Description : The cartoons focus on a delightful array of familiar situations and characters, including teachers (from the underappreciated to the overrated), students (from the overachievers to the slackers), and parents (from the demanding to the uninterested). Such New Yorker greats as Charles Barsotti, William Hamilton, Roz Chast, and many others examine education from every perspective with the insightful wit that is the signature of the magazine's cartoons.
Description : Lily Ellsworth — erect, firm, white-haired and stylish — is the grand dame of Dowling, Massachusetts, and possesses an iron will and a bottomless purse. When she hires Spenser to investigate her grandson Jared Clark's alleged involvement in a school shooting, Spenser is led into an investigation that grows more harrowing at every turn. Though seven people were killed in cold blood, and despite being named as a co-conspirator by the other shooter, Mrs. Ellsworth is convinced of her grandson's innocence. Jared's parents are resigned to his fate, and the boy himself doesn't seem to care whether he goes to prison for a crime he might not have committed. As the probe goes on, Spenser finds himself up against a number of roadblocks — from the school officials who don't want him investigating, to Jared's own parents, who are completely indifferent to the boy's defence. Ultimately Spenser discovers a web of blackmail and some heavy-duty indiscretions—and a truth too disturbing to contemplate. Before the case reaches its unfortunate end, Spenser is forced to make a series of difficult decisions—with fatal consequences.
Description : School Days (Chemin-d’Ecole) is a captivating narrative based on Patrick Chamoiseau’s childhood in Fort-de-France, Martinique. It is a revelatory account of the colonial world that shaped one of the liveliest and most creative voices in French and Caribbean literature today. Through the eyes of the boy Chamoiseau, we meet his severe, Francophile teacher, a man intent upon banishing all remnants of Creole from his students’ speech. This domineering man is succeeded by an equally autocratic teacher, an Africanist and proponent of “Negritude.” Along the way we are also introduced to Big Bellybutton, the class scapegoat, whose tales of Creole heroes and heroines, magic, zombies, and fantastic animals provide a fertile contrast to the imported French fairy tales told in school. In prose punctuated by Creolisms and ribald humor, Chamoiseau infuses the universal terrors, joys, and disappointments of a child’s early school days with the unique experiences of a Creole boy forced to confront the dominant culture in a colonial school. School Days mixes understanding with laughter, knowledge with entertainment—in ways that will fascinate and delight readers of all ages.
Description : Inspirational and humorous autobiographical essays on coming of age in a small western Pennsylvania river town during WW II, the Korean and Viet-Nam Wars. Young William fought World War II from a fox-hole that he and his childhood friends dug and in which he was wounded. He believed that since he graduated from a smoky, mill-town high school, he might not easily get admitted to college, so he applied to fourteen of them. After graduating from college with honors, he describes getting a PhD, a less-than-heroic stint in the military and becoming a professor and business consultant. A continuing theme is his relationship with “the girl of his dreams,” a beautiful redhead who he met at 14 and to whom he has been married for more than a half century. He describes his older Brother, who fought in Korea and came home to live the life of a playboy until he met the love of his life, his nurturing Mother and a Father who set an example to which he still aspires. The reader will learn about things as diverse as the Whiskey rebellion, teenage behavior before the sexualization of culture, a useful decision paradigm created on Omaha Beach and how to impress a girl by tasting her hair. The book ends with musings on how two very different people can come together and create a happy and enduring marriage. Anyone interested in what life and relationships were like in the middle of the 20th Century, when three wars consumed the daily attention of the nation, will find this book to be interesting, thought-provoking and entertaining.
Description : A collection of traditional rhymes illustrated and adapted to a school setting in which the characters are all dogs, with hidden objects for the reader to find in the illustrations.
Description : First novel in the Queen's Airman series, following Hugh Thomas through his early air force days. He completes his growing up in a strict regime enlivened by demanding training both physically and academically. Love and sex are also taken care of by several women only too eager for liaisons with the handsome young man in uniform. He is involved in many escapades and forms friendships with members of the 73rd Entry, No1 Radio School. Friends who appear later in the series. During his third year Thomas comes to the attention of the security services who recruit him for a special task working in a secret establishment in an attempt to hoodwink a Russian GRU team operating in the UK. An early introduction in to what is to become a life of love, despair, intrigue and death. A time of growing up in a treacherous world of betrayal.
Description : Letters of the alphabet, numbers for counting, and beginning vocabulary words are illustrated with pictures featuring Clifford, the big red dog.