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America Goes to the Fair: All about State and County Fairs in the United States

by Lila Perl

Commercial fairs come in all sizes-- county, state, and international--and they are as popular today as ever. How did they come to be? What goes on at them? Why do they continue to appeal to young people? This lively report on the modern fair answers these questions and many others. The opening chapters relate the change from the European market fair, like the one at Nizhni Novgorod in Russia, to the competitive showcase that developed in the United States. Following chapters take up the various activities that fairs engage in: agricultural events, household arts, youth and vocational programs, entertainment, and special exhibits in such fields as science and transportation. Specific examples from the over 3200 fairs that take place each year illustrate each category, and major fairs all over the country are included. Not surprisingly, the largest one is the State Fair of Texas, held outside of Dallas. All this wide-ranging information is gathered together in a smoothly knit narrative by a knowledgeable author, who has participated in a number of fairs herself.

Bold Sons Of Erin

by Owen Parry

A Union general's senseless murder is swiftly cloaked in lies and the evidence points to Irish laborers struggling to find a place in their new homeland. But the turmoil of war hides layers of dangerous secrets, and a Welsh immigrant nursing wounds old and new must overcome ancient hatreds to honor justice. Thousands of Irishmen serve valiantly on the fields of battle, yet others deny that the South's rebellion is any concern of theirs. Amid maddening rumors and lingering superstitions, an effort to draft more Irishmen into the army leads to a violent confrontation. A local death threatens to become an international crisis. At the request of President Lincoln, Union Major Abel Jones follows the trail of guilt from a windswept graveyard to the killing fields of Fredericksburg -- and soon learns that no one really wants to know the truth behind the general's murder. While heartbreaking revelations tear at his own family, Jones must work his way through encounters with Irish secret societies and past the distrust of men and women for whom starvation and oppression are recent memories. Political agendas disregard mere facts, and even the dead general might not be the man he first seemed. In this gripping novel, Washington intrigue and industrial corruption collide with hints of rural witchcraft and the sorrows of political exile. A wandering beauty who may be mad, a priest with an unbearable secret, revolutionary assassins, and a genuine Irish hero, Meagher of the Sword, are but a few of the vivid characters who rise full-blooded from these pages. At once swift of pace and poetic, ablaze with suspense and rich with insights into the human heart, Bold Sons of Erin continues Owen Parry's tradition of bringing America's past to life with unrivaled storytelling ability, extraordinary historical accuracy, and a disarming sense of our common humanity.

Here Comes the Bus!

by Carolyn Haywood

[From the dust jacket:] "After Jonathan moved to the country he had to take a bus to school. On the bus he met Melissa Molasses, whose attempts to be helpful ruined the lunch Jonathan's mother had fixed for him. Mr. Riley, the bus driver, was helpful too--he helped everybody. Without Mr. Riley the first grade would never have had two birthday cakes instead of one when they celebrated Jonathan's birthday. Jonathan and Melissa might also have remained stuck in a snow bank the rest of the winter. That was the day Mr. Riley sighed "What a morning!" to himself in heartfelt tones. Little did he realize he had an even worse one in store for him---the morning the children took their assorted pets to school for the Pet Show. Jonathan, like Eddie and Betsy, is always so well-meaning that the trouble he causes becomes all the funnier. Children who ride a school bus will find much that is familiar in this warm-hearted story. Those who don't ride one will wish they did." There are over twenty more books in the Bookshare collection about Penny, Peter and their friends at camp. Look for Carolyn Haywood to find books about Betsy, Eddie and other kids like you, even though they were children over 60 years ago in the middle of the twentieth century. Some of the book titles you'll find are: "B" is for Betsy, Betsy's Busy Summer, Betsy's Merry Christmas, Betsy and the Circus, Betsy and Mr. Kilpatrick, Betsy's Winterhouse, Eddie the Dog Holder, Eddie and his big Deals, Eddie's Pay Dirt, Eddie and Gardenia, Ever Ready Eddie, Eddie and the Fire Engine, Penny Goes to Camp, and many more! Many of these books have picture descriptions.

The Importance of Living

by Lin Yutang

The Importance of Living is a wry, witty antidote to the dizzying pace of the modern world. Lin Yutang's prescription is the classic Chinese philosophy of life: Revere inaction as much as action, invoke humor to maintain a healthy attitude, and never forget that there will always be plenty of fools around who are willing-indeed, eager-to be busy, to make themselves useful, and to exercise power while you bask in the simple joy of existence. At a time when we're overwhelmed with wake-up calls, here is a refreshing, playful reminder to savor life's simple pleasures.

Little Eddie

by Carolyn Haywood

Follow Eddie as he goes through a lot of fun and neat adventures in this the first of the Eddie Wilson series of books. Eddie learns to be a dog catcher, runs for mayor, takes the bus into the city to get his mom some cold cream, tries to find homes for his cats, ends up finding some very valuable junk and much much more.

Who Killed the Robins Family?

by Bill Adler Thomas Chastain

Mystery novel that invites the reader to solve the crime!

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