Cindy A.

Captain Fantastic (DVD)

Friday, February 10, 2017
Captain Fantastic
You are going to love Viggo Mortensen in this.  He plays the passionate father of six who is home schooling to the extreme in the mountain forest.  The eldest played wonderfully by George MacKay.  As all teens will do, he challenges the value of the extraordinary physical and intellectual education his parents have been providing to the exclusion of modern cultural values.  For any one who is passionate about preparing their children for the world this movie speaks to the challenges of how we pass on our values.
 
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The bookseller of Kabul

Friday, December 16, 2016
Asne Seierstad
The bookseller of Kabul
I love reading books about other worlds and cultures.  This one is extraordinary.  Seierstad was in Afghanistan with the military when she wandered into a bookshop in Kabul.  Intrigued with the owner she proposed joining his home to enable her to tell their story.  She writes with respect and graciousness of life, in particular, for women in a culture and religion most of us westerners know nothing about.  She is able to tell the story with little judgement, but lets it speak for itself and gives voice to what the various members of the family experience, think, and feel.
 

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The Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell

Thursday, August 25, 2016
John Crawford
The Last True Story I’ll Ever Tell

An Accidental Soldier's Account of the War in Iraq

 

I went to university with guys that were paying for school by playing soldier a couple weekends a month. They loved it. Loved the weekends. Loved getting out of school debt free. Then we went to war and the government changed the deal. The National Guard was transformed into an active duty arm of the military. Reading John Crawford’s story hit home.

He tells the story of our Guardsmen who did not sign up to go to war. They were kept for longer tours than some of their career counterparts. They were not as well equipped nor supported. He tells a painful story from the point of view of a young soldier, not from a journalistic or political perspective. It is enlightening and informative.

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Cindy A., Circulation

 

Stargirl

Monday, May 2, 2016
Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl

I have middle school boys. The pressure to conform is enormous. We used to live in a subdivision that had a list of approved house colors and pages of rules regarding when and where you could do things. The rules are written and unwritten, but make no mistake--we are surrounded by the message to conform.

In Spinelli’s book, Stargirl arrives at the high school and seems unaware that there even are these expectations of conformity. What freedom! It becomes contagious within the school until a line is crossed.

This is a wonderful story that will challenge every reader to be just a little bit truer to the self they are when they first wake up.

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Cindy A., Circulation

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Monday, April 18, 2016
Jeanne Theoharis
The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Like many I thought I knew the Rosa Parks story of not giving up her seat and starting the bus boycott in Montgomery. This book gave the events so much more depth and perspective. This biography covers more than the few days in her life that the world thinks it knows. In this book we learn how the activist was created from a young age and continued her fight until her death.

It doesn’t paint a pretty picture of iconic figures and brings to light much of what happened behind the scenes that many didn’t want brought to light.

This was a fascinating read about a woman that is worth many fuller books than a few grade school picture books have reduced her to for the public. Rosa Parks still has much to teach us. If you are at all interested in civil rights and/or feminism, this is a wonderful read.

 

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Cindy A., Circulation

Never Fall Down

Friday, March 11, 2016
Patricia McCormick
Never Fall Down

I cried.

Arn was about 11 years old when the Khmer Rouge took control of Cambodia. We follow him through years of starvation, fear, and death. He was a spirited, fun loving boy doing everything to help his family do a little more than scrape by before the killing took over his world. This is what enabled him to survive, performing, acting the part, doing the unimaginable to survive one more day.

If you have not read a genocide survivor story before, prepare your heart. Even when he has been adopted and living in America, he struggles with what he has to do to survive being rescued. The author did her research and based this novel on the real life of young Arn Chorn-Pond, who has since founded several organizations: Children of War, Cambodian Living Arts, and Cambodian Volunteers Community Development.

I read a lot of books related to genocide. This is one of the very best. It is powerful. I think sometimes we get lost in the overwhelming numbers or the cold description of atrocities. Perhaps, because this happened in Cambodia, so close to where I spent years in China. Perhaps, because I can see my son in Arn’s personality. Perhaps, because it wasn’t a European Holocaust story that seems so known. Arn’s story is going to be haunting me for a long time.

 

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Cindy A., Circulation

Prisoner B-3087

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Gratz, Alan
Prisoner B-3087

Based on the life of Jack Gruener we gain the experience of a young Jewish Pole.  Incredibly, he experienced and survived the Holocaust; the initial sweeps, the ghetto, and ten different concentration camps.  Told from Jack's perspective we see things not as cold history, but heart wrenching pain of a young boy robbed of his youth and what he forfeits of his humanity to survive. The story seems so unlikely, you think the author has really taken liberties for the shock value.  No, it was thoroughly researched and closely based on Jack's experience. Prisoner B-3087 is well done, a definite must-read.

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Cindy A., Circulation

 

Masterminds & wingmen : helping our boys cope with schoolyard power, locker-room tests, girlfriends, and the new rules of Boy World

Friday, November 20, 2015
Wiseman, Rosalind
Masterminds & wingmen : helping our boys cope with schoolyard power, locker-room

Like many parents I read many parenting books, tryng to find the elusive answer to dealing with whatever is going on with my boys.  Masterminds and Wingmen doesn't read like a parenting book.  It is an eyeopener.  Written by the author of Queen Bees & Wannabes which helped parents of girls.  Masterminds helps parents of boys gain insight into what the heck they are thinking and feeling.  I am only half way through and it has changed how I see my boys.  We have made huge improvements in how we encourage girls to step out of the traditional role.  This book talks about the box we have kept our boys in and the emotional cost they are paying for it.  This book addresses issues and lets us hear from boys in the situations.  Definately a must read for any parent or teacher of a boy. Check our Catalog



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Out of My Mind

Monday, September 21, 2015
Sharon Draper
Out of My Mind

Melody is a young girl with a lot to say.  Melody can’t speak so no one can hear what she is thinking.  She can’t write, nor can she physically express herself clearly.  She has cerebral palsy.  She is so frustrated at everyone treating her as if she were dumb, if they only knew!  In fifth grade she is able to move out of the class for the kids with “disabilities” and get mainstreamed for a few hours of the day.  She is in heaven not being asked to relearn the alphabet yet again, to actually be able to learn.   With the help of those close to her she gets a Medi-Talker, a computer that she can program to be her voice.  With this technology she is able to participate in classes and even in Whiz Kids.  The book is Melody’s autobiography.   She is eloquent.   It is painful to hear her frustrations and how she is seen by others and how she is treated, even when she is able to speak for herself.  If you read Wonder you will appreciate Out of my Mind.  It truly should be required reading for all of us who need a dose of gratitude for how good we have it and for appreciating what those different from us have to offer.

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Cindy A., Circulation

 

Bear Feels Scared

Friday, June 5, 2015
Karma Wilson
Bear Feels Scared

If you haven't read Karma Wilson's books yet-get started with her Bear books.  The rhythm and language is addicting.  The classic is Bear Snores On, of course, but Bear gets into all kinds of situations in the series.  Bear Feels Scared is all about Bear venturing a bit far and feeling scared.  His friends worry about him and go searching "through the wild, wet, weather".  If Wilson isn't already one of your favorites she will be after meeting Bear.

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