Works by Capital Region writers target any taste
It's that crazy time in the spring when we could have an entire day of chilly rain or one of those glorious warm, sunny days. Both days are perfect for curling up with a good book, and the following are some possible choices from our area's many local authors.
"Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team," by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook Press)
Saratoga Springs resident Steve Sheinkein is one of our country's top non-fiction writers for young adults, and he has delivered once again with his account of superstar athlete Jim Thorpe. The story is a well-researched page-turner that follows Thorpe from his childhood on an Indian reservation to his days at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. His football coach at that school was Pop Warner, the legendary genius whose teams took on the best football programs in the country and defeated most of them. Read this book and you'll learn much about the prejudice that Thorpe and his fellow Native Americans faced on a daily basis.
"Tree Trolls and Their Secret Gifts," by Barry Cavanaugh (Log Cabin Books)
Cavanaugh was a standout basketball player at the University at Albany in the 1970s, and he has recently written a picture book illustrated by Fred Wiginton. The story follows the discovery of 12 trolls that have a message of love and happiness for children everywhere. The 56-page book is colorful and easy to read. Children will delight in the magic, and parents will enjoy the hopeful message presented by the trolls.
"The Story of Goo," by Rosalind Menter (Create Space Independent Publishing)
Menter, who grew up in Rochester and today lives in the Capital Region, has written an adorable picture book about a puppy named Goo that has been adopted by a family with a little girl. One significant problem for Goo is his small size and lack of body weight. The family works together to help Goo. This is a cheerful book about the importance of taking care of each other. Children will enjoy reading this book with their parents.
"Weaving Man: Book One of the Prophecy Series," by Tove Foss Ford (Eirdon Books)
Ford, who lives in Troy, has written the first book in a science fiction series set on the planet Eirdon. If you're a fan of "Game of Thrones," you'll enjoy this book with all its characters and multiple points of view that will take you far away from the ordinary routine of Earth. It's a quick read, despite its length; if readers stay with the early chapters, they will be rewarded with an exciting character-driven science fiction story that will make you long for the next book in the series.
"The Politics of Murder," by Nick Pignatelli (Create Space Independent Publishing)
If you like your politics mixed with some crime and a possible assassination, then you'll enjoy Nick Pignatelli's latest thriller. This book follows Rick Patterson, once a promising young cop, who threw it all away after his partner died from a bullet meant for him. Patterson gave up everything, including Megan Fitzpatrick, a woman who loved him dearly. Now it's five years later, and Megan has been kidnapped. He learns her disappearance is connected to a plot to kill New York Gov. Helen Clifton on the day she plans to announce her presidential candidacy. An exciting book to read, with many references to locations in our area.
"A Journey of the Heart: Learning to Thrive, Not Just Survive, with Congenital Heart Disease," by Deborah L. Flaherty-Kizer (Book Locker)
This memoir tells the heroic struggle that the author has faced her entire life, from her earliest moments when her mother was told she would not survive until her time as an adult when she was diagnosed with a rare congenital heart disease. The author, whose address was found in Altamont, has not only survived, she has thrived to live a meaningful and healthy life. This is an inspiring and easy-to-read book that will make you reflect upon your own life.