Alicia Toczek sent this note back with the book “Women in Space” which she had donated: “In 1984, we honored women and I spent the day with Bonnie Dunbar as her hostess when she spoke in Denver. We were to have Sally Ride but she went up in space so NASA sent Bonnie. It was a wonderful experience.”
Books are wonderful. They may introduce you to a time and a subject completely new to you or they may bring back special memories. Delores Robinson sent a note back with a wonderful WWII story: “I was born in December 1938. Don’t remember the war but I do remember a big bonfire and dancing in the street at O’Neill when it was over.”
Mrs. Chilewski read the note and said she remembered the trains in Sacramento being full of soldiers and equipment and how they would stop occasionally to let soldiers off at the end of the war.
This book has lots of action and violence (as you would expect from a book about an enforcer). Wierdly, I only believed in the authenticity of the protagonist about 50% of the time. When Virgil is musing over his family and home, it feels very real. However, when he is referring to his job as an enforcer, he sometimes seems more like a caricature.
What is it like to be a teenage immigrant to the United States? Leaving behind your friends and all that you know to move to a country with different customs and a different language. This graphic novel does a great job of showing the difficulties and joys of making a new home.
This was masterfully written and formatted. The first short nine chapters are written in prose. Following a critical event, the story is told in verse with imaginative formatting. This is a story of hard times but with an inspiring and hopeful arc.
A gorgeous picture book starring Patience and Fortitude, the lions of New York City Library. A beautiful story of books and friendship.
The latest in the beloved Three Pines series is not set in Three Pines! Inspector Gamache and family have to duke it out with evil in the streets of Paris. Great characters and a fabulous plot provide the entertainment while the City of Light provides the atmosphere.
“A Winter’s Promise” by Christelle Dabos
A Winter’s Promise is the first in a quartet. Imaginative and exciting without the standard love triangle. This was a great beginning to a new series. Overall the translation from French to English is smooth with only a few minor bumps in the road. If you like magic and dragons, this one’s for you.
Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
This was first told as a story to calm down a frustrated child. A sweet, tender story of friendship with adventure but little danger, it would definitely work for a bedtime story.
Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard
This quick picture book is just spooky enough to be fun!