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Friday, May 29, 2015

MLC Reads: May 29, 2015

It's time for our weekly update on what MLC staff have been reading this past week.
The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch
written by Chris Barton and illustrated by Don Tate
five stars

Growing up in Mississippi, we remember learning about John Roy Lynch in history class. We wish this book had been around then, because it is truly amazing. Representative Lynch came to life on these pages. The illustrations by Don Tate perfectly sync with Chris Barton's simple but enlightening text. The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch is a great introduction to some hard subjects-slavery and Reconstruction-for upper elementary and middle school readers. The back of the book has a timeline, a map, and a further reading section. Highly recommended.

 Vision in Silver: A Novel of The Others
Anne Bishop
five stars

This book is everything a fan of Anne Bishop's work has come to expect from her stories.  It's intelligent, unique, fun, and funny. We can't wait for the next one in the series, Marked in Flesh, to be published.

The Invention of Wings
Sue Monk Kidd
five stars

Sue Monk Kidd has outdone herself with this masterpiece of historical fiction. Based on real-life people, Sarah and Angelina Grimke, and painstakingly researched, The Invention of Wings, spans several decades of the abolitionists' and feminists' lives. Equally compelling is Sarah's slave/companion, Hetty. If you loved The Secret Life of Bees, be prepared to be swept away by Wings.

This week we've added some new books to our "reading pile":
  • Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
  • March: Book Two by  John Lewis (with illustrations by Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell)
  • Ship of Dolls by Shirley Parenteau
Until next week, happy reading!

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