From Andrea Kalinowski
author: Salisbury, Gay
The cruelest miles : the heroic story of dogs and men in a race against an epidemic
author: Laskin, David
The children’s blizzard
In “The cruelest miles : the heroic story of dogs and men in a race against an epidemic” by Gay Salisbury and in “The children’s blizzard” by David Laskin, the focus of both nonfiction works is children in peril. The race against time and the choices made are heartbreaking and heartwarming simultaneously. In “The Cruelest miles”, man and dog are pitted against a merciless clock and an unforgiving landscape. They both sacrifice a great deal to move the vaccine across the frozen tundra. In “The children’s blizzard”, the Weather service is in its infancy and a system appears out of nowhere to turn a fine spring day into a trap of snow and ice. The schoolteachers needed to decide if the children should face the hazards outdoors or try to tough it out in the one room schoolhouses. In “The cruelest miles”, the vaccine arrives in time to make a significant impact on the survival rate while the children caught by the blizzard are not so fortunate. Both works were moving and fostered an appreciation of modern day advantages.
From Andrea Kalinowski
author: Hester, Elliot
Plane insanity : a flight attendant’s tales of sex, rage and queasiness at 30,000 feet
Plane insanity : a flight attendant’s tales of sex, rage, and queasiness
at 30,000 feet by Elliott Hester is a doozy of an adventure through the
unfriendly skies. In the book, the flight attendant suggests his own
theory of a connection between dressing well and manners. He expostulates that with the lessening of clothing savoir faire comes also the lessening of the rules of common courtesy. His adventures are interesting and entertaining but also a little off-putting, I mean, imagine a dirty diaper
flying at you because you were doing food service and refused to take it
from the passenger. The parties and/or orgies being hosted not only after
the plane arrives at its destination but during the flight are almost
beyond belief. Virgin Atlantic, at the time of the writing of this
memoir, was thinking of supplying fold-out beds with privacy screens and
one can just imagine what kind of shenanigans that might invite. Overall,
an amusing, shocking, and eye-opening read.
From Joe, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Adam, Paul
Max Cassidy Escape From Shadow Island
Max Cassidy is a fourteen year old escape artist whose dad was murdered and his mom was charged with his murder. Although he knows that his mom is innocent, there is nothing that he can do because the murder took place in Santo Domingo and he lives in England. All of a sudden a mysterious visitor comes and tells Max that his father is alive and his mother is innocent. He was murdered before he could tell Max everything he knew. As Max heads out to Santo Domingo to find out what happened two years ago at Playa d’Oro he embarks on an adventure that is so beautifully written out by Paul Adam in his fictional novel Max Cassidy – Escape from Shadow Island. This book is fast paced and can be hard to understand, but if you like action, then this is the book for you.