Tuesday, May 15, 2018



EYES & SPIES: How You’re Tracked and Why You Should Know by Tanya Lloyd Kyi. Illus. by Belle Wuthrich. Berkeley, CA:  Annick Press, 2017.  135p.  ISBN 978-155451911-8 hc. $22.95    Gr. 5-12    YA 323.448 KY

This book covers electronic privacy concerns because of computers and online programs that access our personal data and transmit it to other electronic sources.  We’re on camera at home, at the store, in the restaurant, and at school.  We willingly give our own information to social media sites and online accounts every day.  The information is condensed into 135 pages, presented with tables and graphs that are easy to understand.  Many chapters include “The Creepy Line” which features true life examples of topics such as hidden surveillance, cyberbullying, invasion of privacy, and gathering data from social media accounts.  There’s a complete bibliography and index at the back of the book to help check facts and read more about cyber topics.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

MIDNIGHT AT THE ELECTRIC by Jodi Lynn Anderson.  New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2017.  257p.  ISBN: 9780062393548 hc. $17.99   Gr. 9-12    YA FIC

In this science fiction story that takes place in 2065, characters and historic events are connected over the sp
an of 115 years.  Adri Ortiz is one of the smartest, most driven people on the planet and that's how she became a candidate for the Mars program.  Her only flaw seems to be a reluctance to socialize.  That could be attributed to the loss of her parents at an early age and the absence of any family members....until now.  While waiting for her launch date into space, Adri has been sent to an
aged cousin, Lily, who lives on a a
 Kansas farm near the government colonization center where Adri will be training.  While helping Lily clean out closets, Adri finds a bundle of mysterious letters written by Lenore in England at the end of World War I in 1919 and a diary written by Catherine who
resided on this very same Kansas farm during the Dust Bowl in 1934.  The common thread between all the female characters is their willingness to follow their dreams, even if it means traveling to new states, new countries, or a new planet.

Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

DOWN BY THE RIVER by Andrew Weiner. Illus. by April Chu.  New York: Abrams Books, 2018.  32p.  ISBN 978-14197-22936 hc. $17.99    Gr. K-3     E PIC
The basics of fly-fishing are covered in this fact-filled story about Art's day of fly fishing with his mother and grandfather.  They start the day with a checklist of food and equipment needed for their trip to the trout stream.  Art's mother is quite an expert, and snags a rainbow trout on her first try.  With coaching by his grandfather, Art uses good fishing technique and catches a brown trout of his own.  It's a gentle story of family tradition and nature conservation joined together by the sport of fly fishing.  The end pages are beautifully illustrated with a variety of flies such as "Zonker," "Copper John Jig," "Rattlin' Baitfish" and many more - each designed to catch different kinds of fish.  There's also an illustrated section titled "About Fly fishing" and one about the clothing needed for a safe fishing trip.  This book will inspire readers to find out more about fish and fishing.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI