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Weekly Reads

Week of Dec. 11, 2017

 

History of the Jolly Old Elf

by Scott D. Strawn

 

Okay, you know he wears a red suit, has a slight weight problem, has elves for employees, travels the globe once a year and is ever so jolly.  But who is Santa really?  How did he get to be in charge of North Pole Operations?  And what’s up with his mode of transportation?  Reindeer?  Really?  Maybe some of these titles will shed light on the matter.

 

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Dinner at the Movies

by Scott D. Strawn

 

It’s that time of the year when most of us are planning to have people over for dinner.  Family, friends, food...what could go wrong?  Hopefully nothing.  There’s always a chance, however, that the “perfect” dinner will turn into one that will be remembered for better or worse.  Need some examples?  Check these films out.

 

Dinner at the Ritz, 1937, 20th Century Fox

 

    

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Horror stories for youth are often considered silly or frivolous, something to be partaken around the campfire while making s’mores.  There are, however, collections of well written horror stories both old and new, stories that offer a bit of a challenge for the reader as well as enjoyment.  These titles are meant for the junior set but Mom and Dad can read them too…if they dare!

Ask the Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World, selected and adapted by Arielle North Olson and Howard Schwartz with illustrations by David Linn

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“Boo” Time!

It’s that time of year when the world gets a little bit scary - skeletons in windows, tombstones on lawns, pictures of monsters everywhere.  For those older pre-school kids there might be a bit of a struggle to understand what’s going on.  Their caregivers might struggle to introduce the kids to Halloween customs without spooking them (pun intended).  Here are some titles that are more giggles than gross, more fun than fear. 

Monster Trucks by Anika Denise with illustrations by Nate Wragg

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Well, That’s Stupid!

by Scott D. Strawn

 

“Stupid is forever.”  “Stupid is as stupid does.”  We’ve all seen, heard or read something that made us shake our heads, sigh and mumble something to the effect that: “Well, that’s stupid.”  Sometimes it’s enough to astonish us and sometimes it just makes us laugh.  Regardless, we know deep down in our hearts that whatever it is, someone, somewhere, at some time will top it.  Don’t believe that? Try reading these titles.

Stupid History, by Leland Gregory

 

     

 

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Strange Notes

by Scott D. Strawn

 

“Music is food for the soul,” or so the saying goes.  Music lovers would definitely agree with the sentiment.  Lovers of classic music would tell you that music can be a wondrous feast.  However, sometimes what’s being served can come with a bit of “unique” background.  Sometimes the stories behind the making of musical masterpieces can be a little bit strange.

Who Knew?  Answers to Questions About Classical Music You Never Thought to Ask, by Roberta A. Cutietta.

 

     

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There’s Nothing Like a Book!

 

 

Books.  There’s nothing like them.  Is there anything better than relaxing in your favorite chair, with your favorite drink or snack, and a good book?  How about relaxing in your favorite chair, with your favorite drink or snack and a good book about good books?  Now that’s the ticket.  Here are some titles to help you with that goal.

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary by Allison Hoover Bartlett

 

     

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Happy Birthday!  You have a birthday?  Of course you do.  Everybody does.  It might not be right now but sooner or later, as the year goes by, you’re going to be blowing out the candles on the cake and eyeing those gifts.  You might be a little young to understand the concept so here are some books the big folks can share with you.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday? by Jane Yolen with illustrations by Mark Teague

 

     

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Reading in the Real World

by Scott D. Strawn

 

All right!  Enough of the reading about half-clothed superheroes.  Enough reading about aliens from another planet or elves from other realms.  Enough about the love at first glance that can overcome all.  How about some reality folks?  How about reading about some of the real world events taking place?  How about reading world events that helped create the world we live in?  How about some titles like these?

 

Alone, by Brett Archibald

 

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The Most Loyal of Friends

by Scott D. Strawn

 

They are our friends and our helpers.  They guide us in the dark, keep us going when we’re down, entertain and befriend our youngsters, and know when we’re sad.  All they ask of us is a little care and attention.  Cats, dogs, horses, and other animals are unquestionably part of our society.  And when that society goes to war,   they are there too. 

Faithful Elephants, by Yuko Tsuchiya (translated by Tomoko Tsuchiya Dykes) with illustrations by Ted Lewin

     

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They’re Still Winners

by Scott D. Strawn

 

A book wins the Newbery Award.  Almost instantly, all the copies of the book sell out, the book goes into another printing and it’s almost certain that the book will be on every school reading lists across the country.  In fact most lists are filled with “winners.”  But wait, there are some titles on the lists that aren’t Newbery winners.  There are those books that fill the lists, ones that almost everyone would assume would have been winners that never received the prize or even an honor.

Weekly Reads: Cooking with Your Favorite Characters

Cooking with Your Favorite Characters

by Scott D. Strawn

 

 

You’ve known them all your life (or so it seems).  They’ve been with you through good times and bad.  Okay, so maybe they’re not real, but does that really matter?  You spent time watching them on screen (both small and big).  Wouldn’t it be nice just to be able to sit down with them and share a meal?  Maybe you can with the help of these titles.

 

Aunt Bee’s Mayberry Cookbook, by Ken Beck and Jim Clark

 

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Teaching the Struggle

The fight for Civil Rights in the United States during the 1960’s was a time of struggle to overcome discrimination, intolerance and inequality.  It was a time of resistance to hatred and violence.  It was also a time of victories (both small and large) and pride.  It was a time that would transform a nation and uphold its promise of hope and freedom. 

 

We March, by Shane W. Evans

Weekly Reads: Romantic Movies

Little Romance

by Scott D. Strawn

It’s that time again guys and this year you can really come through.  Yes, remember the flowers, the candy and the dinner reservations for Valentine’s Day.   But to show her that you’re more than a one-day-a-year romantic?  Try sharing some time with her before or after that day.  Maybe share a romantic film, maybe one of these classics.

Casablanca, Warner Brothers 1942

Weekly reads: Jail break movie ideas

Getting Away

by Scott D. Strawn

 

Your life getting you down?  Feel like you’re a prisoner of your daily routine?  Can’t seem to escape?  It really can’t be that bad, can it?  Relax, think about this:   your life can’t possibly be worse than those actually incarcerated, can it?  Need something to compare your life to so that you can feel better about it?  Try one of the following films. Now these guys really need an escape.

 

Cool Hand Luke, Warner Brothers 1967

 

 

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Notable Young Adult Books of 2016

by Scott D. Strawn

 

What a year!   All the stresses of school, sports, school clubs, science projects, special assignments, band, working a part time job, keeping up with your friends and family, getting ready for graduation, when the heck is one supposed to have time to read?  Yet reading is fundamental to the human experience.  Encountering others’ experiences throughout time and over the continents and distance is essential.  Reading is also a powerful form of relaxation.  Here are some titles from last year. 

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Happy (but Deadly) New Year

 

The bubbly is chilled and ready to be poured.  The noise makers and funny hats are standing by.  Everyone is watching the last minutes of the old year tick away and anticipating the possibilities of the new one.  Finally, the bells start to toll…one…two…three…a shot…looks like this New Year is starting off with blood…

 

Murder at Midnight, by C. S. Challinor

 

Weekly Reads; Hanukkah Romance

Hanukkah Romance

by Scott D. Strawn

 

Holidays – they bring families and friends together.  But with nights by the fireplace, and lighting by candles, the winter can be the perfect atmosphere for romance as well.  And what if a holiday extends for several nights?  Here are five titles that examine love during all eight nights of Hanukkah.

 

Lighting the Flames: A Hannukah Story, by Sarah Wendell

 

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