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In Angie Sage’s world of Magyk, when the seventh son of a seventh son is born to the humble wizard Silas Heap, of course, the new father takes it on himself to fetch healthful herbs from the local wise woman outside the city wall. They’ve only the one room for all the family to share, but it’s a happy place, and the new addition is welcome.
When Silas discovers another newborn child with violet eyes well-wrapped but abandoned in the snow, his heart opens even wider. He knows there will be room for this tiny girl. He is surprised when Marcia, the new ExtraOrdinary Wizard, appears and hurriedly tells him they must treat the child as if she were born to them. A matter of great secrecy. As he rushes home, he is passed by the midwife, carrying another small bundle—his son—wrapped in bandages and wailing that his newborn son Septimus is dead.
The Washington Monument’s starkly simple design and imposing presence on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., both belies the complex machinations that led to its construction and embodies the singularity of George Washington, in whose honor it was erected.
Love the feeling of anticipation of each and every fall and curve of a roller coaster? Do you relish the moment when it’s over, and you realize you were holding your breath the entire time? Many people look for those same feelings while reading, and Our Chemical Hearts delivers just that.
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Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left. (catalog summary)
If you enjoy Walk Two Moons, check out these other titles:
Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose
As tensions rise between the English settlers and the Native peoples on Roanoke Island, twelve-year-old Alis forms an impossible friendship with a native girl named Kimi. (catalog summary)
A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin
The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie's small town. (catalog summary)
Chris Hadfield wanted to be an astronaut, but he was afraid of the dark. A future astronaut, afraid of the dark?
In Forgotten Ways for Modern Days, Rachelle Blondel (coauthor of Granny Chic) offers an array of natural household recipes to maintain a nontoxic household environment.
Blondel emphasizes that having a lifestyle that is free from harsh cleaning products improves your life as it flows day to day. When you use these recipes, there is no risk for anyone in your family (children and pets included) will inhale toxic chemicals.
While the average wave can wow you, in The Wave, Susan Casey doesn’t just go looking for waves. She goes out “In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean.” More specifically, she goes in search of "The Big One"—The 100-foot wave.
Although zombies have a long history of appearances in religion and folklore, interest in them as villains in horror films is largely confined to the second half of the 20th century. The explosion in zombie popularity is based on a characterization established by a single film and the fact that the original characterization of the zombi in African folklore and religion, as well as in earlier films, is dramatically different from that of the popular characterization from the 1960s onward. To understand zombies in both their original context and in the role they have come to take in popular culture requires an understanding of two divergent traditions.
“Hold the dark holiday in your palms, bite it, swallow it and survive...Come out the far black tunnel of el Día de Muerte And be glad, ah so glad you are...alive!” - Mr. Moundshroud