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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...

Monday, January 28, 2008

I happened upon a little fun book called Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt by James Putnam (932). Since I'm going there in March, I enjoyed all the fun and serious stuff in the uniquely illustrated quick read.

Sue N., Youth Services

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A Thousand Splendid Suns

by Khaled Hosseini
Monday, January 28, 2008

This second novel by the author of The Kite Runner again takes readers to is birthplace of Afghanistan. This time it is the story of two women a generation apart who come together under the most dire...

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