Sunday, September 23, 2012

Great new book!

Kerrie Logan Hollihan brings the women's suffrage movement to life in the informative and inspiring Rightfully Ours – How Women Won the Vote. Throughout the book, Hollihan weaves a clear and fascinating picture of the times, culture, and historical events behind the struggle. Against this context, she tells the stories of the heroic women who fought the battle for equality: Lucy Stone, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, and many others. These surprisingly intimate portraits make the women of the movement real and relevant for today's young readers. A wealth of illustrations and photographs supplement the text. The book also includes a good mix of appealing activities designed to help kids understand the times and relate to the suffragists. Highly recommended! You can get it from Amazon 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

I'm waiting....

…for somebody to make a Cats in Trouble movie. Or even better…a television series. I love the characters in these books – human, feline, and canine! (Check out the latest book in the series here.)  The mysteries are always intriguing and fun. There's plenty of action as well as lots of quieter "real" moments of emotion and personal interaction. And Mercy, South Carolina is a setting I'd like to see brought to life. I guess until someone realizes the potential of these books, I'll just have to wait…for the next one!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Intriguing Mystery and More!

The Carousel Ghost is a compelling mystery and ghost tale as well as a relatable and realistic story about friendship. Young readers will enjoy the amusement park setting, the great characters (both live and…well…not), the creepiness, and the twists and turns of this well-constructed mystery. Ms. Pelleschi keeps the story moving along so well that it's hard to put down – even for an adult reader. The main character's efforts to deal with changing relationships in her life are authentic and moving. Highly recommended!