By Barry Miles
Twelve, $20.00, 718 pages
Barry Miles has written fourteen other books, many of them centered on the “beats”. As one would expect, this book is very well written and does a commendable job of documenting a life which is difficult to read about in a non fiction format. When one reads Burroughs, one can pretend it is all imaginative and sensational fiction, but in reading this biography, it is impossible to ignore that Burroughs led a despicable life.
“The Bunker years were drug years. Virtually everyone Burroughs knew or saw was continually smoking pot, hashish, Thai temple sticks, sniffing or shooting cocaine …
By Sean Olin
Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 352 pages
In Wicked Games, Carter and Lilah start dating and everything goes well for about four years. Then, at a party, Lilah gets drunk and goes crazy. She has emotional issues and she isn’t supposed to get drunk. She has pills she has to take and medicine, and the drinks will mess up the medicine. She climbs on the roof, and Carter sees her. He tells her to sit down and wait for him, but she jumps into the pool! Someone takes her home because she is still drunk. Carter meets another girl, Jules. He likes …
By Helaine Becker, Alex Ries, Illustrator
Kids Can Press, $17.95, 32 pages
This book is about robots that have animal skills. The inventors used the animals’ characteristics to make robots for different kinds of jobs. For example, the Whitesides’ Color Changer is based on a starfish and a cuttlefish. It moves like a starfish, so it can go across sticky terrain. It can change color to either blend in or stand out, like a cuttlefish. The robot can be used to sneak into enemy territory unseen. It’s so cool!
Another robot I really like is the Octobot. It’s based on the Mediterranean Octopus. It can …
By Diane Haithman
Harvard Square Editions, $18.95, 342 pages
Dark Lady of Hollywood is hard to categorize, but one soon gathers that it is a satire of a place the author knows very well. As an arts and entertainment journalist, LA Times staffer and Southern California journalism professor, Haithman shows her love and hate of the town which now has an unknowing international film loving community. The book follows Ken Harrison, a sitcom TV executive who is dying of cancer, but would like to find his dark lady like Shakespeare did so he can go out with love and a bang. Early in the book, …
By Mike Huber, Joseph Cowman, Illustrator
Redleaf Lane, $15.95, 32 pages
I absolutely loved the book The Amazing Erik. My mom and I have read it over and over again. I read it to my three-yr-old friend and she also immediately loved it. I mostly liked the book because of the way I could relate to Erik. He got really upset when his sleeve got wet, and that really bothers me, too. The way it describes his feelings was just the way I feel sometimes. It was also great that his teacher empathized with how he felt instead of telling him how to feel. …
By N. D. Wilson
Random House Books for Young Readers, $16.99, 208 pages
Coach Willie Wisdom’s death sets off a domino reaction. Charlie’s all-star, pro-league football father learned everything he knows from the old coach, so Charlie is hauled out to Taper, Florida, a little town in a sea of sugar cane, to attend the funeral. There he meets Cotton, his step second cousin, who hauls him through the sugar cane. As they are running through the swamp, they see a man in a conquistador helmet with a sword. Later, Charlie and Cotton see him again, digging up Coach’s grave. There they get their …
By David Lubar
Starscape, $15.99, 176 pages
The Wireless Weenies and other Warped and Creepy Tales is written by David Lubar. It’s a collection of, well, warped and creepy tales! All of these stories follow a different plot line and have no related characters. It features zombies, monsters, and weenies.
Some of these stories show possibly an underlying message, and some of them just interesting ideas. All of the stories mainly feature kids. A lot of these kids get payback for what they’ve done, or they make mistakes, and sometimes things just go wrong. Sometimes hate and ignorance kills them.
Sometimes it’s good when the bad things …
By Steven Pressfield
Sentinel HC, $29.95, 448 pages
In 1967, infant state Israel was set upon by all of her Arab neighbors. Five days later, Israel had wiped out the entirety of their enemies’ armies, destroyed all opposing air forces, and captured huge swaths of new territory. How was it possible for the infantile, miniscule state of Zionists to overcome the ancient, well-armed, numerous, and disciplined foes arrayed against it? Simple! By being better-armed, more disciplined, more highly trained, and by outnumbering their foes. But, you might be asking, how did they possibly do these marvelous things? Good question, and Steven Pressfield deftly and …
By L.A. Campbell
Starscape, $12.99, 224 pages
Hal is called “Cart Boy” because he has a cart. He carries things in it. His daddy picked his camp. It’s a history camp. They get to practice bow and arrow on a squirrel silhouette. (Hal almost hit the other guy’s target. The squirrel said, “Bummer.”) They cut trees to make canoes. (Hal did it fine, but he got his axe stuck.) Hal did good on beadwork. He did totally bad on the tug-of-war. (You know what would have been really funny? If he did a face plant instead of landing on his stomach.) The kids don’t …
By Harriet Muncaster, Harriet Muncaster, Illustrator
HarperCollins Children’s, $15.99, 32 pages
I Am a Witch’s Cat is a book about a witch and a cat. The witch puts potions into the bathroom that the cat is not allowed to touch. I liked when the cat was patiently waiting for the witch to come back home. It was funny that the cat liked the babysitter because she let the cat watch TV and eat popcorn until bedtime. My favorite character is the cat. The cat likes to help the witch get the harvest from the garden. The cat’s costume is cute.
I recommend this book for kids …