Page Turners

Here is a list of books that have been shared on KMA's Page Turners with the Shenandoah Public Library.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives by Cathleen Lewis -
What an inspirational story! Rex is born with two huge challenges: he is blind and has a cyst in his brain. The cyst can be drained, but after the surgery to do so, Rex's behavior becomes increasingly withdrawn. Through years of struggle, his mother Cathleen fights the odds and the obstacles with love, patience, and a fierce determination to see her son achieve all he can. At the age of two, Rex receives his first keyboard and begins using it to make small connections with the world at large. His talent, his gift, his genius soon become apparent, and people in high places begin to call him "savant." Above all, though, this is the story of a mother's love for her son and a little boy's courage to love in return.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Paragon Lost - Dave Duncan
Let me preface this by saying I've been weeding out our sci-fi/fantasy section. As I went through, I took home a stack of books on probation. If I found one I could recommend to someone else, it would stay. Well, out of 6 or 7 so far, this is the only one that made the cut. A story of swords and sorcery, of honor lost and regained, this book made me curious about other books in the series "Chronicles of the King's Blades." Blades are expert swordsmen from the Ironhall academy, bound as protectors to a ward through a magic ceremony - for life or until released by the King from his service. Beaumont is considered the greatest blade Ironhall has ever produced. However, soon after his binding, he and two other blades set out with their ward on a journey to bring the king his bride. In the distant land where she lives, a tyrant sits on the throne, and the terrible events that result from their arrival there leave one blade dead, one demented, and one disgraced. Two years later, another perilous journey may allow Beaumont to take his place again among his brother blades - if he can survive it.