One of the hardest lessons we learn through life is that being different is perfectly alright. If we were all the same, the world would be severely boring. In the book, A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan, we meet a boy who wakes up with a bunny on his head, whom he promptly names Fred.
As the boy eats breakfast, his mom tells him he has a great big bunny on his head. Fred rushes to the boy’s defense and starts to name some things he can do with a bunny on his head, and soon the boy jumps into the conversation. One thing you can do is say Oui, Oui with a bunny on your head.
On June 17, the Camden Point Adult Book Club will be discussing The Good Father by Noah Hawley.
Dr. Paul Allen is trying to figure out if his 20-year-old son, Daniel, shot and killed a presidential hopeful. Convinced of his son’s innocence, Paul begins to trace his steps to see where Daniel, or perhaps Paul, went wrong. So begins a harrowing journey about the responsibilities of being a parent and the capacity for unconditional love in the face of an unthinkable situation.
Young Adult Fiction for the Vampirically-Challenged
Hey, all you moms and dads out there! Are you tired of all the edgy young adult fiction? Try leaving vampires, zombies, and the apocalypse behind, and check out these realistic reads for young adults -- just in time to get your teen geared up for Summer Reading Program!
Earlier in the month, John Twelve Hawks’ The Traveler was the first book to pop into my head when National Get Caught Reading month was mentioned to me. The Chase by Clive Cussler was the second. I have to say, it has one of the most intriguing beginnings to a story.
Emily and Einstein is a book about a man who has lived a life of lies with his wife. He is on his way to tell her he wants a divorce when he is killed in an accident. Emily is devastated at his loss and is trying all she can to hold her life together. In her grief, she finds comfort in a scruffy dog named Einstein.
When her mother moves them from New York City to a small town, Penny’s life changes drastically. Penny’s mom opens a cupcake bakery, and Penny is required to help. To make matters worse, Penny has left behind her life as she’s known it, along with her father. And then there’s Charity, the girl who plays mean pranks on Penny almost daily. There are some bright spots in Hog’s Hollow: like Tally, an expert in Rock Paper Scissors, and Marcus, the boy who is always running on the beach.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
June’s masterpiece was written by Frederick Douglass: slave, orator, and abolitionist. His narrative is considered one of the most important and influential writings of the abolitionist movement of the early nineteenth century in the United States. First published in 1845, Frederick Douglass’s Narrative "is an enlightening and incendiary text. Born into slavery, Douglass became the preeminent spokesman for his people during his life; his narrative is an unparalleled account of the dehumanizing effects of slavery and Douglass’s own triumph over it." (Random House Publishers)
I love books with a strong sense of place that satisfy my wanderlust and current frame of mind. Right now, I'm in a "gotta get outta here" kind of way -- ready to get far away from school, work, the city, and the house. And, not just any destination will do. I've gone beyond thinking of Midwestern daytrips; I'm dreaming of exotic locales. That's why my new book love, Bay of Fires, fits the bill -- as in Bay of Fires National Park, Tasmania.
I know there was a lot of controversy with W. Paul Young's first book, The Shack. Many people read this book as nonfiction or as a true depiction of God. However, it was not meant to be read as nonfiction. The Shack is fictional or made up. So, let's get past that, or you won't be interested in reading his first or second book. I really enjoyed and was touched by The Shack, so I was surprised when I found another book by W. Paul Young on the "New Book" shelf recently.
Whenever there is a tragic school shooting, the first question that people ask is "why?" Why would someone walk into their school and begin killing their classmates and teachers? The easiest explanation, and the one that I think comforts people the most, is that the shooters were just plain evil, troubled kids that were destined to do something horrible. Afterwards, most people only look at what could have been done to prevent these monsters from committing their inevitable crime.