BY SANDRA HORNING
When a family brings home chicks from a local farm, they must do everything they can to make sure their feathered friends thrive in their new environment.
With the help of their knowledgeable parents, the children provide the baby chicks with food, water, warmth and proper shelter.
Young readers will chirp along happily page after page, learning to read this Step 1 Step Into Reading title, as they watch the fuzzy little chicks grow into downy adult chickens, who eventually will lay eggs of their own.
‘NOT THAT TUTU!’
BY MICHELLE SINCLAIR COLMAN
Taylor loved her tutu and wore it all the time, day and night. She wore it to school and she wore it in the pool, much to the mild annoyance and amusement of her friends and family.
Will she ever give up that tutu?
With style and humor, this charming board book addresses young children’s attachments to specific articles of clothing.
Hiroe Nakata’s playful illustrations are the perfect complement to Michelle Sinclair Colman’s lively rhyming text. And the cover features a tulle tutu!
‘SPEED OF LIGHT’
BY AMBER KIZER
Meridian Sozu is a Fenestra, an angel-infused human, destined to transition souls into the next world. Together with Tens Valdes, her soul mate and Protector, they’ve made a home in Indiana, making sure the dead safely enter the light and aren’t stolen by the Dark, known as the Nocti.
Upon rescuing Juliet Ambrose from her terrible childhood, Juliet has become vulnerable without her Protector and grasps at any hope to find her parents, even when it’s offered by a proven Nocti, Ms. Asura. Juliet is now faced with the horrible choice between uncovering her past and having a future.
Meanwhile, time may be running out for the hundreds of thousands preparing for the festivities surrounding the Indianapolis 500 car race. As centuries of secrets are revealed, the battles will pit Light versus Dark.
Not all will survive as Meridian, Tens and Juliet join forces to try to thwart a potential tragedy.
Ages 12 up.
BY KATE SAUNDERS
Tom is in shock. He’s just discovered that his dad is an escaped fairy on the run. And that he must trust his life to three dangerous fairy godmothers he’s never met.
Two of them are hardened criminals, and one falls out of the window when she tries to fly…
Will their mad magic be enough to help Tom rescue his dad from the clutches of some killer fairies?
Heartfelt, fun and filled with familial charm, “Magicalamity” is certain to appeal to any middle-grade reader who’d love to add a little bit of fairy tale to their lives.
‘THE RED BLAZER GIRLS: THE SECRET CELLAR’
BY MICHAEL D. BEIL
Best pals Sophie, Margaret, Rebecca and Leigh Ann are the Red Blazer Girls — four New York City-based sixth-grade sleuths with a penchant for finding mysteries needing to be solved. Middle-grade readers will be enthralled as the girls race around the city cracking codes, translating Latin or whatever it takes to solve their cases.
Mysteries seem to find the Red Blazer Girls: when Sophie finds a secret message in the antique fountain pen she bought for her father, the girls are on a case.
Soon, they’re at the home of the pen’s original owner, a secretive man who kept to himself. His house if full of puzzles, all of which protect a hidden treasure, and the Blazers will do anything to get to the bottom of things.
Throw in an ill-tempered bookstore owner with a motive, a missing will, a walking stick that doubles as a key, a school Christmas play, and a rat named Humphrey, and it all adds up to another adventure for the Red Blazer Girls.
Ages 10 up.
NOTE: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Chicks!” and/or “Not That Tutu!” and/or “Magicalamity.” Deadline is 10 a.m. April 8. 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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‘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 email@example.com.
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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