The Root of Magic

The Root of Magic

by Kathleen Benner Duble42359561

  • June 11th 2019
  • by Delacorte Press
  • ISBN 0525578501
  • (ISBN13: 9780525578505)

A young adult book with a different spin. A young girl, her brother and mother are lost in a snow storm after her winning hockey game. It is where they find themselves that is remarkable. A small town, but not an ordinary small town. The people seem to be mind readers, able to predict things before they occur. Like the tow truck driver and his wife that pull them out of their car before it goes over the bridge causing their death. It is the root of magic that may be the source of power in this town. But the question is being able to know your future is it worth the cost.

It’s a great book about noticing the details, and understanding the human spirit. A book for young readers to understand the magic in the world.



Yoon and Jade Bracelet

Yoon and the Jade Bracelet (Hardcover)
by Helen Recorvits4723146


  • August 5th 2008
  • by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
  • Original Title Yoon and the Jade Bracelet
  • ISBN 0374386897
  • (ISBN13: 9780374386894)


Yoon is struggling to understand her new world. She now lives in America but her family is from Asia and her culture is vastly different. Her mother tries to help her understand her history by giving her a Jade bracelet. When a new school friend asks to see the braclett Yoon shares her treasure, only to have the girl keep her bracelet. Yoon must find a way to change her mind and have her return the bracelet. Yoon learns that she knows more about her belonging than the girl who took it, making the teacher understand the true owner.

All Aboard!

All Aboard!: Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine (Hardcover)
by Monica Kulling8349309

  • August 10th 2010
  • by Tundra Books
  • ISBN 0887769454
  • (ISBN13: 9780887769450)

The story of creation and adaptation that will change your understanding of development.
Elijah McCoy’s idea saved the world of Engineers and change the lives of men whom he learned to value.

Roadrunner’s Dance

Roadrunner’s Dance (Hardcover)
by Rudolfo Anaya625010

  • August 1st 2000
  • by Disney Press
  • Original Title Roadrunner’s Dance
  • ISBN 0786802545
  • (ISBN13: 9780786802548)

The animals were having a problem with a rattle snake that was blocking the road. So Old Woman made a new creature with their help to change the situation. What they did not expect was that Roadrunner would look so strange. But its is his strange nature that made it that they could have a solution to their problem.

The Castle on Hester Street

The Castle on Hester Street (Hardcover)
by Linda Heller2089914

  • October 23rd 2007
  • by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 1982)
  • Original Title The Castle on Hester Street
  • ISBN 0689874340
  • (ISBN13: 9780689874345)

A way for third grade students to learn about immigration through the eyes of first hand experience. What is endearing about the story is that Grandpa exaggerates everything he describes, while Grandma tells the truth about how they came to america. It is a book that made the kids crazy and hyper as they strove to prove that Grandpa was right and Grandma was lying. Its a great book for young readers to learn about how you look at things, and how it changes with true understanding.

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale (Hardcover)
by Carmen Agra Deedy 1161994

  • July 1st 2007
  • by Peachtree Publishers
  • Original Title Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale
  • ISBN 1561453994
  • (ISBN13: 9781561453993)

Martina is ready to be married at all of 21 days, but she is told to do a silly thing by her grand mother to find out the temperament of her suitors. This not only shows there personality but saves her. Whats funny is the shyest suitor is the one who suits her the most.

Finding Lincoln

Finding Lincoln (Hardcover)
by Ann Malaspina6536520

  • September 1st 2009
  • by Albert Whitman Company
  • Original Title Finding Lincoln
  • ISBN 0807524352
  • (ISBN13: 9780807524350)

A great story for showing race relations in the south in a manner that young children can understand. This book shows how Jim Crow laws still affected children in the 1950’s in the south. And how unfair and strange these laws seem now was the way of life. It brings to the forefront the changes that the Civil Rights movement change, with out causing offence to the children today.

