Fire In The Sky: Seekers Book 5

From Catherine, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Hunter, Erin
Fire In The Sky: Seekers Book 5
 This book is about four bears who must go on a perilous quest to save the wild. These bears’ names are Lusa, Toklo, Kallik, and Ujurak.  They have been following the Pathway Star throughout their whole journey, but now it is directly overhead, and they have reached the Endless Ice.  Ujurak, who was elected as the leader of this quest, decides that they must go onto the ice for the next part of their quest.  But there are many dangers on the ice, and the black and brown bears are trying to fight the pull of longsleep, which all black and brown bears do in the wintertime.  Kallik must find food and shelter for everybody on the ice, and she soon discovers that it was not the frozen paradise that she had dreamed of.  She realizes that she doesn’t know where she is leading her friends, and needs Ujurak to tell her the signs that will direct them to their final destination.  There is nothing for Lusa, the little black bear, to eat out on the ice, and  seal makes her sick.  She feels the pull of longsleep the most, and her friends are worried that she might fall asleep and not wake up until spring.  Toklo is worried that she might get sick and die, so he tells the others that they must go on without them, because he and Lusa are going back to the mainland.  Will they find their way back to the forest, or will they have to turn around and go back to their friends? And most importantly, will they all survive until they’ve reached their destinations????

 I would reccommend this book for animal lovers and teens who like to read about journeys and quests into the unknown.  This was a 5 star book; I was left hanging until the very end.  Fire In The Sky should be the next book on your “To Read” list!!!

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Historic hotels of America. Mohonk Mountain House

From Jackie Cantwell
Historic hotels of America. Mohonk Mountain House [videorecording]
 This video features an interview with Nina Smiley, the director of marketing for Mohonk. She’s the wife of Albert K. Smiley, the hotel’s president and great-grandnephew of the founders. The hotel was started in 1869, by brothers Alfred and Albert Smiley. This beautiful inn is a 266-room Victorian castle in New Paltz, NY that sits next to Lake Mohonk and is in the Hudson River Valley. We get a tour of the grounds, with emphasis on the gardens, the lake, nature trails, and even the Barn Museum. Inside the hotel, we see the parlor, the grand dining room, the wraparound porch, and a guest room in one of the towers. Apparently, guests can be as active as they want to be or can idle away the hours in a rocking chair on the porch. There are miles of hiking trails, dotted with beautiful gazebos which serve as rest stops and photo-taking vistas. Ms. Smiley mentions another advantage for guests is the sense of renewal and rejuvenation they receive. Other activities available are ice skating, horseback riding, carriage rides, swimming, canoeing, golf, campfires and much more. The hotel rates include 3 meals per day, as well as tea and cookies in the afternoon.  The owners and staff are very proud of the inn’s history and also its sustainability initiatives. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.  The inn’s guests also have a sense of ownership of this special place, and many return year after year.

I would like to have seen the ice skating rink, the golf course, a view of the horses on the trails, and a typical guest room. Overall, this program is a wonderful introduction to the Mohonk Mountain House.