In honor of the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, here are some books to help you get a head start on your urban gardening this year. Find these titles and many more at your Rosedale Neighborhood Library.
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Charles Portis’ classic novel, True Grit, tells the story of young Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old seeking justice for her father’s murder. She states in the opening line of the novel, “People do not give it credence that a 14-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father’s blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day.” She is right about this sort of thing not happening every day, but then again, strong, young female characters like Mattie do not come around every day either.Mattie hires an ornery old U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn, to help her track down her father’s killer, and the pair are joined by Texas Ranger LeBoeuf, who has been hunting the killer, Tom Chaney, for an unrelated homicide in Texas. At first the two older men try to leave Mattie behind, but her dogged pursuit eventually convinces them that she is up to the task.
Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story tells the tale of Craig Gilner, a 15-year-old high school student who suffers from anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. While much of the subject material in the novel is quite serious, the whole story is infused with humor, and it is much more amusing than a story about mental illness has any right to be. The novel begins with Craig detailing the few things in life that give him pleasure, as well as the many, many things that cause him anxiety. It seems that nearly everything in his life causes stress. School, girls, his friends, and his parents—they all contribute to Craig’s neuroses that have gotten bad enough that he can barely eat, sleep, or function normally. After a lengthy introduction to Craig’s problems, and one particularly bad night that ends with him calling a suicide hotline, Craig visits the emergency room.
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