professornana (professornana) wrote,

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planes and automobiles, no trains

Yesterday was a fairly typical travel day for me. Spent some time in the Prez Club at Houston airport listening to two academics in an adjoining work room gritch and moan. One (who teaches ethics) decried the deplorable state of books for children that do not teach kids values and morals like Aesop did for her as a child. I can only assume this person was 200 years old. The other professor complained about merit pay and kids who are not as smart as he was back in the day. When I get to this point, friends, please promise me you will lock me out of the office and send me home permanently.

Long flight due to weather in Newark, so we circled TWICE. However, that gave me more time to read, so I did not mind too much. Here are the books from the plane ride yesterday.

The new Kate Thompson, HIGHWAY ROBBERY, is a wonderful chapter book. A young urchin begins telling his story, one of an encounter with a famous highway man and his horse. The boy talks about hus dedication to looking after the horse despite many attempts against his well being. Short chapters, fast paced action, and comic dialogue will make this a winner for reading aloud or independent reading. Black and white illustrations add to the atmosphere of a bygone era.

RAVEN SUMMER by David Almond offers quiet introspection into the nature of humankind. Knd and civilized, yes. But below the surface can lurk someone quick to violence. It all begins when Liam and his friend find a baby abandoned in the woods. Liam's parents, a writer and an artist, emphasize the importance of stories. And Liam's story this fateful summer will be an interesting one to say the least. Liam learns that he, too, is capable of good and evil.
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