Off Like the Wind!: The First Ride of the Pony Express

From Erik Schmid
author: Spradlin, Michael P.
titl: Off Like the Wind!: The First Ride of the Pony Express
This handsomely illustrated picture book for older readers tells the story of the first ride of the Pony Express in 1860. Using a daily journal style approach, the book uses the route that the riders traversed to inform the reader about the local geography, history and conditions of the stops along the way from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. The factual accounts of the riders, along with action of the everyday events themselves, make this a history book that will appeal to the non-history reader.

Claire Voyant

From Elaine Pasquali
author: Rosenberg, Saralee
Claire Voyant
This book is both funny and fun to read.  The story is set in Plainview, L.I. and Miami, so readers will be able to identify landmarks, like the Plalinview Diner. Despite her light and frothy writing style, Rosenberg raises some thought-provoking questions about adoption, destiny, life after death, and after death communication.  In fact, she poses some “Hot Topics for Book Discussions” at the end of the book.  What I found amazing was that I was contemplating some of these questions while reading a book I would characterize as “light reading.”  Talk about a spoon full of sugar making the medicine go down!