Today, a little something for those who prefer their stories to be of the “true” variety.
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson looks at the Titanic disaster from the points of view of several passengers and crew members. Also included are perspectives from those on the nearby ships. The book is full of primary source information. It won an honor as one of the best young adult non-fiction books last year. And I actually enjoyed it. Which is saying something because I typically have no interest in the Titanic (It was a boat. It sank. People died. End of story. Why does it need a Celine Dion soundtrack?).
Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan by Rick Bowers is a great sotry about how the Superman comic and radio shows were used to help sway public opinion against the KKK as it rose in popularity. The book gives a history of the development of Superman as a character and icon, as well as the story of the KKK. The book also gives you web links to listen to the episodes they talk about.
Finally, Moby-Duck is a fun story about a bunch of ducks lost at sea. A cargo ship lost a crate of rubber ducks during a storm in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. A little while later, rubber ducks (and frogs, turtles, and beavers) started washing up on distant shores. People began searching for them, and scientists collected information about where they were found. This information was used to help scientists better understand ocean currents across the globe. There’s even a picture book based on this story, Eric Carle’s Ten Little Rubber Ducks. Thanks to Dr. Schindler for donating this book to the library.
Finally, for all of you Doctor Who fans out there, Google New Zealand has a great Doctor Who Google doodle and game today.