Traveling from prehistory to early America right on to tomorrow, Wendy Williams tracks the squid and octopus in her book Kraken. Fodder for great excitement and debate in the 1800's, squid have become once again a hot item, although mostly in the medical and scientific communities.
Cold magic, the first entry in a new science fiction series, the Spiritwalker Trilogy, is a sure winner. Elliott, with inspiration from her teenaged kids, has created what she labels an "Afro-Celtic post-Roman icepunk Regency novel with airships, Phoenician spies, and the intelligent descendants of troodons." Yes, it's a mashup! And a truly original and imaginative one. Cold magic is subtitled "when science and magic collide--it is the i
If you haven't kept up with children's books over the last couple decades, you may have missed a terrific author. Nancy Farmer's books have covered topics such as cloning, long-term effects of pollutants, social progress and culture change.
Now that Oscar frenzy is over, may we recommend an older picture that deserves to be remembered, watched again, and shared with the younger generation? Winner of eight Academy awards including Best Picture, Gandhi is a gripping portrayal of one of the 20th Century's civil rights leaders. Gandhi was a pioneer who promoted resistance through mass nonviolent civil disobedience or nonviolent noncooperation.