From Lola Ferris
author: Peete, Rodney
Not My Boy! a Father, a Son, and One Family’s Journey with Autism
Imagine being an NFL star quarterback and discovering that your son, at three, has developed autism. When R.J. was born, Rodney Peete had dreams of tossing a football with his son. Instead, the anger, denial and pain he experienced on hearing the diagnosis took its toll on his relationships with his other children and almost collapsed his marriage.
Today, eight years later, R.J. has come from a child who couldn’t “look his father in the eye” to a lively, healthy youngster who plays soccer. The journey the Peetes took to bring him to this point included changed expectations, determination, patience, a roster of professionals and parents like themselves. Peete describes in intimate, simple, honest language the painful trip he and Holly, his wife took, how he changed from a macho, tough guy to a father able to give his child unconditional love. This is a must-read for any parent who is going through a similar experience, or anyone who wants to read a book about the way love of a child can lead a parent to learn how to be a strong yet devoted father.
From Margie Hartough
author: Steel, Danielle
Sometimes it takes the touch of the supernatural to bring true love to a heartbroken man.
Charlie Waterston’s, life is seemed perfect till his wife left him for another man. He takes a leave of absence from his job as a New York lawyer to drive through New England. It is here that he encounters the ghost of a young beautiful woman Sarah Feruguson when he rents the lakeside chateau she once owned two centuries ago. He finds her diaries hidden in an old trunk. As he begins to read them he feels her presence and longs to know more about the life she led. Her love torn sufferings help him to endure his own pain and enable him to reach out to others and hope for love and happiness again.
From Charlene Muhr
author: STEIN, GARTH
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
The Art of Racing in the Rain is narrated by a dog named Enzo. Enzo is different from other dogs; he feels he has a soul, a human soul trapped in a dog’s body. Enzo is close to death but not despairing of this because he knows that he will return to this world as a man. He based this on a television documentary that he watched on the Mongolian belief that a good dog will reincarnate as a man. Enzo recounts the triumphs and tragedies of his beloved master, Denny Swift, a semi-pro race car driver. He studies the human behavior of Denny, his wife, Eve, and daughter, Zoe, and watching good television shows like National Geographic and car races. This is a heart wrenching story, and like many other dog stories, the dog dies. Enzo, the dog philosopher, does leave us with this thought, that life is like racing but it is not just about going fast.
From Andrea Kalinowski
author: D’Arc, Bianca
Once bitten, twice dead
Zombies, zombies everywhere just in time for Halloween. The first Bianca D’Arc novel to introduce the reader to this newly revived character was “Once bitten, twice dead” followed by “Half past dead” which contains two novellas, one of which is Bianca D’Arc’s “Simon says”. The latest installment of zombies is contained within “The Beast within” and the novella is entitled “Smoke on the water”. The military wanted to make their soldiers indestructible but something went horribly wrong and they became zombies. Some of the scientists, those for whom the term “evil genius” was coined, are interested in using the zombies for personal gain. One of the scientists uses the zombies to enact revenge against her adulterous husband and his new love interest. The books are fun and a little hair-raising. The battle between good and evil is featured and
thankfully, for humankind anyway, the zombies and their evil creators are temporarily halted but the next installment of the battle is due soon inthe book “A Darker shade of dead”. Will evil triumph over good, avarice over sacrifice? Stay tuned …
From Kyle, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Neufeld, Josh
A.D. : New Orleans After The Deluge
I read the graphic novel “A.D. New Orleans After The Deluge” by Josh Neufeld. This book describes how several residents of New Orleans meet each other through different ways. It also depicts their intense struggle for survival during and after the hurricane. Some people in this book refused to evacuate even when the Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans issued a mandatory evacuation. Many tragedies and triumphs took place during the survival days following Hurricane Katrina.
>From reading this graphic novel, I learned that over 700 people died in New Orleans alone, and the government did a poor job responding to this. There are pictures in this book that show people fighting traffic to leave the city. People who didn’t leave ended up stranded on rooftops. The author introduces the characters in this book a week before the storm, allowing the reader to get to know them somewhat before they’re all forced to deal with the upcoming crisis. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to read a graphic novel that includes facts.