My son Ian just finished reading a book titled The First Shot written by Stanley Harris. This is a great book for anyone in 5th-7th that is going to be studying or is interested in American History, (which we are this year).. He LOVED it..
Eleven-year old Charles Miller goes back in time to the Battle of Lexington in 1775. His adventure begins when he is visited by Ben Sampson, also eleven, who lives in 1775. Charles meets Ben's fahter, Paul Revere, John Hancock, Sam Adams and Captain John Parker during a time of tension, danger and excitement as the Minuteman await the approaching Redcoats. Charles is a witness to the Battle as he solves one of the greatest mysteries of American history-who fired the shot that began the Battle of Lexington....The First Shot.
This book is available to order from The Blue Bunny, just give us a call.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I've been reading lots of books all summer: adult, young adult, and middle grade, both fiction and non-fiction. I finally grabbed "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead from the shelf at The Blue Bunny, and put it at the top of my pile of bedside books. I had read so many reviews singing the praises of this intermediate level children's novel, I figured I'd better see what the fuss was about. And.... I really liked it! In fact, the more I think about it, the more I like it.
What I liked about it (without giving it away): it's interesting, thought-provoking, mind-boggling, sweet, funny, very entertaining, and just right in so many ways for middle-grade readers (I love this about it). It takes place in the seventies, and reminds me in some hard-to-grasp way of so many books I loved as a kid. The nuances of character Stead creates are just perfect, and the plot development is a wonder.
This book feels very real, yet surreal, and smart, and funny, and is full of many universal truths hidden in the fictional lives of these city kids in 1979. Check it out, and hang on for the ride!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Summer is winding down, and I'm taking stock of all the wonderful events we have had. One success story: Blue Bunny on the Road. We did two events at the Dedham Public Library (John Lechner booksigning of "The Clever Stick," and Hallie Durand booksigning of "Dessert First"), and two events at the Milton Public Library (Julie Hahnke booksigning of "The Grey Ghost," and Deb Kovacs and Catie Copley booksigning of "Catie Copley's Great Escape"). (See photo of Catie and Copley Plaza concierge Jim Carey).
We also took our popular Blue Bunny Storytime program on the road with 4 visits to the Dedham Community House Day Camp, 2 visits to Dedham's Early Childhood Education Center Summer Program, and a visit to the KinderCare DayCare and Preschool in Westwood. All were great fun and warmly received.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Hello to all our Blue Bunny friends. Welcome to our new blog. Our staff will be posting recent news from the store, including information about upcoming events, and reviews of all the wonderful books we have been reading. We're glad you found us. And when you can, hop on down to our wonderful little store in Dedham Square, MA.