The Edmond Sun

July 30, 2013

7-30 Good Reads


Special to The Sun




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.

Ages 4-8.



“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.

Ages 9-12.



“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.

Ages 5-8.

NOTE: Email 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.