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Jim Hightower books

Political commentary by Jim Hightower

Review by: John K Johnson

Thieves in High Places

ISBN-10: 0452285658

If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote, They Would Have Given Us Candidates

ISBN-10: 0060932090

Jim Hightower is the former Agriculture Commissioner of Texas and displays great disdain for most politicians and for the entire system in which they currently operate.

Local Artist, Anne Watts, Releases New CD!

Anne Watts and BoisterAnne Watts and Boister

Review by: Cyndi Paxton Johnson

Some Moths Drink the Tears of Elephants , the new release by Boister and local musician Anne Watts, has burst forth on the music world! Raw and almost overwhelmingly intense, this music must be experienced - mere words seem too diminishing.

Join the Mid-Shore celebration of Boister's new release on December 5, from 5-7pm, at the new Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge. $10 cover charge for adults.

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A Toasty Alternative to High Heating Prices!

Hearthstone PhoenixHearthstone Phoenix

by Cyndi Paxton Johnson

Are you dreading the approaching winter? Trying to find the balance between freezing and paying $10,000 for heating oil? Is Florida starting to look better and better? Fear not - help is at hand!

Our primary source of heat is our beloved woodstove. We have friends that heat with corn or pellet stoves - but wood just seems more - real to me. Our wood stove keeps us warm and saves us money - while providing a beautiful focal point in our country living room. I love our stove!

Please note, however, not all wood stoves are created equal! We began with a large, cast iron stove that had been with the house for years. There was nothing wrong with it - but it was hard to light, hard to maintain the fire, and seemed to burn through an inordinate amount of wood...

The Mysterious Benedict Society

Review by: Cyndi Paxton Johnson

The Mysterious Benedict Society

by Trenton Lee Stewart

ISBN 13:978-0-316-05777-6

Reminds me of:
Harry Potter series Charlie Bone series Spiderwick series

“Are you a gifted child, looking for special opportunities?” When this ad appears in the newspaper, dozens of children enroll to take a series of mysterious, mind-bending tests. But only four very special children will succeed and begin a very secret mission at the Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

This book grabbed my attention immediately, and soon ensnared my 10 year old daughter, as well. The characters are delightful, the suspense builds without graphic violence, and the plot continued to surprise me throughout the book. The four main characters, two boys and two girls, are smart and gifted in very different ways, and therefore respond differently to the various situations. I enjoyed the demonstration that there are many ways to be smart.

A delightful read, I highly recommend this book!

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Siegfried Engelmann, Phyllis Haddox, Elaine Bruner
Simon & Schuster, New York, 1986

Reviewed by: Angela Bourassa

What it is:

The Gamemaker's Apprentice

The Gamemaker's Apprentice: Game Development for Beginners

Jacob Habgood and Mark Overmars

ISBN 1-59059-615-3

Reviewed by: John K Johnson

This book will not teach you how to write your on version of Doom, Quake or any of the other incredibly rich, detailed 3D games that are the market, but it is a great first step on the path that will get you there.

The software that comes with this book (also available as a free download at http://www.yoyogames.com/make ) takes most, if not all, of the technical hurdles away and lets you create simple to complex 2D games of your very own, without having to write code (unless you want to).

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