One of my all-time favorite genres in literature is the verse novel or book in verse. Verse novels often tackle difficult subjects and are far from boring. In fact, they are usually a faster read than prose and very hard to put down. One more page, then one more page leads to the novel’s end rather quickly. These are good for reluctant readers, Read More..
Imagine it is 1885. Now imagine you have just been sentenced to five years in the Idaho Penitentiary for murder. And now, imagine you are only ten years old! This is the situation Jake Evans finds himself in. He is officially prisoner #88 of the Idaho Territorial Penitentiary. Read More..
Just when we think there is nothing new written about Quantrill’s Raid on Lawrence, Kansas, a new historical fiction book appears that is truly exciting. Local (Overland Park) author Ronda Hassig has written a page-turner titled The Abduction of Jacob Rote. It is the story of a fourteen year old boy named Jacob Rote who was abducted Read More..
On August 30, 2013, America commemorated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This march was held in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. The year was 1963, a year noted for its racial unrest and civil rights demonstrations. Martin Luther King III was just five years old when his father, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his famous Read More..
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Step right up and read a remarkable true story of a gentle man and ten homeless dogs! If you love dogs and you love the circus, then Stay, The True Story of Ten Dogs by Michaela Muntean (introduction by Kate Dicamillo, author of Because of Winn-Dixie) is the book for you. Read More..
Patricia MacLachlan, best known for her book, Sarah Plain and Tall and sequels, has written a delightful new story. It’s about a boy, his grandmother and a very good dog. The book is titled The Truth of Me and will no doubt be a popular addition to her many highly praised books. The young boy in this story is Robbie, and he and his dog, Ellie, spend the summer Read More..
What do you like best about riding a bicycle? Is it the freedom of flying down the road, feeling the breeze against your skin? Do you thrill to go far and fast, using your own power? Pedal It! How Bicycles Are Changing the World by Michelle Mulder, is the book for you. Although some ride for pleasure only, many people in countries all over the world depend on bicycles to Read More..
Looking for that perfect book, one you can’t put down? Now add carnival life, ghosts, a dog, a pig and an amazing young girl named Bee. Now you have the making of such a book. Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco is that title. Beatrice, known as Bee, is an orphan living in a traveling carnival show. She and her caretaker, Pauline, live in the back of one Read More..
You’ve heard the expression “Dog is man’s best friend”. Dogs in the military truly live up to that and more. Known as MWD’S (Military Working Dogs), these highly valuable teammates have saved many soldiers’ lives. In the book, Dogs on Duty by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, the reader is privileged to witness the training and working of these incredible dogs. Read More..
Kathleen Krull has mastered the art of writing high-interest informational books for children. When you search for Kathleen Krull in our online catalog, you will soon discover a great variety of non-fiction titles based on historical events. Krull has written some 60 books, most notably biographies. Her award winning titles include: Read More..