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Local author Kevin Mellor, of Rushville, IL will introduce his latest book Bully Rules at New Copperfield's Book Service, 120 North Side Square, Macomb, Saturday, January 24. He will be meeting his readers and discussing his new book from 10: 00 A.M. to 12:00 and 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.At 6'3", 250 lbs., 14 year-old Owen Nichols, the main character in Bully Rules, is big enough to make adult hackles rise before he ever opens his mouth. Locked in a war-of-wills with his parents, he serves his summer vacation like a prison sentence with nothing to look forward to but the start of high school and the horrors he knows await him there.When his parents start the July 4th holiday by punishing him with a list of chores that need to be done in the blistering heat, Owen turns his gaze inward to fend off the monotony and discomfort. What he finds is a catalog of attempts by every adult and kid he knows to tear him down, to stomp the best of him out and leave it in the dirt. His younger brother Dean pops in and out to gloat; his father adds chores as the day goes on and criticizes his work, beer in hand.
Forced into being a third-wheel to Dean and a friend at the local fireworks celebration that night, Owen is no less isolated among kids his own age than he was at home. He is the piece that doesn't fit the puzzle, no matter how hard it's pressed. When an encounter with a bully pushes him past his breaking point, he must decide once and for all who he is and who he wants to be -- at home, at school, and beyond.
Bully Rules is intended for readers high school age and up.
The event is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited.
Exploring Nature in Illinois
A Field Guide to the Prairie State
A lavishly illustrated guide to fifty of Illinois's most beautiful wildlife havens
Loaded with full color photographs and evocative descriptions, Exploring Nature in Illinois provides a panorama of the state's overlooked natural diversity. Naturalists Michael Jeffords and Susan Post explore fifty preserves, forests, restoration areas, and parks, bringing an expert view to wildlife and landscapes and looking beyond the obvious to uncover the unexpected beauty of Illinois's prairies, lakesides, river bottoms, and woodlands.
From the colorful variety of birds at War Bluff Valley Audubon Sanctuary to the exposed bedrock and cliff faces of Apple River Canyon, Exploring Nature in Illinois will inspire readers to explore wonders hidden from urban sprawl and cultivated farmland. Maps and descriptions help travelers access even hard-to-find sites while a wealth of detail and photography offers nature-lovers insights into the flora, fauna, and other aspects of vibrant settings and ecosystems. The authors also include diary entries describing their own impressions of and engagement with the sites.
A unique and much-needed reference, Exploring Nature in Illinois will entertain and enlighten hikers, cyclers, students and scouts, morning walkers, weekend drivers, and anyone else seeking to get back to nature in the Prairie State.
When it snows, magic happens. The beauty of winter and the power of reading are enchantingly celebrated in this stunning debut picture book.
"In his first picture book...Richard Collingridge dives headlong into a fantasy of the season, showing it to be a vast and mountainous expanse of white, both eerie and enchanting."--"The New York Times" "A picture book debut that features not only an eery ode to mega-snow and various large icy creatures, but also a good word at the end for reading itself." -- The Associated Press "Newcomer Collingridge's paintings are sumptuous and absorbing, creating a genuine sense of magic. And, as the final scene makes clear, it's a kind of magic that any reader can access: "And I can go there every day... because my favorite book takes me there."--"Publishers Weekly"
This fantastic shaped board book featuring 3-D revolving wheels is guaranteed to appeal to little tots with an enthusiasm for transport and moving objects.
Busy Tractor shows you how the trailer collects the grain, how bales of straw are made and how seeds are planted. Plus, don't forget the fun you can have by rolling the book along on its wheels!
- Includes basic words and information on vehicles
- Real action photos
- Suitable for children aged 0-5 or for adults who are crazy about cars!
WARNING! Not suitable for children under the age of 36 months due to small parts. Choking hazard.
You're Not Lost if You Can Still See the Truck: The Further Adventures of America's Everyman Outdoorsman
By Bill Heavey
Writing for magazines and newspapers for more than thirty years, including over a decade at Field & Stream, Bill Heavey has become famous as America’s everyman outdoorsman, unafraid to draw attention to his many and varied failures—from sporting French lavender deodorant to scaring a UPS man half to death while bowhunting in his front yard.
Heavey’s 2007 collection If You Didn’t Bring Jerky, What Did I Just Eat?, copublished with Field & Stream, the leading American outdoors magazine, was a resounding success that went into multiple hardcover printings. You’re Not Lost if You Can Still See the Truck, again copublished with Field & Stream, collects more of Heavey’s top pieces from the magazine as well as the best of his writing from the Washington Post, Outside, and elsewhere. In this far-ranging read, Heavey’s adventures include nearly freezing to death in Eastern Alaska, hunting ants in the urban jungles of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and reconnecting to cherished memories of his grandfather through an inherited gun collection.
With Heavey’s trademark wit and candor, the collection traces a life lived outdoors through the good, the bad, and the downright hilarious.
The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer television special first aired on NBC December 6, 1964. Fifty years later, it has become a beloved Christmas classic—capturing the heart and wonder of generations of fans.
Here is the complete story from the classic TV show, gloriously illustrated in full color and in an elegant gift book edition. Perfect for reading aloud!
The New Youth Novel Set in Keokuk, Iowa
The Curse of the Buttons by Anne Ylvisaker
“Eleven is not too young for war,” Ike said to Barfoot, who swished his tail agreeably, then lumbered to the yard table and stuck his nose in an unattended pie.
When a steamboat arrives heralding the news that Iowa has been called up to represent the Union of the United States of America, Ike is beside himself with excitement. For months, the promise of war has enveloped small-town Keokuk like a grand game that everyone’s in on — everyone but Ike, his swaybacked pony, and his best friend and checkers partner, Albirdie. Left behind with Mother and the aunts and girl cousins while the Button men march forth toward glory, Ike’s fate is sealed. Unless he can call on the ingenuity of his fabled (some say cursed) ancestor — the adventuresome Uncle Palmer — seek passage to Missouri disguised as a drummer boy, and meet up with the Iowa First. But some opportunities are meant to be missed. And some arrive when you least expect them.
Fans of the hapless Button family will thrill to this Civil War prequel, featuring the inimitable “Granddaddy Ike” as a boy.