‘The Million Dollar Put’
By Dan Gutman (juvenile fiction)
Ed Bogard can learn just about anything he sets his mind to learn. He parasails and plays the guitar. He even rides a bike. Normally none of this would be out of the ordinary for a middle-school student. What makes Ed different is that he’s blind.
One day Hunter, a semi-bully, challenges Ed to a driving contest at one of the local golf courses. Ed has never been to the course; this is the one sport his dad refuses to encourage. Much to everyone’s surprise, Ed drives his ball the furthest. Ed seems to be a natural golfer.
With the help of Birdie, Ed’s nextdoor neighbor and new golf coach, Ed sneaks off to practice his swing and learns to putt. While practicing at the local course, one of the pros tells them about an upcoming competition just for kids with the winner earning $1 million. Ed doesn’t want to participate but changes his mind when he gets a personal invitation.
With Birdie’s help and encouragement, Ed makes it to the competition only to have Birdie suffer from heat stroke and rushed to the hospital. The competition ends in a tie between Ed and Hunter. With Birdie out, who will be Ed’s coach and eyes? Can Ed beat Hunter?
A wonderfully written sports book with characters you will cheer on to the very end.
By MJ Auch (juvenile fiction)
Norman is any ordinary 11-year old going to school and working in the family store following World War II until one day, while helping his father behind the meat counter, Norm gets his hand caught in the grinder.
Norm is rushed to the hospital where the grinder is surgically removed. It takes him a couple of days to realize that, yes, he has lost his left hand. At first this is hard to accept. After all, Norm has dreams of playing big-league baseball. How will he do that now?
Norm’s mom refuses to let him slack off. He still has to take out the garbage and restock shelves. She even talks to his teachers the week before school starts to make sure they don’t let him off easy. This frustrates Norm but he soon learns that just because he has lost an arm, it doesn’t mean he can’t live a normal life.
Although fictionalized, this story is loosely based on the author’s husband’s life. MJ Auch’s husband, Herm, did lose a hand while working in his father’s meat market as a child and his mother refused to let him believe he was handicapped.
‘One the Wings of Heroes’
By Richard Peck (juvenile fiction)
Davy Bowman idolizes his dad and his older brother. His dad loves Halloween more than any kid in the neighborhood and Bill, his brother, flies B-17s.
All is well until World War II pulls the United States into war. Bill goes off to war, there are air-raid drills at school, food and gasoline is rations and Davy and his friend, Scooter, start collecting various things to help with the war effort.
Richard Peck does his usual wonderful writing, combining humor with the seriousness of the war to give a look at how this war affects Davy and his friends.
Susan Wray is the director of Joplin Public Library.
‘The Million Dollar Put’
- Globe Life
Carthage Humane Society featured in YouTube series with Josh Duhamel
One thousand dogs at one time cared for by the Carthage Humane Society now have "forever homes" after their adoption through shelters in and around Minneapolis.
Ryan Richardson: Pet urine becomes indoor problem during winter
My dog and I are sick of winter, and she has begun a rebellion because of it. She has fought me when we go outside because of the cold and snow.
Frankie Meyer: Best starting point for family research is your life, not web
New to family history research? Don't pay a fee to use genealogy websites. Although they may be helpful later in your research, they are not helpful when you begin.
To start your family history, you must start with yourself.
Danya Walker: Ripley biography reveals cartooning history
Robert Ripley is best known for "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" cartoon sketches, books and museums, but I was interested in learning more about the man behind the drawings.
Lisa Brown: 'Blackfish' reveals darker side of marine attractions
It is a film that breaks hearts and angers people. It also changes the way people think -- something a good documentary should be able to do.
Frankie Meyer: Day trips give fresh perspective on old history
Family genealogies are most appreciated by loved ones who are interested in local and national history, too. When a person can imagine ancestors living during specific eras of history, the people come alive.
Ryan Richardson: Pets can pose problems for computers
When I started college back in the 1999, I was a computer science major. I had a promising job at a local cable service, working tech support and system-side support for our servers. I've always been the go-to guy when a computer breaks down with my friends and family.
Moving musical: Students involved with high school's last play proud to present it at MSSU
Mollie Sanders fell in love with "The Drowsy Chaperone" when she was in middle school.
The musical's wit and heart quickly snared Sanders' attention.
Jeana Gockley: Characters stand out in Sloan's 'Counting by 7s'
Several years ago, I had the honor of hearing Nancy Pearl speak at a library conference. She is a celebrity in the world of libraries.
Frankie Meyer: Experts imagine what future libraries will look like
What will libraries of the future be like? That is a question facing libraries around the nation.
- More Globe Life Headlines
- Carthage Humane Society featured in YouTube series with Josh Duhamel