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The Road


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I chose The Road by McCormac for the 36-hour plane trip that lay ahead of me. Perfect book, I thought: smallish, short paragraphs, well-spaced writing, and lots of dialog. That would suit a fast-fading attention span just fine.  On the first leg of the journey, my journey that is, a huge storm moved in over Dallas resulting in a gloomy six hour delay at the airport.  I felt a bit more hopeful when a young guy a seat away leaned over and said, “That book, best I’ve ever read!!” So with that, I settled in to read the #1 Bestseller, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.

This is a Post-apocalyptic story of a young boy and his father as they journey south toward the coast. Dogged by constant fear, and with only each other, they encounter one horrific incident after another – no blue sky between. By the end of the book, you  will feel the ash in your hair and under your skin.  The man in the yellow jacket, was he supposed to save us from this story of unrelenting despair? I’m not convinced. A reader will bring his own resolution to this one.

Remarkable writing, faced-paced, engrossing – yes to all of those.   The Road certainly made my own trip go faster. At least, I got to journey’s end.

An ill-advised adventure…

 ICE DOGS by Terry Lynn Johnson/ Houghton Mifflin

High Interest Middle School (Grades 5–8), 288 pages


“Sometimes I wish I could trade places with the dogs.  They only have to worry about running and eating.  They love fiercely and don’t worry about things they can’t control.. And when someone dies, they can sit on top of their house, throw their head back and howl.”  


Ice Dogs


Junior Library Guild has come through with another outstanding addition to the Winston Library.  A musher herself, Terry Lynn Johnson knows the Alaskan terrain where mistakes will cost you everything.  Feeling pretty lost after the death of her father, fourteen-year-old dog sledder, Victoria Secord, sets off with her team of dogs intending to return home that same evening.  If life could be so simple! This high-adventure novel kept me awake until I’d finished it.