‘OUT OF THE ASHES: LION’
BY JEFF STONE
Ryan Vanderhausen is psyched. After his mountain biking disaster, he discovers that his size and strength make him a natural for road-bike racing.
So he and his friends — Phoenix, Jake, and Hu Die — head to California to train with Ryan’s cousin Peter. But right away, things start to get weird. They hear of experienced cyclists dropping dead, and someone from their past pays them a very unwelcome visit.
And then Peter is kidnapped in the middle of San Francisco’s Chinatown.
Can the kids save Peter, evade the bad guys, and still manage to compete in their biggest race yet?
‘CALENDAR MYSTERIES: SEPTEMBER
BY RON ROY
In “Calendar Mysteries: September Sneakers,” Bradley, Brian, Nate and Lucy have taken care of the first-grade class hamster, Goldi, for the summer. On the first day of school, when they plan to bring her back, Goldi is missing!
In place of her cage is a green-and-orange sneaker key chain.
Soon, the kids spot green-and-orange sneakers all over Green Lawn. And they find out other things have been disappearing around town, too.
Can the four friends track down the sneaker sneak and get Goldi back?
Calendar Mysteries are geared towards younger readers just broaching chapter books. They feature the younger siblings and cousin of the main characters in Ron Roy’s popular A to Z Mysteries series.
‘MISTER MAX: THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS’
BY CYNTHIA VOIGT
“Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things” is the first installment in a three-book series by acclaimed author Cynthia Voigt. This first book introduces readers to the spirited Max Starling, who is forced to embrace his newfound independence after his parents mysteriously disappear.
Max’s parents are actors, and thus unpredictable, but sailing away and leaving him with only a cryptic note is unusual even for them. Not knowing whether they actually intended to leave him behind or if they were kidnapped, Max feels it’s safest to keep a low profile.
Hiding out is no problem for a child of the theater — Max has played many roles, and can be whomever he needs to be to blend in. But finding a job proves tricky, no matter what costume he dons.
Ironically, it turns out that Max has a unique talent — he finds things. Runaway children, stray dogs, missing heirlooms, and even lost loves prove to be no problem for Max.
So does that make him a finder, detective, or something else entirely?
Max finds a way to solve peoples’ problems and engineer better outcomes for them, and so he becomes Mister Max, Solutioneer. Now if he could only solve the problem of his missing parents….
NOTE: Email email@example.com to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Out of the Ashes: Lion” and/or “Calendar Mysteries: September Sneakers." Deadline is 10 a.m. Oct. 14. 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.
‘OUT OF THE ASHES: LION’
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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.
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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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