Classes start up again soon in our neck of the woods, and with that in mind, the incomparable Tabatha (research assistant extraordinaire) has compiled a new addition to the fiction feature. See if you can guess this week’s theme–
Since some of us (students and teachers alike) are looking back at the classroom with as though this is what we are dreading, let’s start with Back to School Murder by Leslie Meier. It’s back to school time in the peaceful Maine town of Tinker’s Cove, and for mother-of-four Lucy Stone it isn’t a moment too soon. But trouble at the local elementary school soon has the sometime crime-solver juggling family, job, and night classes with another mystery to solve. And it starts with a bang.
A bomb goes off with the noon lunch bell, but not before all the kids are safely evacuated, and Carol Crane, the new assistant principal, is hailed as a hero. But days later, Carol is found murdered and everyone is stunned when the most popular teacher at the school is arrested for the crime. However, not everyone is buying the open-and-shut case, including Lucy Stone, who senses there’s more to things than meet the eye.
It soon becomes clear that Lucy is flirting with danger, as sizzling secrets and explosive surprises provide a primer for the most diabolical of motives. Hot on the trail of a clever killer, the dedicated mom and seasoned sleuth must harness the courage and cool aplomb to uncover a crime that just might give her an education in the fine art of murder.
For the graduate Students facing a new classroom full of students who could nearly be their classmates, good luck, and remember, even superheroes are a little intimidated by a new class. New Mutants Volume 1: Back to School by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Keron Grant. Moonstar, Karma, Magma, and Wolfsbane – the former X-Men-in-training who helped define a generation – are back. But what happens when these “New Mutants” find out Professor Xavier’s up-and-coming students think of them as the “Old Mutants?” Former students become the teachers as the old guard is asked back to help prepare the next generation of New X-Men. Collects New Mutants #1-6.
And for the lazy students who just don’t want to get out of bed, this book claims to have what it takes to keep you up to date. Filled with everything you missed daydreaming, or ‘just resting your eyes’ in class. (But I wouldn’t count on it to get you through finals week.) Back to School for Grown-Ups: Everything You Should Have Learned in Class by Stephen Calladine-Evans M. a., Ian Whitelaw. Here’s a mind-broadening reader’s companion for men and women who recall their school days as time spent gazing out the window, and who now realize that they missed out on many interesting ideas. The best and most significant of those lost and half-forgotten ideas are served up in this book, fashioned into lively prose, and supplemented with self-testing Q&A sections to help readers grade their knowledge of facts and understanding of ideas. For clarity and ease of use, ” Back to School for Grown-Ups ” is divided into five sections representing five school days. Each day consists of lessons in four subjects, as follows:
Section One, Monday: Geography, History, Mathematics, Religion Section Two, Tuesday: Science, Art, Mathematics, Literature Section Three, Wednesday: Civics, Geography, Science, Phys Ed Section Four, Thursday: Literature, History, Art, Civics Section Five, Friday: Religion, Science, Geography, History
Readers will be absorbed by discussions that range from the Magna Carta to the causes of World War I . . . from the Big Bang to the concept of prime numbers . . . from the origins of Hinduism to the story of Nelson Mandela . . . from the geologic formation of the Grand Canyon to the definition of Pop art . . . and much, much more. Author Stephen Calladine-Evans’ style of presentation is informal and reader-friendly, and topics are supplemented with illustrations and brief summaries of key facts. ” Back to School for Grown-Ups ” demonstrates that learning is a deeply satisfying experience that should not end with graduation. Includes approximately 400 illustrations.
And they said a Liberal Arts education was worthless. The Charm School by Nelson DeMille presents some very useful life skills in its small private school. Something very strange—and sinister—is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova’s Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POWs how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal—to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.
A chilling story of cold war espionage, The Charm School is relentlessly suspenseful right up to its white-knuckle ending.
For the readers who don’t like my back-to-school humor, maybe you can find something in here you like better. I certainly hope so, with 101 jokes to pick from, one of them has to make you laugh! 101 Back To School Jokes (rev) by Lisa Eisenberg and Kate McMullen. A fun-filled collection designed especially for the back-to-school crowd includes hilarious puns, silly jokes, wacky one-liners, bone-tickling knock-knocks, and more.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s list, and as school starts up again join us in dreaming of the day when School’s Out—Forever. (Just because I gave an alternative source of puns doesn’t mean I’m going to stop making my own).
In James Patterson’s eagerly awaited follow-up, brave bird-kid Max and her flock are discovered by an FBI agent and forced to go to “school.” There is no such thing as an ordinary day as Max deciphers how and when she’s supposed to save the world, and she faces her greatest enemy–a clone of herself.