Hair for Mama is a story of a young boy whose mother has cancer. The family is preparing to take a family picture, and Marcus wants his mother to be happy, so he sets out to find her some hair. Even though the plan doesn’t work in quite the way he expects, he learns a very important lesson.
A couple of coworkers and I have set a goal to read all the Gateway Award nominees for 2013-2014. We just finished reading Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetus. It is an amazing historical fiction book. It is set in Lithuania in the early 1940s and it follows 15-year-old Lina as she and her family are taken by Soviets and forced into labor camps.
900 Miles from Nowhere: Voices from the Homestead Frontier
With springtime weather upon us, can a genealogy road trip be far behind? Maybe it is time to take what you have learned from your research and set off to follow in the footsteps of your ancestors. There is nothing quite like visiting the towns or farms they inhabited to help see through their eyes. You don’t want to miss the local cemetery, either!
The 2013 Scholastic…Almanac for Kids is such a cool book packed with lots of great information. It contains several different sections that are loaded with useful facts, figures, stats, and lots of really neat pictures. This almanac is a good resource for homework help, as it contains interesting facts for a wide range of subjects.
This is a wonderful source for trivia buffs or a perfect reference for students. If your kid has questions, this book has lots of answers.
Leave No Stone Unturned is the first book in the Lexie Starr Mystery Series. The author resides in Bonner Springs, Kansas and begins the story in her home state. It isn’t long, however, before Alexandria Marie Starr (known as Lexie) travels to New York to learn more about her newly acquired son-in-law, Clay. It seems he is hiding a past that could potentially be fatal to her only daughter.
For those of you researching ancestors in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as for travelers, I recommend reading The Hidden Europe: What Eastern European Can Teach Us by Francis Tapon. This is a new book published in 2012, gives entertaining insight about countries across Eastern and Central Europe, from Eastern Germany and Finland to Turkey and Russia. Together it takes the reader through 25 countries. The audience will learn in a humorous and open way how people in these countries see the world, what they think, and how they feel about the things.
Book Club to Discuss Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author
As I read The Marriage Plot by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeffrey Eugenides, the story hit so close to home portraying young college graduates’ first forays into the working world, love, and the search for identity that I found it painful to read. Painfully true. Painfully moving. Painfully beautiful.
Thursday’s Mystery Book Club discussed The Complaints by Ian Rankin. This book introduces us to Malcolm Fox. He’s a detective working in the complaints, which is the equivalent to internal affairs here in the U.S. He’s given the assignment to investigate Officer Jamie Breck. Just as he starts looking into Breck, Fox gets a phone call…from Breck.