BY GARY PAULSEN AND JIM PAULSEN
“Road Trip” is the first collaboration between three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen and his son, Jim Paulsen.
Told in alternating points of view between a teenager and his dog, this story of a father/son road trip to pick up a rescued dog is filled with humor, adventure and a cast of lovable characters.
Teenager Ben is looking forward to summer vacation, and honing his hockey skills at camp. But day one into vacation, Ben is up at the crack of dawn and on the road with his adventurous father and their dog Atticus to travel across country and adopt a rescued Border collie puppy. The journey, is soon unlike any other in their past.
First, Dad reveals that he has quit his job, and money is too tight for hockey camp this year. All of a sudden, Ben’s not too happy spending quality time with Dad.
Luckily, along the way, Ben and Dad pick up a zany cast of characters including Gus the mechanic, (who lends them a school bus when their ride breaks down,) Theo, a likeable thug on the run from some scary people, and Mia, a waitress with a big heart and major smarts.
Put everyone on a big yellow school bus, and you have a laugh-out-loud story that only a Paulsen (or two) can tell.
Gary Paulsen says “dogs never lie or cheat, and their default setting is love. Some may seem grumpy, but all dogs have honor, humor and dignity and, if you’re really lucky and you pay attention, they will bring out those same characteristics in you.”
Perfect for reluctant readers, Paulsen fans, dog lovers, and all who love a rollicking tale, “Road Trip” is sure to make readers crave their own adventure, as well as a dog like Atticus to call their own.
Ages 10 up.
‘MA! THERE’S NOTHING TO DO HERE!: A WORD FROM YOUR BABY-IN-WAITING’
BY BARBARA PARK
A precocious baby is beyond bored in his mother’s womb. He’s ready to play on the swingset, meet other boys and girls, and to canoe!
But until then — what will he do to pass the time?
With nothing to look at, no parks, no zoos and no one to play with, baby must keep himself or herself occupied by kicking, hiccupping and swimming around in what little space there is left in utero.
Viviano Garofoli’s charming artwork perfectly illustrates baby’s less-than-comfortable living conditions, as well as the fun-filled activities that he longs to do and will be doing after he is born.
“Ma! There’s Nothing To Do Here!” was conceived after Park saw her grandson’s sonogram picture. After departing the doctor’s office, Park began wondering what a baby in utero did to pass the time, and came to the conclusion that there really was nothing for him to do “in a womb with no view.”
As she prepared for her daughter-in-law’s baby shower, she crafted the poem that would be the foundation for this breezy book that will ring true with pregnant mothers everywhere.
This board book is a perfect read for expectant mothers, siblings and young children who enjoy a catchy read-aloud.
‘THE PATH OF BEASTS’
BY LIAN TANNER
Do you dare to join Goldie in her hardest task ever as she walks down the mysterious Beast Road, deep inside the Museum of Thieves? No one knows where it goes and no one has ever returned from it.
The city of Jewel is in peril once again, as it is held captive by the frightful Fugleman, his band of Blessed Guardians, and an army of merciless mercenaries.
There’s no doubt that Goldie and Toadspit want to get their city back, but how can a small group of children fight against such overwhelming forces of evil? And how, as Goldie is determined, can they avoid bloodshed in a war that will set thieves against soldiers, and trickery and deception against a mighty cannon that shoots cannonballs bent on destruction?
As Toadspit fights the Fugleman in a duel to the death, Goldie must face her hardest task yet.
“The Path of Beasts,” the final book in the Keepers trilogy, is the companion to “Museum of Thieves” and “City of Lies.”
NOTE: Email email@example.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Road Trip” and/or “Ma! There’s Nothing To Do Here!” and/or “The Path of Beasts.” Deadline is 10 a.m. April 1. 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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All I want for Christmas is a new Christmas song
Despite the gigabytes of Christmas music released each year — big stars making their first charge into the yule breach this year include Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, and, alarmingly, the cast of Duck Dynasty — they are, overwhelmingly, reiterating yuletide warhorses.
‘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 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.
11-27 Good Reads
‘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.
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