Friday, April 30, 2010
punch deep, hook fingers
into dark, dead-end of glove
braced in your coach’s belly –
soft, slow dig to the gut
as she cinches laces
tied and taped, you can’t pat
sweat from your face,
sweep hair from eyes
gloves turn hands dumb,
useless except for hammering
nose flush with cheekbone
testing for hollow
between rounds you beg
to have water
poured into your mouth,
tip your head back
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
I like to think of Shakespeare, not as when
In our London of the spacious time
He took all amorous hearts with honeyed rhyme;
Or flung his jest at Burbage and at Ben;
Or speared the flying follies with his pen;
Or, in deep hour, made Juliet`s love sublime;
Or from Lear`s kndness and Iago`s crime
Caught tragic hint of heaven`s dark way with men.
These were great memories, but he laid them down.
And when, with brow composed and friendly tread,
He sought the little streets of Stratford town,
That knew his dreams and soon must hold him dead,
I like to think how Shakespeare pruned his rose,
And ate his pippin in his orchard close.
-E.K. Chambers, author of The Elizabethan Stage( 4 vols.).
and William Sh.: A Study of Facts and Problems ( 2 vols.).
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The book itself is very well done. It's very interestingly told, reading like a story not like a history book. This version is the adaptation for kids of a longer book called Manhunt. The author has been interested in Lincoln since he was a little boy. I'm not sure which came first, the chicken or the egg in this case, but the author of this book was actually born on the same day (February 12th) as Lincoln. Not, of course, the same year.
The book gives some background information on Lincoln, his family, the Civil War, and the time period, but it mostly focuses on JWB. It talks about his background a little, his planning/reasoning, and his escape and the manhunt that followed. It includes a lot of pictures, which was really great. I was pretty fascinated, but at the same time the idea of anyone killing the president is just reprehensible. Even when I haven't liked the president, I never wanted anyone to kill him. It's horrifying.
It's a very suspenseful story and definitely kept this reader's attention. I wish there had been source notes in this book, though, to show how the author got his information. WOMS students always have to provide their source information, I was surprised that he did not. I assume it's all factual, but I have no evidence, really, except that the author says so. That's a disappointment in an otherwise very good historical work.
Available at the WOMS library.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
And what I really love is the beach, too. Although I'm not sure I could love anything called "eel". Have you ever seen one of those? They are something kind of creepy. Kind of cool, but kind of creepy. These are just eel grasses, though, so maybe...My favorite line here is
"The jingle shells that lie and bleach"
That is a fabulous image!
No matter what I say,
All that I really love
Is the rain that flattens on the bay,
And the eel-grass in the cove;
The jingle-shells that lie and bleach
At the tide-line, and the trace
Of higher tides along the beach;
Nothing in this place.
Poetry for Young People --
Thursday, April 15, 2010
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Happy birthday to both of you :)
Calpurnia is the only girl in a houseful of boys, so she has to put up with a lot of shenanigans and also has to learn to do man more "girly" things than she'd like. Her experiences of learning to cook and knit and tat (does anyone even know what that means anymore?) are hilarious and often made me laugh out loud as I was reading.
Each chapter begins with a quote from Darwin's Origin of the Species, and the title is a play on words based on his theories of evolution and Calpurnia's evolution as a young woman and as a scientist.
Calpurnia's character is extremely well developed, and I was very impressed when I read that this novel is this author's first book. I was also doubly impressed when I read she's also a lawyer AND a doctor. talk about over-achievers! Holy smokes.
People who like books about long ago, strong girls, or science are sure to love the journey through this novel. Available at the WOMS library.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
by Linda Sue Park
I lose myself within the book-walled maze,
with no end to the promises in sight,
through passages to many worlds and ways.
The aisles meander pleasantly. A craze
of unread pages beckons, tempts, invites;
I lose myself. Within the book-walled maze
a googolplex of lexical arrays
for exploration flanks me left and right.
True passages to many; worlds and ways
that lead to corners sharp with turns of phrase,
and tales both commonplace and recondite
to lose myself within. The book-walled maze
reveals its pleasures slowly, but repays
the debt of time in thousandfold delight—
through passages to many worlds, in ways
mapped out by words. A sudden blink of light:
It's checkout time—they’re closing for the night.
