MLK Staff Reads
Published on Monday, September 10, 2012 - 11:13am
Youth Services Manager
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Historical fiction that puts two best friends in the middle of Nazi-occupied France. One, a spy for the British government, tells her story through her confession to her Nazi torturers. The other is a British pilot that does everything in her power to find and save her friend. A moving and surprising story about friendship and loyalty.
Information Services Librarian
Reveille in Washington by Margaret Leech
A classic history about D.C. during the Civil War era is back in print again! In 1860, Washington, D.C. was a sleepy capitol city without much to see. Getting around the city either on foot or wheels was a challenge. The Civil War changed that.
During the war years, civilians and troops came into Washington. More buildings were added. By 1865, Washington was a thriving city on its way to the modern capitol we know today. Besides official Washington, Leech also writes about the hometown part of the city. Readers encounter some familiar names in the book, while others were well-known for their time. I enjoyed reading about how the Civil War impacted the city, both officially and for its residents.
For her work, Leech was awarded the 1942 Pulitzer Prize for History. This reissued edition commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and contains an introduction by premient Civil War historian James M. McPherson.
Popular Services Library Associate
Magic Words by Gerald Kolpan
Gerald Kolpan writes Magic Words in the seasoned language of a long-time reporter, and this gives his fiction both legitimacy and believability, which works to his advantage when his characters wind up in somewhat unbelievable situations. In the novel, his second, he blends the fantastic nature of early-stage magicians with the gritty realities of the American west in the 1860s and 70s.
The Cat, or How I Lost Eternity by Jutta Richter
A slim but by no means simplistic novel translated from German. It depicts the flexible, confusing nature of childhood reality through one girl's development of her own sense of right and wrong.
Imagine Kafka ... but if Kafka wrote for children about ethics. Not your typical kid's book, yet all the better because of it!