‘THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO RUNNING
AWAY FROM HOME’
BY JENNIFER LARUE HUGET
Big brother being a pain? Baby sister getting all the attention? Mom making you eat your vegetables? Whatever the reason is, there’s only one thing to do. Run away!
Jennifer LaRue Huget’s knowing text blends perfectly with Red Nose Studio’s inventive art to provide the perfect plan:
1. You need a really good reason: “Like maybe your parents are going gaga over your little sister and ignoring you.”
2. Next, you need to pack. “Forget about tying a bandana to a stick. You’ll need something way bigger.”
3. Say goodbye to your pets. “It’s not their fault your family’s so mean.”
4. Leave a note. “Try to imagine your parents’ faces when they read it. If they look like they’re about to burst into tears, you’ll know your note is perfect.”
5. Make a big exit. “Stomp your feet and make lots of noise.”
And so the journey begins, and our red-haired hero finds himself on the run, with a world of decisions to make. Ultimately, though, readers will see that there is no place like home. Coming to a close with a heartfelt reunion between mother and son, this tale presents an engaging journey inside a creative kid’s imagination.
Red Nose Studio (aka Chris Sickels) spent 15 months creating the art for Jennifer LaRue Huget’s ode to childhood adventure. His clever use of found objects like candy wrappers, erasers, magazines, spoon handles, and fuse boxes are the perfect match for this protagonist’s elaborate scheming and creative spirit. Each spread of art is a photograph of an elaborately handcrafted set, making for a truly one-of-a-kind look for this offbeat guide to running away and, ultimately, coming home.
‘WRITTEN IN STONE’
BY ROSANNE PARRY
“Written in Stone” shines a light on Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest in the 1920s, a time of critical cultural upheaval.
Rosanne Parry returns to the vast western landscape that she tackled in her debut “Heart of a Shepherd” to tell a personal story drawn from her own experiences as a teacher in Taholah, Washington, on the Quinault Indian Reservation. There she learned to love the taste of alder-smoked, blueback salmon, the wind and the cold mists of the rain forest, the sounds of the ocean and the eagles, and the rhythm of a life that revolved around not the clock and the calendar, but the cycle of the salmon running up the river and returning to the ocean.
The writer she became had everything to do with the people she came to cherish and the land between the Pacific and the Olympic Mountains where stories seemed to grow out of the earth all around her, tall and sturdy as cedars. “Written in Stone” pays homage to these people.
In the novel, 13-year-old Pearl has always dreamed of hunting whales, just like her father. Of taking to the sea in their eight-man canoe, standing at the prow with a harpoon, and waiting for a whale to lift its barnacle-speckled head as it offers its life for the life of the tribe.
But now that can never be. Pearl’s father was lost on the last hunt, and the whales hide from the great steam-powered ships carrying harpoon cannons, which harvest not one but dozens of whales from the ocean. With the whales gone, Pearl’s people, the Makah, struggle to survive as Pearl searches for ways to preserve their stories and skills.
‘BEAN DOG AND NUGGET: THE BALL’
BY CHARISE MERICLE HARPER
“Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball,” the first book in a new graphic novel series for younger readers, presents our two spunky protagonists with quite the dilemma: they have lost their ball in a bush, and have to get creative to get it out. After several failed attempts, the two find their inner superheroes — Superdog and Ninja Nugget — and recover their beloved toy.
NOTE: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “The Beginner’s Guide to Running Away From Home!” and/or “Written in Stone” and/or “Bean Dog and Nugget: The Ball.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Aug. 5. 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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‘MY PEN PAL, SANTA’
BY MELISSA STANTON
What happens when you write to Santa Claus after Christmas? In “My Pen Pal, Santa,” a little girl named Ava is about to find out.
On Christmas morning, Ava is so excited about her presents that she writes a letter to Santa to thank him (and ask why he didn’t eat her Christmas cookies!).
To her surprise, Santa replies, and a yearlong correspondence between Ava and St. Nick is born.
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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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