Last year I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. I don’t generally like ghost stories (fact: I am a scaredy-cat) or murder stories (remember that thing about me being a scaredy-cat?). But I do like Maureen Johnson, so I picked it up and loved it. Like most Americans, I am conditioned to love all stories set in British boarding schools. I also appreciated that the SPOOKY GHOSTLINESS was set off by Maureen Johnson’s humor. So, if you haven’t read The Name of the Star yet, go grab that before its sequel, The Madness Underneath comes out on February 26th! Seriously, go, I’ll wait.
Monthly Archives: February 2013
I was mainly interested in reading Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys because it was set in New Orleans, and I wasn’t really prepared to love it as much as I did. Out of the Easy is the story of Josie Moraine, the 17-year-old daughter of a prostitute. As you might expect, she’s had an unconventional childhood. At the age of 12 she started living on her own in an apartment above Charlie Marlowe’s bookstore, where she works part time alongside Patrick, Charlie’s son and her best friend. Josie’s street smart, but she’s also book smart, and she has dreams of getting out of the Big Easy and attending Smith College in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, things won’t be that easy for Josie (see what I did there?)
Book(s): The Ghost and the Goth Series
1. The Ghost and the Goth
2. Queen of the Dead
3. Body & Soul
Author: Stacey Kade
Summary: What if you were top of the food chain? In high school, anyways. Well, that’s exactly where senior Alona Dare sat… that is, until she died. Now she is forced to consort with the likes of Will Killian, the guy with the lowest status, if she ever wants to leave her in-between state as a ghost.
But things are not as they seem. Will is trying to deal with his own problems. The main cause? He can see ghosts.
As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
Obviously it’s important to honor the contributions people of color have made to American history throughout the year, but in February we’re highlighting some historical fiction centered around a significant and painful era in our nation’s history, the years of slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. These books can help us remember our past so we can see how far we’ve come. They’re also compelling reads.