The Bookbag, Books for Ages 8 to 12, January/February 2006

Given the volume of books we’re processing, we’ve decided to go to a bi-monthly format for the Bookbag. As time and seasons/special events warrant, we’ll post additional notes.

The Food Journal of Lewis and Clark: Recipes for an Expedition, Mary Gunderson. “The casual reader might be a little suspicious that this is just a marketing gimic that does little justice to history or the culinary arts. The reader would be dead wrong. This is an extraordinarily well researched work. Historically dead accurate.” (History Cooks, 2003)

Mark’s Story: An Introduction to the Gospel of Mark (Gospel Storyteller Series), Marvin G. Baker. The stories in the gospel are related in conversational rather than a sermon-like style. “The material is presented in a manner that shows reverence for the scripture and respect for the spiritual integrity of the lessons that comprise Mark’s Gospel. The author tells the stories in everyday language; dresses the characters in recognizable clothing; and illustrates people, places, and events as if they were part of today’s world.” (Innovative Christian Publications, a Division of Baker Tritten Concepts, 2003)

Steroid Deceit: A Body Worth Dying For
, Jeff Rutstein. Christine Hohlbaum (SAHM Expert for ClubMom) offered us her review of this book. “I highly recommend this book for its honesty and eye-opening quality.” Parents, teachers, coaches all need to read this book with their athletes. [Note: Our Target Audience Review is pending] (Custom Fitness Publishing, 2005)

A Storm Without Rain: A Novel in Time, Jan Adkins. Our target audience review from Be the Star You Are is just in. Our teen STAR reviewer loved this book: “This book is terrific – I would really like to see it succeed – I can’t say enough good things about it – what a surprise!” (Woodenboat Publications, 2004)

Thunder on the Desert, Jay B. Winderman. Thunder, a young desert turtle, has lost his home, family, and friends to the ravages of a bulldozer. “Thunder and his friends are lovable, memorable characters. There are all kinds of lessons to be learned, friendship, sharing, care for one another, appreciating personal differences, importance of habitat to all of the earth’s inhabitants, and more.” (Pill Bug Press, 2005)