet, weather".  If Wilson isn't already one of your favorites she will be after meeting Bear.

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Cindy A., Circulation

Too Far

Monday, April 13, 2015
Mike Lupica
Too Far
   I don't follow sports. I don't read about sports generally.  This, though it is about sports, is more a terrifying suspense novel.  Ben Mitchell, has retired from journalism due to the terrible consequence of an important piece he wrote.  Wanting to get the story out there first, disregarding calls for compassion.  A young high school journalist seeks him out with what looks like a great story. 
 
  The high school basketball team is having a great season.  It looks like two of it's superstars are going onto BIG stuff.  But, there seems to be some ugliness.  The death of the team manager sparks the intrepid reporter into investigating what looks like horrific hazing. 
 
   This is a great read.  Makes you want to hold your kids close and protect them from those you entrust them with- their coaches, their teammates.
 
 
Cindy A., Circulation
 
 

Someone Named Eva

Monday, February 9, 2015
Wolf, Joan M
Someone Named Eva

This is one of the stories we don't talk about.  Throughout history we do horrific things during times of war.  This story shares on a very personal level the efffects of the Lebensborn Program during WW II.  Children from various countries were taken from their families and raised to become good German citizins.  They were trained in the language and culture before being adopted out to German families.  This tells the fictional story of a young girl, Milada,  taken from the village of Lidice, Czechoslovakia which has historical significance.  Through Milada we can empathizes with children who were traumatized in a lesser known way by war.  Very compassionately written.  Check our Catalog

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Born To Fly

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Michael Ferrari
Born To Fly

Bird McGill at eleven years old is determined to be a fighter pilot.  We are at war with the Japanese and her father, who believes his daughter can do anything, is off flying missions.  Bird becomes friends with the most unlikely child, a Japanese boy whose parents have been interned out of fear.  They suspect a spy is living in their little town and fight the higher forces to prove it and save the President from being killed.  My son and I loved this action packed story.  The feel of having control of a P-40 Warhawk and testing your self with those that believe in you being at your shoulder is incredible.  Ferrari was inspired to write this after seeing a little girl's hopes being deflated by being told by an older brother that she couldn't become a fighter pilot.  This is an excellent story for anyone who needs a little encouragement to keep believing in making their dreams become reality. Check our Catalog

Cindy A., Circulation

The Christmas Boot

Friday, November 28, 2014
Lisa Wheeler
The Christmas Boot

My mother has always collected Christmas story books.  I have grown my own collection to enjoy with my boys.  This is a tale full of wonder suited to the season.   It combines the talents of Lisa Wheeler who we greatly enjoy reading and local artist, Michael Glenn Monroe, who partners with a few of our local writers to bring to life their words.  This is a very simple story, but it always brings tears to my eyes that our desires and needs can be met when we know to ask and trust.  Check our catalog.

Cindy A., Circ.

Endangered

Friday, September 26, 2014
Eliot Schrefer
Endangered

Sophie is back visiting her mom for the summer.  On the ride from the airport to the Bonobo sanctuary her mom established she stops at the sight of a man selling a very distressed infant Bonobo.  Thinking she is helping, she buys the infant and takes it to the sanctuary.  Her good deed undoes work her mom had done to decrease the killing of adults to acquire infants to sell.  The infant slowly bonds with Sophie as she becomes his surragote mother.  Civil war breaks out and Sophie must choose to save herself and go back to her father in the U.S. or stay so the baby Bonobo has a chance of survival.   Eliot Schefer describes beautifully this matriarchal Bonobo society and how we are effecting it.  His description of the fictional civil war in the Congo is graphic.  This is an amazing book, describing a place and animals few of us will ever experience with exquisite care and love.  It was a finalist for the Natioonal Book Award.

I am now reading aloud to my boys Schrefer's amazing book Threatened.  It is entirely different as it is set in Gabon and describes life there and the aggressive chimpanzee population.  If you care about the environment, primates, our realtionship to other species, are interested in life in African countries you must read these two works of art.  Check our Catalog

Cindy A., Circ.

On My Honor

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Marion Dane Bauer
On My Honor

With maturing boys in the house we talk frequently about choices and their consequences, about character.  As a mother,  reading the story of Joel and his friend, I cringed at the choices made.  I know my sons could easily find themselves in a similar situation.  Things can get out of control easily.  This is truly a great read for upper elementary and middle school students.  Let them live out the choices in the safety of the imaginary world of Joel rather than suffer the similar consequences in real life. Check our Catalog

Cindy A., Circ.

The Boy Who Dared

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Susan Campbell Bartoletti
The Boy Who Dared
The Boy Who Dared is based on the true story of a German boy, Helmuth Hubener, that was forced to join the Hitler Youth.  He speaks truth to power in a time of deadly consequences.  This should be a must read.  This book tells the little known history of what life was like for the German people leading up to war.  Systematically rights were taken away and loyalty to country was questioned.  Young Helmuth listens to a banned radio station and prints flyers to distribute, telling his community the truth the Nazis are hiding.  This is powerful stuff.  Check our catalog.
 
Cindy A., Circ.
 

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