Anyone who has ever been called a name knows that words can hurt. Children and adults can put an end to bullying and name calling by talking openly and honestly about this behavior and ways to handle these difficult situations.
With the publication of Odd Is On Our Side, Dean Koontz continues to flesh out the story of reluctant paranormal detective Odd Thomas. And he continues to use a range of media—from traditional books to manga style graphic novels to YouTube webisodes—to do it.
Odd Thomas is a romantic, a fry cook, and he can see and talk to the dead. He can also see "Bodachs," spirits which gather at sites of pending violence and disaster. This allows Odd to know when bad things are going to happen, and to try to prevent them, while along the way doing his best to help his living and non-living companions.
No matter how your prefer to consume your media—digitally or in print, graphically, or in audio or video—there's some Odd Thomas for you to enjoy!
Coming hot on the heels of deliciously demented Dexter there is John Wayne Cleaver. Named after a serial killer and a murder weapon how can he escape his destiny?
In "I Am Not A Serial Killer" we meet John Wayne Cleaver, just your average teenage boy, likes fires, girls and serial killers. Ok, well perhaps not your average teenage boy. John lives in a mortuary so that's a plus, for him, as he likes dead bodies and the peace they provide for his inner demon. And speaking of demons....
While browsing the Central book stacks, I re-discovered Julius Lester's To Be A Slave.
An award winning writer and retired professor, Lester delved into the slave narratives collected during the Federal Writers' Project. He selected personal accounts about the experience of the auction block, plantation life, resistance, and emancipation. Published in 1968 and named a Newbery honor book in 1969, To Be A Slave was one of the first nonfiction books in children's literature to share the personal testimonies of slaves.
The Coral Thief by Rebecca Stott is a work of historical fiction that takes place in Paris just after the fall of Napoleon at Waterloo. Adventure, romance, history and crime are all here in one exciting novel.
This book was made for readers who like the Romantic Period of the early 19th century. At that time the city of lights was on the cutting edge of Western Civilization. Scientists were just beginning to discover ancient fossils and understand that the earth is millions of years old. The author has included fictionalized representations of historical persons like the French zoologist and paleontologist Georges Cuvier and the master criminal cum police detective Eugene-Francois Vidocq.
Even this high school chemistry flunkey found The Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe by Theordore Gray an amazing read cover-to-cover.
I pride myself on reading a little bit of this and that, but a book about chemistry wouldn't be on the top of the list. Until recently, that is. While straightening the NEW books I came across The Elements. The visually rich cover enticed me to crack it open. Once at home, I devoured it cover to cover. So there is actually a rhyme and reason to the periodic table!
Well as most people who actually know me know, I love to read Urban Lit. I must say that KISS KISS BANG BANG was one of the most intense hood love stories I've read in 2010! It starts off really strong and keeps you so engrossed in the pages but then flashes back into the past to explain how this book got to the point where it is. The main character, Free, was just released from his 5 year bid in prison only to come out with Russians, who he use to work for, wanting half a million dollars in six months. WOW!
Today the Young Adult Library Services Association announced the winners of the Alex Awards. The Alex Awards are given to ten adult books, both fiction and nonfiction, that also appeal to young adults and were published during the previous year.