Star Path

Star Path (North America’s Forgotten Past #25; People of Cahokia #4)
by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O’Neal Gear40393513_1240837829399685_6722442975877529600_o

  • June 25th 2019
  • by Forge
  • ISBN 1250176158
  • (ISBN13: 9781250176158)
  • Series People of Cahokia #4, North America’s Forgotten Past #25

It’s hard to gather my thoughts on this book, I am caught in on the edge of a cliff metaphorically. Left at a the moment of anticipation wanting to know the end of the story, will the characters overcome their difficulties? Will they survive? And will life be worth living if they do survive?

Lady Night Shadow Star has a mission from Piasa, to kill her horrific brother Walking Smoke, the witch Lightning Shell. The battle of Powers of the Sky and the Underworld is wound around her life, from the moment she was allied with Piasa. She has to face her world and her place in it. The dramatic change in her creates a new polished aspect to her character that makes her more real, and more enduring. No longer the high polished Lady, who knows nothing of her world, the bravery and reliance of her characters transformation may be the one thing that will enable her to survive, a bet for a little bit longer.

Fire Cat has learned to love Lady Night Shadow Star in a way that he never expected. He thought he knew love and his responsibilities when he was the war leader of the Red Wing village. His absolute devotion to Night Shadow has grown from mutual respect and admiration of her resilient and powerful soul. He will risk everything, anything to save her. He spends the travel of the across the known world, not only trying to survive but to protect her in every way.

Seven Skull Shield may be the one character who has the most relevance in story. He is faced with ultimate power, and complete and utter devastation. He goes from the great power and control of being in charge of Lady Night Shadow Star’s house hold, to a tortured prisoner. It is his friendship that not only cost him nearly everything, but also what may save him.

Blue Heron, deposed Keeper of the Four Winds Clan, will have to use her wits to survive her greatest change. She will lose all she owns, all she values, and have to rely on Seven Skull Shield is a way she never anticipated, but it is that friendship she needs to survive.

I anticipate Lightning Shell the next book in the series with great want and need. The resolution of Night Shadow Star’s quest is something this avid reader is impatient to find resolved. Michael and Kathleen Gear have a way of writing that bring not only events but characters to life. Their readers like themselves live the lives of the characters in the story. Wanting what they want, and hoping for a future for the character that is as grand as their tortured story can allow. You are caught up in the story, turning pages over and over in succession with a need to find the next step in the process, hoping that your fears do not come true, but also getting lost in the story and characters in an almost addictive way. Star Path is another step in the masterpiece that is the People of Cahokia series.

Grandfather Tang’s Story

Grandfather Tang’s Story
by Ann Tompert282631

  • August 12th 1997
  • by Dragonfly Books (first published 1990)
  • Original Title Grandfather Tang’s Story (Dragonfly Books)
  • ISBN 0517885581
  • (ISBN13: 9780517885581)


Used in a third grade classroom to add to the understanding of the Tan o gram concept to the students. It’s a cute story of a grandfather sharing a series of tan o gram transformations, with an explanation of how to create your own tan o grams in paper.

The Emperor of Nihon-Ja

The Emperor of Nihon-Ja (Ranger’s Apprentice, #10)
by John Flanagan7592279

  • November 1st 2010
  • by Random House
  • Australia
  • ISBN 1741664489
  • (ISBN13: 9781741664485)


The tenth book in the series. One that explains how the importance of diplomatic relationships can enhance the knowledge and understanding of the People of Araluen and their ruling class. Horace has been sent on a mission to Nihon-Ja based on the Japanese society. But his personal involvement in a political struggle in Nihon-Ja, can cause a lot of problems.
His actions could not only affect Araluen diplomacy but can risk his life. Only his friends and their knowledge of other fighting systems, and other methods will be able to protect Emperor, but also save Horace from himself.

A great expanding edition to the series, and another expressed exposure of children of the importance of historical innovation and fighting tactics. The book also looks into the view of ruling class, and working class, and how cast systems can not be as fair.