The Edmond Sun

November 6, 2012

11-7 Good Reads


The Edmond Sun



Horse lovers are in for a treat! It’s Alabama, 1856. Tennessee Rose is a dark bay Tennessee Walking Horse with a rose-shaped marking on her forehead.

She loves dashing around the plantation in the running walk that her breed is famous for, then coming back to her comfortable stall and her friend Levi, the slave boy who is her groom.

But as the Civil War approaches, Rosie begins to question plantation life. Is slavery fair? Could Levi be free?

Like “Black Beauty,” this moving novel is told in first person from the horse’s point of view and includes an appendix full of photos and facts about Tennessee Walking Horses and the Civil War.

Ages 8-12.



Growing up Muslim in Southern California, Sumbul Ali-Karamali found herself answering questions from friends and schoolmates about her life: What do Muslims eat? Why do they dress the way they do? Why do they pray five times a day? What do their holy days celebrate? Who is Muhammad? What do Muslims believe about him? What are the tenets of Islam?

This book is an introduction to one of the world’s major religions. It explores the fundamentals of Islam, Muhammad and his mission, and the Muslim perspective, as well as the development and spread of Islam and current demographics.

This work will provide young readers with essential information about Islam in the everyday context of Muslim life in America, encouraging tolerance and acceptance.

At a time when the Islamic faith is widespread and often misunderstood, this book can be used to open the dialogue and create understanding and tolerance.

Ages 10 and up.



Every year, the president pardons one turkey for Thanksgiving. One.

But KC and her best friend, Marshall, think one isn’t enough! This year, they want to gather lots of turkeys to be spared.

The night before the holiday, the turkeys are in a big flock on the National Mall waiting to be set free. The next morning they’re gone!

Who would steal 117 Thanksgiving turkeys? KC and Marshall have to ruffle some feathers to find out.

Ages 6-9.



After a wonderful summer of sailing, Verity Gallant just wants life to stay the same forever. But as she should know by now, not everything in life turns out as we would like.

The land is shifting beneath the ancient harbor town of Wellow, causing mysterious caves to appear in cliff faces, terrifying rock falls and dangerous landslides. And the earth isn’t the only thing crumbling…Verity is thrilled that Jeb has returned, but their feelings for each other threaten her friendship with Henry and Martha.

Verity and her friends are embroiled in a tale of evil, intrigue and lost love, as a powerful force works its way toward Wellow, determined to put an end to all happiness. The Heart of Stone is the key, and the race is on to find it.

Ages 8-12.



Zagora Pym has always wanted to be a desert explorer. Her father, Charlie Pym, is exactly that, and she’s always loved to look over his maps of faraway exotic places.

One day she’ll be trekking through the deserts of Africa and China, discovering hidden treasures from lost tribes. But Zagora would never have guessed that her chance to prove herself would come so soon.

Like most adventures, it starts with a mysterious letter. The question is, how will this adventure end?

This spunky, charming female character who’s interested in the male-dominated world of archaeology and world exploration shows girls they can do anything they’d like to do. A humorous and quirky mystery/adventure, this fast-paced story introduces young readers to foreign cultures and exotic locales.

Ages 10 and up.

NOTE: Email to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Horse Diaries: Tennessee Rose” and/or “Growing Up Muslim” and/or “Capital Mysteries: Turkey Trouble on the National Mall.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Nov. 12. 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.