Book Review – B is for Battle Cry

B is for Battle Cry
A review by Colleen Sallee, Guest Contributor and Gifted Education Specialist

When perusing through Patricia Bauer’s book, B is for Battle Cry, A Civil War Alphabet, the reader cannot help but be mesmerized by the intricate, captivating illustrations created by David Geister. However, Ms. Bauer quickly draws the reader in with her insightful presentation of detailed information relative to the Civil War. There are non-fictional anecdotes corresponding to each letter of the alphabet which engage the reader in discovering a plethora of information from diseases that plagued the soldiers, to the construction of ironclad ships, and the recognition of the significant roles that women assumed in this war.

B is for Battle Cry ia a successful collaborative effort between Patricia Bauer and her artist husband, David Geister.   While targeted for children, young and old alike will expand their knowledge of this historical time period by reading this masterfully created picture book.

This book is the Rochester Reads youth selection for 2012, and you are invited to join us on April 10th at 6:30 PM in the Library Auditorium to meet Patricia Bauer and David Geister as they present to our children this beautiful book on Civil War History.  Registration is not required, and parents are invited to remain with their children for this presentation.

Book Review – Oracles of Delphi Keep

Oracles of Delphi Keep
Victoria Laurie
A Review by Catherine H. Armstrong

Oracles of Delphi Keep is a fantastic novel intertwining Greek mythology, sorcery and pyschic intuition.  It tells the story of Ian Wigby and and his sister, Theo Fields, both orphans under the sponsorship of the Earl of Dover and housed in Delphi Keep Orphanage.

Life at The Keep is one fun adventure after another, until the day Ian and Theo discover a treasure box hidden deep withiin the caverns of an undiscovered cave.  Retrieving the treasure box, they awaken a beast unlike any they’ve ever seen and nearly meet their demise as they barely escape the jaws of the ginormous beast within the cave.  But the adventure has only begun.  The treasure box they’ve discovered will open a Pandora’s Box of mystery, intrigue and a whole lot of danger and the two will soon be on the run for their lives.

Written by Victoria Laurie, Oracles of Delphi Keep is fast-paced and filled with tons of twists and turns, as well as enough suspense to keep even the most jaded of readers on the edge of his seat.  Though written for a target audience of 5th through 8th grade readers, this book should also appeal to adults and those who enjoy a good story with great characters and heart-stopping action.

Oracles of Delphi Keep is the first in a series of books by Victoria Laurie, followed (so far) by Curse of the Deadman’s Forest and Quest for the Secret Keeper, all of which are available at either Rochester Public Library or through SELCO.

For more information about this series of books, visit the author’s website at www.victorialaurie.com.

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