Wednesday, February 27, 2013
These three thrillers share an illicit bond: They all revolve around smuggling rings. In these nail-biting plots, shady characters—and sometimes the protagonists—try to cross borders with dangerous cargo. They hide drugs, people, even poisonous snakes. These novels are impossible to put down, as they balance high stakes and fatal consequences.
In Straight Cut by Madison Smartt Bell, Tracy Bateman, a freelance film editor, has run into a string of bad luck. His... marriage crumbled, his dog just died, and he’s out of work. When an old friend offers him a job in Italy, he jumps at the chance, ignoring his fears about the legitimacy of the project and the trustworthiness of his friend. Tracy soon finds himself involved in a scheme involving suitcases full of heroin; gun-wielding drug runners; and infinite deadly plots involving himself and his ex-wife.
The gritty, realistic Do They Know I’m Running? by David Corbett tests ideas of borders, love, family, and loyalty. Eighteen-year-old Roque Montalvo is wise beyond his years. Living with his hard-working aunt and uncle, and taking care of his ex-marine brother who suffers from PTSD from his tour in Iraq, Roque does what he can to make ends meet. When his uncle is deported back to El Salvador, Roque teams up with cartels in a dangerous scheme to smuggle his uncle back to the United States, along with a Palestinian refugee and a young beauty destined for a fierce Mexican crime boss.
Combining elements of suspense, crime, and the occult, The Second Woman by Mark T. Sullivan pits a San Diego cop against a snake-charming cultist. A guest at a luxurious San Diego resort dies in a mysterious, excruciating way, convulsing and bleeding from the mouth. At first glance, it looks like he had the deadly Ebola virus, but the medical examiner soon discovers that snakebites killed him. To track down the snake-wielding murderer, police detective Seamus Moynihan is drawn into an ancient, sinister cult involved with animal smuggling and sexual violence.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
As LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day approaches, Open Road invites you to join us March 6, 2013, and “Read It Forward” on behalf of the 793 million people who cannot yet read. World Read Aloud Day is a community celebration of reading and storytelling that supports global literacy.
Reading aloud is important to a child’s literacy development and allows you to share your love of reading, while helping your child become a reader. Here are some ebooks you can share with your little ones... and tips on reading aloud:
Be animated and use a big voice during a read aloud to bring the experience alive for listeners Use different voices for different characters If your book has a lot of text, try a story walk instead of reading every word of the text. Summarize what is happening on each page, pointing to the illustrations to help explain the action
Here are some suggestions for how you can get involved with your students, children, grandchildren, or friends.
Host a read-aloud-athon event in your community or home Invite children to dress up as their favorite book character Celebrate at home by video-chatting a relative or friend and reading aloud to each other Teachers and Librarians:
Have a classroom discussion about global literacy and rally your students to support the cause Create a classroom chart to log the minutes your students spend reading aloud Reward your students with World Read Aloud Day certificates, stickers, and badges Everyone:
Spread the word about World Read Aloud Day to friends and family Host a book club and read your favorite sections of the book aloud Organize a book swap for classmates and friends Use the World Read Aloud activity packet and event kit for more ideas on how you can participate.
World Read Aloud Day Activity and Event Kit by OpenRoadMedia
Tell us how you’ll be celebrating! Share your World Read Aloud Day photos and videos with LitWorld on Facebook or Twitter using #ReadAloud.