I belong to a book club. One of the many benefits is that I read books I might not have chosen on my own. Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year, by David Von Drehle, is one of those titles. The premise of this book is that the year 1862 determined the outcome of the Civil War and cemented the reputation of Lincoln as one of our greatest presidents.
A friend of mine told me that a man had been bitten by a rabid bat not far from where she lives in Lee’s Summit. I was incredulous at first, but I looked it up online. Apparently, three bats have tested positive for rabies since June in Lee’s Summit. This caught my attention because I recently finished a book called Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus.
"I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse." - Auggie PullmanIn
In Wonder, an amazing book by R. J. Palacio, fifth grader Auggie Pullman is about to go to school with other kids for the first time in his life. He’s a bright, hardworking, Star Wars fan, a normal kid in every way – except for his face.