Possums come, back and forward, running errands on moolit claws.
The Midnight Dress, by Karen Foxlee
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Fallout takes place in America during the Cold War. It is the summer of 1962. America and Russia are at a nuclear standoff with each other. Fallout makes you think, “What if the Russians actually dropped a bomb on America?”, “How would America recover from the devastation?” and most importantly, “How would we survive the attack?” The main characters are a boy named Scott, his younger brother Sparky, and his father, Richard. Scott is a 6th grader who is quiet and smart. Sparky is caring and funny. Richard is serious and smart.
I thought this was a very good book. It has a lot of action and even more tough decisions. I sometimes stopped reading and thought to myself “Could I make those decisions?” This book really makes you think, and that’s one reason why I enjoyed it so much.
I think the way Todd Strasser writes it is very memorable, because he writes it in such good detail and suspense, it makes you feel like you were there when it happened. It makes you feel like you are fighting for you life.
Reviewed by Ian, grade 9, Gayton Branch Library
Samantha “Sam” D’Angelo, a soon-to-be high school senior, is out of school for the summer. In order to pass the time, as well as work on her writing, she gets an internship at the local Herald Tribune newspaper, where she works writing “obits” (obituaries). She becomes part of the Tribune’s family that consists of “Coma Boy” Tony, drummer-boy AJ, bossman Harry, and many others. Throughout the summer, Sam expands as a writer, falls in, and out, of love, and discovers a new positive outlook for her senior year.
While the book was a good, easy read, I think it was a little young for me. The only thing that separates this book from others, in my mind, is the idea that the main character writes obituaries. Aside from that, there was nothing particularly unusual or surprising. I guessed the ending from the beginning. However, it was an easy, simple read, and I’d recommend it to any middle schooler.
In my opinion, the craft of writing obituaries was the most interesting aspect of the book. The idea of giving the deceased person a voice and final story was noble. In addition, I like the notion of blogging and may try it out sometime soon.
Reviewed by Clair, grade 11, Tuckahoe Area Library
Sign up is still open for Giant Bubbles for Tweens (10-12 yrs old) on Tuesday, August 20th! That’s today!!!! Workshop is 6-7pm. Call 290-9200×5 to register today!
Today at Twin Hickory Library in 3 hours 32 teens read a total of 5,055 pages for A.W.A.R.E. (Alliance of Wild Animal Rehabilitators and Educators)!!! The Friends of the Library contributed 6 cents for each page read, totaling $303. Great job everyone!!!
Some of the animals at AWARE that we helped today!
In order, Opossum, rescued as a baby, not able to be in the wild; Red-tailed hawk imprinted and cannot be released; Great horned owl, blind in one eye, can’t hunt; American kestrel (smallest falcon) has congenital defect on beak, cannot hunt. Living the good life at AWARE rehabilibitator homes.
Watch as Seattle Public Library makes a new world record in Book Chain Domino!