by Margaret Peterson Haddix
reviewed by Karina
From the moment this book starts it firmly attaches to your heart. It pulls at your heart strings every step of the way, through every wittingly titled chapter, through every dramatic sentence, through every span of drama. Full ride is truly a novel worth throwing away two or so hours of your life on. This story starts out in Virginia with our main character Becca. She and her mother have been in hiding for years and they want to escape the pain. The pain of what? Of her father’s many crimes putting them all in danger of Excellerand, a highly powerful corporation like Google. Becca never gets to see or hear from her father unless their malicious, power hungry lawyer gets involved. Becca and her mother flee to Deskins, Ohio where they can start anew, but even by moving Becca can’t achieve the one goal she has. All she wants is to go to college, but with her predicament she can’t…until she finds a scholarship.It’s a full ride scholarship and all of Becca’s friends want it too. It’s called the Whitney Court scholarship…
The holidays are upon us; and that means everyone is getting into the spirit with their favorite holiday traditions. One of my personal favorite things to kick off winter cheer is to use my “Peppermint Bark Lip Shine” from Philosophy. It smells like deep peppermint with a touch of dark chocolate.
Swiss Miss Marshmallow Lover’s hot chocolate also gets me into the ho-ho-holidays. It comes with so many marshmallows, one pouch can’t keep all the gooey goodness contained. The mix comes in one packet, and marshmallows in another. This is truly a delicious winter time drink.
My final holiday favorite is “Holidays on Ice” by David Sedaris. It’s a book containing a collection of six Christmas themed short stories. The story that had me laughing was”Christmas Means Giving. “ It’s about an extremely wealthy family who are the envy of the whole neighborhood until the Cottinghams roll into town. The Cottinghams quickly try to one up their outrageously rich neighbors. First it starts with little things like pre-Columbian sofa bed collections and 10,000 flip flops. Eventually the two families get into a big fight about whose family Christmas card is the most meaningful. Then, as you can guess, it becomes a race to see who can create a holiday card leaving their rich neighbors Oooooing and Awwwing at their family’s generosity. I was giggling through the whole story, so over all Christmas Means Giving could not have been a more perfect ending to this short story collection.
I wish you and your friends and family a happy, healthy and safe holiday as well as a new year full of exciting opportunities and love.
Here is a short animate film by Pixar’s Rodrigo Blaas. It reminds me a bit of the twilight zone. I hope it isn’t too creepy for you.
The Mary S. Biesecker Public Library has a summer reading program every year, and for the last 4 years it has included a reading incentive program for children in grades 3-6. Over those 4 years I have had many teens ask us to extend the program to them, so we are listening. This year teens in grades 7-12 are invited to participate in the summer reading incentive program.
We will be giving away books, freebie coupons, and gift cards from local, regional, and national businesses. The Grand Prize for the Teen division is a $50 Wal-Mart Gift Card. The Program starts on June 10th and ends August 5th. We will hold the prize drawings shortly after the program finishes. Instructions and program information can be picked up at the Mary S. Biesecker Public Library at any time.
Funding and donations for this program were provided by Sheetz, Eat’n Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Mary S. Biesecker Public Library, Anonymous donors, and individual donations. We thank all of these organizations and individuals!