‘CALENDAR MYSTERIES: OCTOBER OGRE’
BY RON ROY
In “Calendar Mysteries: October Ogre,” there’s a haunted house in Green Lawn! It’s Halloween, and the Shangri-la Hotel has been transformed into a haunted house, complete with an ogre out front.
Bradley, Brian, Nate and Lucy are ready for some scary fun, but then they notice that none of the kids who have gone into the hotel have come back out.
What’s happening to them? Ghosts and witches and ogres aren’t real…right?
Calendar Mysteries are geared toward younger readers just broaching chapter books. They feature the younger siblings and cousin of the main characters in Ron Roy’s popular A to Z Mysteries series.
BY SALINA YOON
Hide-and-seek has never been more exciting! Salina Yoon’s newest effort, “Where’s Boo?” is an interactive board book that will excite the youngest readers with its playful Halloween twist.
“Where’s Boo?” is the perfect book to introduce the youngest trick-or-treaters to Halloween. Very young readers will love searching for Boo the black cat among familiar Halloween characters and objects like jack-o-lanterns and witch’s broomsticks — and finding something unexpected instead.
Each page offers a hint of Boo, but it isn’t until the last page that readers will find him. And when they do, they are greeted with a happy “Trick-or-treat!” and they will want to start all over again!
“Where’s Boo?” encourages readers to hone their cognitive skills and use their memory as they search for the stealthy cat. Babies will enjoy touching Boo’s fuzzy face on the cover, and rubbing his fuzzy tail as they turn the pages. This attention-grabbing book is educational and entertaining — perfect for lap time, sharing and read-alouds.
BY THATCHER HELDRING
Wyatt Parker is tired of getting picked on by bullies and ignored by girls — especially his neighbor Evan, the cute girl next door who also happens to be his best friend.
There is one group of guys no one would dare mess with: the football players. With his freshman year of high school approaching, Wyatt hatches a plan.
What is the best way to impress Evan and get the bullies off his back? Play football.
Wyatt’s parents let his older brother, Aaron, play, but Wyatt is small for his age, and they say it’s too dangerous. In fact, his dad signed him up for golf camp, the last place he wants to be.
When reasoning with his parents won’t work, and it seems that his football dreams are history, Aaron makes an unexpected offer. If Wyatt ditches golf camp, Aaron will give him a chance to play in the League of Pain — a rough underground league where there are no rules, except don’t get caught.
Now Wyatt has a choice. He can obey his parents like he always does, or he can follow his heart — even if it means lying to the people he cares about the most.
Wyatt’s dilemma and its unexpected resolution will ring true with middle-grade readers who are looking for a sports book with quality characters.
Ages 10 up.
NOTE: Email email@example.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Calendar Mysteries: October Ogre” and/or “Where’s Boo?” and/or “The League.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Oct. 21. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.
‘CALENDAR MYSTERIES: OCTOBER OGRE’
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‘DEEP IN THE SAHARA’
BY KELLY CUNNANE
Kelly Cunnane, the critically acclaimed author of “For You Are a Kenyan Child,” crafts a gentle and accessible picture book with “Deep in the Sahara” that offers a glimpse into the fascinating culture of West Africa and reveals that families are much the same the world over.
Older Oklahomans invited to share poetry
The 39th Annual Oklahoma Conference on Aging is accepting entries for the 2014 Senior Poetry Contest. The contest is a popular event in conjunction with the conference, which is sponsored by DHS Aging Services.
Contestants are encouraged to submit works which reflect the conference’s theme of “Inspired Living.” Winners will be invited to read their poems and be recognized at an awards luncheon on May 20 at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center.
11-28 Holiday events listing
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Edmond Sun publishes a listing of Christmas-related events as a service to the public. If you would like to have an event open to the general public listed, send the information to Mark Schlachtenhaufen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACM@UCO faculty member releases album
Clay Withrow, adjunct faculty member at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), recently released the album “Between the Madness” as a member of the progressive metal band Vangough.
“Between the Madness” is Vangough’s third studio effort and follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Kingdom of Ruin” released in 2011. Spread across 12 songs and more than 70 minutes of content, “Between the Madness” has what Withrow describes as a strong, unified sound.
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‘ANNE FRANK’S CHESTNUT TREE’
BY JANE KOHUTH
Jane Kohuth’s “Anne Frank’s Chestnut Tree” is the perfect introduction to the inspiring and important legacy of Anne Frank.
Hidden away in their Secret Annex in Amsterdam during World War II, Anne Frank and her family could not breathe fresh air or walk under the blue sky for years.
But through an attic window Anne could see the branches of a tall chestnut tree. This small glimpse of nature gave Anne hope and courage. It inspired her writing, in turn, inspiring the whole world.
FAI kicks off holiday activities Dec. 1
Winter is a busy time of the year for the staff at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond as they plan December’s activities including the second year for “Art for the Holidays at FAI.”
Twitter reacts to the American Music Awards
In addition to being one of the biggest events on the music industry calendar, the American Music Awards also provides plenty of fodder for instant social media commentary. Here is a sampling of reaction on Twitter to Sunday night's show.
Broadway Star Kelli O’Hara to give master class at OCU
Broadway leading lady and four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara will give a master class at Oklahoma City University, her alma mater, from noon to 2 p.m. Monday. The class is free to the public and will be in the Petree Recital Hall of the Bass Music Center at Northwest 25th Street and Blackwelder Avenue.
Historic day at Heritage Center Saturday
The desk used by a vice president of the first Oklahoma Constitutional Convention will be on display at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center 1-3 p.m. Saturday, for the center’s monthly hands-on history Family Saturday.
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