The Edmond Sun

Arts & Entertainment

June 16, 2014

books 6-17

EDMOND — 'ELIZABETH, QUEEN OF THE SEAS'

BY LYNNE COX

Here’s the incredible story of Elizabeth, a real-life elephant seal who made her home in the Avon River in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand. When Elizabeth decides to stretch out across a two-lane road, the citizens worry she might get hurt or cause traffic accidents, so a group of volunteers tow her out to sea.

But Elizabeth swims all the way back to Christchurch. The volunteers catch her again and again — each time towing her farther, even hundreds of miles away — but still Elizabeth finds her way back home.

World-renowned swimmer and best-selling author Lynne Cox and Caldecott-winning illustrator Brian Floca team up to bring us this inspiring story of an elephant seal who knows exactly where she belongs.

Information about elephant seals is included, for young animal enthusiasts, science teachers and readers who want to learn more about Elizabeth.

Ages 4-8.

 'BETWEEN TWO WORLDS'

BY KATHERINE KIRKPATRICK

When sails appear amongst the icebergs in the bay of northern Itta, Greenland, Billy Bah recognizes a familiar sight, that of Robert E. Peary’s men.

The arrival of these ships bring both excitement and fear to Billy Bah and her people. Explorers influence has already impacted the life of the Inuits and their return could end in tragedy.

The explorers have come to bring provisions for Peary, who is making an expedition to the North Pole, and ask Billy Bah for her help. Along with her husband and other hunters from her tribe, Billy Bah sets out on an adventure across the icy water and frozen tundra to save a man who changed the course of her life.

As a child, Billy Bah spent a year with the Pearys in Washington, D.C., but when her parents followed suit years later, they died in a shocking scandal. Despite her heartache, when Billy Bah joins the crew alongside Peary’s wife and daughter and a young American sailor who captures her heart, she also finds herself torn between her two worlds.

Details about the landscape, spiritual practices and beliefs, hunting, cooking and eating, and even the sewing of clothes, which is Billy Bah’s specialty, are woven into the novel to help portray an honest and accurate look at the lifestyle of the Inuit people. Featuring characters based off of the real lives of Robert E. Peary and his family, who are the subjects of Kirkpatrick’s “The Snow Baby,” “Between Two Worlds” is enriched by this historical note, maps, and glossary of Inuit terms, and a timeline of real events and photos throughout.

Ages 14 and up.

NOTE: Email dpeery@edmondsun.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas” and/or “Between Two Worlds.” Deadline is 10 a.m. June 23. 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.

 

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  • jc_Earp Marlin 2 - photo credit Noel Winters.jpg Shootout of a sale

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    NOTE: Email dpeery@edmondsun.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “The Never Girls: A Pinch of Magic” and/or “The Secrets of Tree Taylor.” Deadline is 10 a.m. July 28. 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.

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