I'd lost myself within the book-walled maze,
through passages to many worlds and ways.
©2009 Linda Sue Park. All rights reserved.
Friday, April 09, 2010
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I’ve heard it in the chilliest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
Poetry for Young People -- Emily Dickinson
Gale -- a strong wind
Abash -- to astonish, to make feel ill at ease or self-conscious
Extremity -- a most difficult or dangerous time or situation
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Surface Tension - Brent Runyon. the story of a young man and his experiences with his family at their lake cabin 4 years in a row. It's interesting to see how he changes from year to year. Frankly, I liked him better when he was younger, but I'm pretty sure he's going to be OK when he grows up.
Gym Candy - Carl Deuker - Disturbing story of a HS football player who decides he needs to take steroids to be competitive. This book made me really want to keep reading! Steroids are nasty business, and Carl Deuker does NOT sugar coat anything about them in this story.
Change-Up - John Feinstein. another mystery with Stevie and Susan Carol, teen reporters who are always encountering a mystery at a major sporting event. Less tension in this one than some of the others, but I kind of liked it better.
Not to leave the girls out, I also read a couple books which are definitely more girly.
Dear Pen Pal - Heather Vogel Frederick is the third installment in her four book series, and just as much fun as the rest. For me, though, I wish I'd read the others closer to reading this one so I didn't forget some of the details about the characters. I really enjoy reading about these girls and I love how the author weaves in the books their group is reading with the rest of the plot. A great series that all the girls I know who've read it love.
Boys Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots - Abby McDonald The lovely people at Candlewick sent me an ARC of this book - I entered a contest and won! Very exciting stuff to find a new book in my mailbox, I'll tell you! And I loved this one. It's a coming of age story about a young woman who goes to spend the summer with her godmother up in Canada. She has some pretty firm ideals, but she learns that perhaps those won't necessarily hold up for everyone, and she learns some powerful lessons about judgment and trusting. This book deals with serious issues but also has some fine humor which keep it from being weighed down. I definitely recommend this book also.
I hope you'll have a chance to take a look at some of these books and let me know what you think! Leave me a comment or stop by the library. Enjoy :)
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
I am way behind on my reviewing, so I'm going to try and catch up by doing shorter reviews of a bunch of books at once. today, the grown up books, tomorrow the kid books. Here are four grown up books I've read lately.
The Game on Diet by Krista Vernoff and Az Ferguson, The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale, Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani, and Await Your Reply by Michael Chaon.
The Game on Diet is my current obsession. I'm playing this fitness challenge with 16 friends, and it is a LOT of fun. the focus is on creating good habits, about eating, exercise, sleeping, drinking water and life habits, like trying to stop procrastinating. You eat 5 small meals a day which have to include a carb, a protein, and a fat, and then you also eat veggies twice a day. I am loving it and hoping I'll be more fit when the four weeks ends!
The Actor and the Housewife by Shannon Hale was not my favorite Shanon Hale - I mean how can you beat Princess Academy and Book of a Thousand Days, but it was a fun story to read. Required a bit of suspension of disbelief, but it worked. I laughed and cried both in this book. Good beach read!
Lucia, Lucia is by Adriana Trigiani, an author I saw reviewed by Mrs. Yingling and She Who is Too Fond of Books both (see links to their blogs on the right!). I trust both those ladies, and they were spot on with this author. Great character development and loved the focus on fashion. It was so fun. I've started another by her now. Both on audio.
Await Your Reply is a strange one. It's on the best Books for Young Adults list, but you'd really have to be someone who's willing to persevere to stick with this one! It's a mystery that has three individual stories being told, but somehow the author manages to wrap them all together, and the reader's job is to try and figure out how. I sort of figured out how two of the stories were connected before I finished, but I never would have guessed the other. That's my adult book group choice for this month, so I'll be interested to see how others liked it.
Thanks for sharing your culture with us today, Katie, and your amazing talents in the library every day. You are a superstar!