Sunday, August 18, 2013

Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement

Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement
Author: Rick Bowers
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books
Release Date: 1/12/2010
Goodreads Synopsis:

The Spies of Mississippi is a compelling story of how state spies tried to block voting rights for African Americans during the Civil Rights era. This book sheds new light on one of the most momentous periods in American history.

Author Rick Bowers has combed through primary-source materials and interviewed surviving activists named in once-secret files, as well as the writings and oral histories of Mississippi civil rights leaders. Readers get first-hand accounts of how neighbors spied on neighbors, teachers spied on students, ministers spied on church-goers, and spies even spied on spies.

The Spies of Mississippi will inspire readers with the stories of the brave citizens who overcame the forces of white supremacy to usher in a new era of hope and freedom—an age that has recently culminated in the election of Barack Obama.

     The Spies of Mississippi, was a somewhat engrossing book. I found that the author organized the book in such a way that, as each new person or event was introduced and recounted throughout the story, he also made connections to previous people and events mentioned. This allowed the reader to remember facts and understand the occurrences.  In certain parts of the book, however, I found myself wondering whether what I was reading pertained to the main topic, which was spying. Later, though, the author would connect the two. This made me curious as to whether it was added as an afterthought or if this was purposely done.
     I usually tend not to re-read non-fiction books for a variety of reasons. Even if I did, I'm not quite sure if I would re-read this book. On one hand, I found it very entertaining and it was an interesting subject of which I had never heard of before. However, I also found myself occasionally becoming bored with it. I do think that the good in this book cancelled out the bad.
     This was a generally delightful and informative read. I would suggest that ages 10 and up take a look through The Spies of Mississippi. I would also like to add that anyone who is older than 10, would very much benefit by reading this as well.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Tidal (Watersong #3) 
Author: Amanda Hocking
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: June 4th, 2013
Recommended Age: High School
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Tidal continues the story of the Watersong Quartet.  I really loved this book, just like I loved the previous books in the series.  The character relationships continue to develop and grow, and the siren mythology is expanded on as well.  I'm excited to read Elegy, the final book in the series.


In this book, Gemma and Harper are still trying to figure out how to break the siren curse in a way that doesn't end in Gemma's death.  Harper's library coworker, Marcy, has a friend who knows about mythology.  They go meet her, and she tells them about the scroll.  The scroll contains all the information about the curse, possibly including how to break it.  Gemma knows she must find this scroll, and the sirens probably have it with them.  Searching for the scroll is an important part of this book.

Harper and Daniel are officially a couple by the beginning of this book.  They are so cute together.  I liked their dates that they went on.  Unfortunately for Daniel, Penn has an obsession with him.  She wants to be with him.  She is also fascinated because he can resist the siren song.  In this book, we do find out why he is immune to their song.  Daniel makes a deal with Penn.  I won't say what the deal is, but it will interesting to see whether or not he follows through with the deal in the next book.

Alex is dealing with the repercussions of what Gemma did to him at the end of Lullaby.  She used her siren song on him to convince him that he didn't love her, but she didn't know how much that would mess him up.  Alex no longer really cares about anything, and it feels like he is missing a part of him.  He starts drinking and getting in fights.  He wakes up every morning hating Gemma, but part of him knows that he is actually supposed to love her.  Gemma realizes that she must find a way to undo what she did to him.

If you like YA paranormal, read this book.    
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