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Nothing But the Truth

This book is by the award winning author Avi.  On the book I have it says: “A Documentary Novel”.  Everyone has read one at some point.

What is Avi’s full name?  Does anyone know?

The plot is about a young man named Phillip Malloy.  Depending on which part of the documentary you choose to believe, Phillip causes a disturbance during The Star Spangled Banner.  Avi leaves you holding to the end for the complete truth.

Yet truth is always in the eye of the beholder.

The Last Days of Night

This book is written by Graham Moore.  It is appropriate for Tweens and up.

This is a fiction book that fills in the history behind the history.

People know the name Thomas Edison.  A lot of people know the name Tesla and Westinghouse.  Mr. Moore brings their connections together based on the real life attorney of Paul Cravath.

The year is 1888 and electricity is in its infancy.  Edison and Westinghouse are in a race regarding the light bulb and Tesla can make or break their companies.  Paul Cravath walks the fine line between all three of these brilliant and ambitious men.

It’s a book you will not want to put down.

How to Love

This little guide is written by Which That Hahn.  It’s part of a larger series.

Buddhism is one area I’ve read about yet have never really delved into.  I found this little gem tucked in with a whole other group of books relating to Buddhist teachings.  I have heard of Mr. Hahn and this was the first time I read one of his books.

The writing is simple and the teachings deep and thought provoking.  They are open to people of all backgrounds.

The Door in the Wall

This book is written by Marguerite De Angeli. It was awarded the 1950 Newberry Medal.

In a world of political correctness, over doing the political correctness, and stripping authors of distinctions due to works being supposedly “non-inclusive” when all they are doing is reflecting the society the author grew up in, this book is a rare gem no one seems to remember or have heard of.

The book opens with Robin, the 10 year-old protagonist, in the middle of being sick with what is most likely the plague of medieval England.  Robin’s family is one of great importance and he is expected to fulfill those expectations.  Yet Robin doesn’t know how to read and finds himself handicapped by his physical ailments.  Robin is also left by his caretakers and help finds him in a way he wasn’t expecting.

The story is well-written, tone is calm, and the lesson to be taught that recovery and strength takes time and practice and that strength is found in unexpected ways after much preparation.

I wish this book was read in schools.