Callie loves theater; and while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget.
But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage and offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen; and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!Discuss this item on our forum.
A new book of sketches, artwork, and personal reflection from the brilliant mind of author and illustrator Shaun Tan.
I'm often wary of using the word -- Shaun Tan
inspiration to introduce my work -- it sounds too much like a sun shower from the heavens, absorbed by a passive individual enjoying an especially receptive moment. While that may be the case on rare occasions, the reality is usually far more prosaic. Staring at a blank piece of paper, I can't think of anything original. I feel utterly uninspired and unreceptive. It's the familiar malaise of
artist's block, and in such circumstances there is only one thing to do: just start drawing.
In The Bird King: An Artist's Notebook, we find a window into the creative process: the stops and starts, the ideas that never took off, and the ones that grew into something much bigger. Fans of The Arrival will recognize the quirky, surreal sensibility that is so distinctly Shaun Tan in this stunning collection, and gain insight into how his many gorgeous books were made.Discuss this item on our forum.
King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is... You better take it before your filthy, abnormal, fraudulent self is bared to the nation.
Dr. Martin Luther King received this demand in an anonymous letter in 1964. He believed that the letter was telling him to commit suicide. Who wrote this anonymous letter? The man behind it all was J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI's first director.
In this unsparing exploration of one of the most powerful Americans of the twentieth century, accomplished historian Marc Aronson unmasks the man behind the Bureau - his tangled family history and personal relationships; his own need for secrecy, deceit, and control; and the broad trends in American society that shaped his world. Hoover may have given America the security it wanted, but the secrets he knew gave him (and the Bureau) all the power he wanted.
Using photographs, cartoons, movie posters, and FBI transcripts, Master of Deceit gives readers the necessary evidence to make their own conclusions. Here is a book about the twentieth century that blazes with questions and insights about our choices in the twenty-first.Discuss this item on our forum.
No picture accurately resembled him in the minute traits of his person... there was an expression of his face that no painter had succeeded in taking. --London's New Monthly Magazine in 1790.
George Washington's face has been painted, printed, and engraved more than a billion times since his birth in 1732. Yet, even in his lifetime, no picture seemed to capture the likeness of the man who is now the most iconic of all our presidents. Worse still, people today often see this founding father as the
old and grumpy Washington on the dollar bill.
In 2005 a team of historians, scientists, and artisans at Mount Vernon set out to change the image of our first president. They studied paintings and sculptures, pored over Washington's letters to his tailors and noted other people's comments about his appearance, even closely examined the many sets of dentures that had been created for Washington. Researchers tapped into skills as diverse as 18th-century leatherworking and cutting-edge computer programming to assemble truer likenesses.
Their painstaking research and exacting processes helped create three full-body representations of Washington as he was at key moments in his life. All along the way, the team gained new insight into a man who was anything but
old and grumpy. Join award-winning author Carla Killough McClafferty as she unveils the statues of the three Georges and rediscovers the man who became the face of a new nation.
When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. Years later, she was diagnosed with autism.
While Temple's doctor recommended a hospital, her mother believed in her: Temple went to school instead. Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career revolutionized the livestock industry. As an advocate for autism, Temple uses her experience as an example of the unique contributions that autistic people can make.
This compelling biography complete with Temple's personal photos takes us inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism.Discuss this item on our forum.
During her unparalleled fifty-year history, Barbie has been the doll that some people love and others love to hate. There's no question that she's influenced generations, but to what end?
Acclaimed nonfiction author Tanya Lee Stone takes an unbiased look at how Barbie became the icon that she is and at the impact that she's had on our culture (and vice versa). Featuring passionate anecdotes and memories from a range of girls and women, a foreword by Meg Cabot, and original color photographs, this book explores the Barbie phenomenon in a brand-new light.Discuss this item on our forum.
In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: when placed next to radioactive material, a uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned three continents.
In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.
Bomb is a fascinating read as well as the winner of the 2013 Robert F. Sibert Medal, the winner of the 2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, and a 2013 Newbery Honor book.Discuss this item on our forum.