Missing Millie Benson

Author: Julie K. Rubini
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 0821445413
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Growing up in Ladora, Iowa, Mildred “Millie” Benson had ample time to develop her imagination and sense of adventure. While still a journalism graduate student at the University of Iowa, Millie began writing for the Stratemeyer Syndicate, which published the phenomenally popular Hardy Boys series, among others. Soon, Millie was tapped for a new series starring amateur sleuth Nancy Drew, a young, independent woman not unlike Millie herself. Under the pen name Carolyn Keene, Millie wrote the first book, The Secret of the Old Clock, and twenty-two other Nancy Drew Mystery Stories. In all, Millie wrote more than a hundred novels for young people. Millie was also a journalist for the Toledo Times and the Toledo Blade. At sixty-two, she obtained her pilot’s license. Follow the clues throughout Missing Millie to discover the story of this ghostwriter, journalist, and adventurer.

The Jerrie Mock Story

Author: Nancy Roe Pimm
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 0821445588
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In this biography for middle-grade readers, Nancy Roe Pimm tells the story of Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world. In her trusty Cessna, The Spirit of Columbus — also known as Charlie — she traveled from Columbus, Ohio, on an eastward route that totaled nearly twenty-three thousand miles and took almost a month. Overcoming wind, ice, mechanical problems, and maybe even sabotage, Mock persevered. Mock caught the aviation bug at seven years old, when she rode in a Ford Trimotor plane with her parents. In high school, she displayed a talent for math and science, and she was the only woman in her aeronautical engineering classes at Ohio State University. Although she then settled into domestic life, she never lost her interest in flying. What began as a joking suggestion from her husband to fly around the world prompted her to pursue her childhood dream. But the dream became a race, as another woman, Joan Merriam Smith, also sought to be the first to circle the globe. Even though Mock beat Smith and accomplished what her heroine Amelia Earhart had died trying to do, her feat was overshadowed by the Vietnam War and other world events. Now, Pimm introduces Mock to a new generation of adventurers.

Virginia Hamilton

Author: Julie K. Rubini
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 0821446010
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Long before she wrote The House of Dies Drear, M. C. Higgins, the Great, and many other children’s classics, Virginia Hamilton grew up among her extended family near Yellow Springs, Ohio, where her grandfather had been brought as a baby through the Underground Railroad. The family stories she heard as a child fueled her imagination, and the freedom to roam the farms and woods nearby trained her to be a great observer. In all, Hamilton wrote forty-one books, each driven by a focus on “the known, the remembered, and the imagined”—particularly within the lives of African Americans. Over her thirty-five-year career, Hamilton received every major award for children’s literature. This new biography gives us the whole story of Virginia’s creative genius, her passion for nurturing young readers, and her clever way of crafting stories they’d love.

Eye to Eye

Author: Julie K. Rubini
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780821423752
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From knocking down barriers in NFL locker rooms to covering every Olympics since 1984, Christine Brennan has done it all, while knocking barriers of her own as a female sports journalist. Eye to Eye invites young readers to learn more and nurture their own dreams of investigating and telling important stories.

Golden Boy

Author: Aravind Adiga
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 3406698042
Format: PDF
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Aravind Adigas dritter Roman erzählt von zwei jungen Brüdern auf der Suche nach sich selbst, vom Sport als Aufstiegschance und gnadenlosem Wettbewerb, von jungen Talenten und alten Talentsuchern, von Liebe und Ausbeutung, von Leidenschaft und Gewalt. Manjunath Kumar ist vierzehn. Er weiß, dass er ein guter Kricketspieler ist, vielleicht sogar so gut wie sein älterer Bruder Radha. Er weiß, warum er seinen dominanten und sportbesessenen Vater fürchtet, seinen brillanten Bruder bewundert und von der Welt amerikanischer Serien sowie interessanter wissenschaftlicher Fakten fasziniert ist. Aber es gibt vieles, das er noch nicht weiß – über sich selbst und die Welt um ihn herum. Als er Radhas großen Rivalen kennenlernt, einen privilegierten Jungen voller Selbstvertrauen, beginnt sich für Manju alles auf den Kopf zu stellen und er muss Entscheidungen treffen, die seine Welt verändern. Suggestiv und sensibel, bissig und schwungvoll – ein neuer, eindrucksvoller Roman des indischen Bestsellerautors und Booker-Prize-Gewinners

Der Friseur von Harare

Author: Tendai Huchu
Publisher: Unionsverlag
ISBN: 3293309232
Format: PDF
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Für Vimbai läuft es gut in ihrem Salon. Es ist nicht irgendein, sondern der Salon von Harare und Vimbai ist die Talentierteste in ihrem Team. Die großen Damen der Stadt wollen allein von ihr frisiert werden. Doch dann kommt eines Tages Dumisani, ein neuer Kollege, in den Salon und alles wird anders. An den außergewöhnlich begabten und charmanten Kollegen verliert Vimbai schon bald ihre besten Kundinnen. Vollends aus dem Gleichgewicht gerät ihr Leben aber, als Dumi plötzlich ohne Bleibe ist und in dieser Notlage bei ihr einzieht. Tendai Huchu hat aus einer einfachen, aber emotional komplexen Situation einen fesselnden Roman gesponnen, der ein großes afrikanisches Tabuthema aufgreift: die Homosexualität. Ein authentische Bild einer geschundenen Stadt.