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Life in Downers Grove in the 1950s seems as calm and staid as any other small town. Tommy's family, however, is struggling. In the months following the birth of her 4th baby Mom is becoming more and more out of control. Wild mood swings, violent behavior, and depression turn her into someone he doesn't know. His eldest sister, Mary Lou, protects him until she has an accident that puts her in the hospital for months. The pressure on Tommy is enormous and his behavior goes from mild bullying to out and out meanness. Relationships change in town when a copy of the Daily Worker surfaces bringing the reality of the McCarthy witch hunts front and center. Tommy is smack in the middle of it all. This is a beautifully written story of a bully whose behavior spirals out of control as his life unravels before him.
"From a tiny acorn grows the mighty oak" goes the familiar adage, which could not be more apropos for this title. After a child plants an acorn back in 1775, over two hundred years of an oak tree's life are followed through seasonal and cultural changes. Comfortable and clean pencil and paint illustrations focused on the tree trace the development of the home and the town around it, until a dramatic recent event. Kids will identify more and more transformations through history on the double-spread pages with each rereading. Up to Seven. -Todd Krueger
Whether you know a lot or a little about Russian history you will be enthralled listening to this audio. Beginning with the introduction, "Before you begin" which explains terms and concepts used throughout the book this well researched work brings to life what this ill-equipped family faced or ignored in their lifetime. The opulence of the Romanovs is brought into sharp contrast with the poverty of most of the people they ruled. Superbly narrated by Farr and others it is a fascinating account of a doomed family in power. Excellent for the high school students who loves history- and for those who just want an absorbing and engrossing real life story. Maria E. Gentle Ages 14+,
Not many authors make for excellent narrators of their own works. Jacqueline Woodson is one of the exceptions. With a perfect pitch and most eloquent voice she narrates this collection of poetry that is mostly biographical. We learn a lot about this prolific and popular author and what it was like to grow up in the sixties and seventies partly in the South and partly in the North. No wonder her writing is always from the heart, having had loving grandparents and other relatives who looked out for her. An inspiration to any girl who wants to be a writer and a listening pleasure for young and old alike. Maria E. Gentle Ages 10+
Quotes from interviews, photos, works of art, and emails create a vivid verbal and visual portrait of Addison Stone, the troubled but genius teen artist whose mysterious death left grieving fans and unanswered questions behind. This unique format, both compelling and convincing, will have readers googling to see if Stone actually existed, especially as the author places herself in the narrative as someone who met Stone and is trying to get to the bottom of her death. Fourteen and Up. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies