Hurricane Song

Ethan Killeen I was incredibly intrigued by Paul Volponi’s historical fiction novel, Hurricane Song.  This story takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana in the middle of Hurricane Katrina. Miles, a high schooler, is staying with his jazz-obsessed dad who he doesn’t see much. When Hurricane Katrina hits, the two of them and Miles’s Uncle Roy are forced to move into

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Dead Wake

The Lusitania, a British cruise ship built for war carried 2,000 people and crossed the Atlantic from Liverpool to New York City.  Unlike other cruise ships, the Lusitania traveled at about 21 knots, (24 miles per hour, which was very fast for that time period) and sliced through the ocean with its razor sharp bow.  Germany had just begun deploying

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Travels with Charley

In 1960 John Steinbeck buys a custom made pickup truck and prepares his poodle Charley to go on an adventure. Traveling America from the tip of Maine to San Francisco, he  rediscovers the country he has been writing about for years. Rocinante is his beloved truck and Charley is his cherished French poodle. Charley, his poodle, is a very social

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Lincoln’s Grave Robbers

Have you ever considered why anyone would want to rob a person’s body from a cemetery? The title of this book, Lincoln’s Grave Robbers, captured my attention.  The cover design and the description on the back of the book were misleading. I expected a fictional suspenseful mystery and realized it was actually a  historical nonfiction book as I read it.

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