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Monday, January 28, 2008

I was raised in a home that my parents built when I was 5 years old.So I know the history of the house.I currently live in a home built in 1927 and I often wonder about the history of the house. I know a little of the history through the original deed I was given when we purchased the house.For instance, the property was originally owned by one of the McPherson brothers of Howell.Technically I live in the McPherson subdivision in Lansing.But what I really wonder about is the people who lived there before us and what their lives where like.I want that personal glimpse into the past….

When Hope was 8 years old, her mother was killed in a car...

Monday, January 28, 2008

Children’s librarians and lovers of children’s books eagerly await the annual announcement of the Caldecott winner.The Caldecott Medal is given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.The 2008 winner is ...

Maus (I & II)

by Art Spiegelman
Monday, January 28, 2008

A memoir of sorts, presented in graphic novel (cartoon) format.

Maus ties together two powerful stories: Vladek Spiegleman - a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son - a cartoonist trying to come to terms with his father. The unique style allows the reader to experience Vladek's tale as he is relating it to his son.

This is the first graphic novel I have ever read - although I read lots of comic books as a kid! The conversational tone allowed bits of history to be interspersed with household chores. I felt as if I knew the Spiegelman family by the end.

Sue A 2, Reference

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Water for Elephants

by Sara Gruen
Monday, January 28, 2008

Jacob Jankowski, the narrator and main character, is over 90 years old and tells the story of his life with the circus in the 1930’s. His parents died in an auto accident just before he was to take his final exams in veterinary medicine at Cornell University. Because his parents had mortgaged everything to pay his tuition, he was left destitute. In his despair, he ran away and found himself eventually accepted as the veterinarian for the Benzini Brothers Circus. He falls in love with a star performer who is the wife of the cruel animal...

Evil Genius

by Catherine Jinks
Monday, January 28, 2008

Here's the description from amazon (which is better than a description I could come up with!):

"Cadel Piggott has a genius IQ and a fascination with systems of all kinds. At seven, he was illegally hacking into computers. Now he's fourteen and studying for his World Domination degree, taking classes like embezzlement, misinformation, forgery, and infiltration at the institute founded by criminal mastermind Dr. Phineas Darkkon. Although Cadel may be advanced beyond his years, at heart he's a lonely kid. When he falls for the mysterious and brilliant Kay-Lee, he begins to question the moral implications of his studies for the first...

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