Looking for a little Spring Break inspiration? There’s lots to do outside, and books with suggested hiking trips to get you there! Or curl up inside with a good adventure story or a biography of survival.
Any library books you borrow in the month of March will be all yours over Spring Break, and there is no limit on what you can check out!
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Did you read and love Little Women by Louisa May Alcott?
Or maybe saw the movie and now you’re curious about what happened next?
The story doesn’t end there! Check out these books and linger longer in the world created by Louisa May Alcott.
March by Geraldine Brooks is a Pulitzer Prize winner and a story inspired by the father character in “Little Women” and drawn from challenged by his experiences.
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Did you know that Little Women is part of a series?
- Little Women
- Good Wives
- Little Men
- Aunt Jo’s Scrap-Bag
- Jo’s Boys
Want to read them now? Check out an eBook! Or have a listen to the Little Women audiobook. You will find eBooks & audiobooks HERE
Learn more about the author in the biography — Invincible Louisa : the story of the author of Little Women.
Or check out the graphic novel called Louis May Alcott, that presents graphic adaptations of seven stories, poems, and fairy tales by Louis May Alcott.
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Are you working on a research project and looking for information on one of Canada’s Prime Ministers? Perhaps it’s the Socials 10 Fathers of Confederation assignment?
Have no fear — check out the MEI Secondary Library Pinterest Board: Social Studies — we have Quick Fact Sheets with biographical information from Sir John A. Macdonald to Stephen Joseph Harper.
Are you someone who reflects on your past year and set goals for the upcoming year?
Why don’t you stop by MEI Secondary Library and grab a Biography to see what others have experienced and accomplished in their lives?
|Konrad, Anne. Red quarter moon : a search for family in the shadow of Stalin.
Anne Konrad’s Red Quarter Moon is the gripping account of her search for family members lost and disappeared within the Soviet Union. Konrad’s ancestors, Mennonites, had settled the Ukrainian steppes in the late 1790s. An ethno-religious minority, they became special objects of Soviet persecution. Though her parents fled in 1929, many relatives remained in the USSR. Konrad’s search for these missing extended family members took place over twenty years and five continents – on muddy roads, lonesome steppes, and in old letters, documents, or secret police archives. Her story emerges as both haunting and inspiring, filled with dramatically different accounts from survivors now scattered across the world. She aligns the voices of her subjects chronologically against the backdrop of Soviet policy, intertwining the historical context of the Terror Years with her own personal quest. Red Quarter Moon is an enthralling journey into the past that offers a unique look at the lives of ordinary families and individuals in the USSR.
|Nazanin. The tale of two Nazanins : a teenager on death row in Iran and the Canadian who vowed to save her.
The Tale of Two Nazanins weaves together the lives of two women — one a Canadian at the height of her career, the other a teenager on death row in Iran — and a fight for justice that, if only for a moment, brought the Iranian regime to its knees. An inspiring story of the bonds of sisterhood, this extraordinary book speaks to the power of every individual to foster positive change in the world.
|Pemberton, Stephen J. A chance in the world : an orphan boy, a mysterious past, and how he found a place called home.
Taken from his mother at age three, Steve Klakowicz lives a terrifying existence. Caught in the clutches of a cruel foster family and subjected to constant abuse, Steve finds his only refuge in a box of books given to him by a kind stranger. In these books, he discovers new worlds he can only imagine and begins to hope that one day he might have a different life — that one day he will find his true home. A Chance in the World is an unbelievable true story of a wounded and broken boy destined to become a man of resilience, determination, and vision. Through it all, Steve’s story teaches us that no matter how broken our past, no matter how great our misfortunes, we have it in us to create a new beginning and to build a place where love awaits.
|Dobson, Edward G. Seeing through the fog : hope when your world falls apart.
More than ten years ago, doctors diagnosed Pastor Ed Dobson with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and gave him two to five years to live. Ed’s journey since then has been one of thanking God for each new day — and remembering that life isn’t over yet. In Seeing Through the Fog, Ed offers wisdom for anyone going through painful circumstances. he knows firsthand the journey of questions, discouragement, and loss. But more than anything, this book is about what happens when suffering allows us to see, perhaps for the first time, the beauty of our lives. This is a book of hope.
|Tebow, Tim. Through my eyes.
Headache — Given a chance — The early years — Preparing a foundation — A fair farewell — Overcoming, Philippines, football, faith, and Otis — Where to go, where to go? — Running down a dream — Getting my feet wet in the Swamp — Ending up in the desert — Starting over — Communication problems — The Heisman — Doing the right thing — An inauspicious start — The promise — A promise fulfilled — Matching their intensity — Finishing strong — The draft, Denver, and eternal direction. One of the best quarterbacks in the history of college football traces his path to success, discussing his childhood as the son of Christian missionaries and how his faith combined with his drive to succeed have made him the person he is today.
|McConnon, Aili. The road to valour : a true story of a Tuscan cyclist and secret World War II hero.
Road to Valour is the inspiring, against-the-odds story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who made the greatest comeback in Tour de France history and secretly aided the Italian resistance during World War II.
|Henderson, Paul. The goal of my life : a memoir.
An autobiography of Canadian hockey player Paul Henderson, discussing his childhood in Ontario, and his professional career with the NHL.
|Ten Boom, Corrie. The hiding place.
The one hundredth birthday party — Full table — Karel — The watch shop — Invasion — The secret room — Eusie — Storm clouds gather — The raid — Scheveningen — The lieutenant — Vught — Ravensbruck — The blue sweater — The three visions. A thirty-fifth anniversary edition of the biography of Corrie Ten Boom, a leader of the Dutch underground who hid scores of Jews from the Nazi’s during World War II.
|Zar, Rose. In the mouth of the wolf.
The author describes her experiences in wartime Poland and how she survived the Holocaust by passing herself off as an Aryan.
Charles Dickens would be 200 years old this year…and even though he died 142 years ago, we’re still talking about him! Yesterday, the National Post wrote an article called “Ten things you might not know about Charles Dickens“:
1. He had a thing for nicknames
Dickens not only named many of his ten children after his favourite authors but he also appointed nicknames to each other them including “Chickenstalker,” “Skittles,” “Lucifer Box” and “Plorn.” His own nickname? “Boz.”
2. He was obsessive-compulsive
Looking in the mirror and combing his hair was an obsession of Dickens. He would do this hundreds of times each day as well as rearranging furniture in his home because if it wasn’t in the “correct” position, he wouldn’t be able to concentrate. He also made sure that his bed was always aligned north-south, he believed that this would improve his writing. He’d touch certain objects three times for luck and was so fixated on cleanliness that he would frequently clean other people’s homes too.
3. Study secret
Inside Dickens’ study was a secret door designed like a bookcase. The shelves were filled with fake books that had witty titles such as Noah’s Arkitecture, a nine-volume set called Cat’s Lives and a multi-volume series called The Wisdom of Our Ancestors that dealt with subjects like ignorance, superstition, disease and instruments of torture. There was a companion book that went with The Wisdom of Our Ancestors called The Virtues of Our Ancestors that was super narrow.
4. He practiced hypnotism
Dickens was always interested in mesmerism and often practiced on his wife (a hypochondriac), his children and friends — to great results.
5. He was epileptic
At a young age, Dickens suffered from epilepsy and applied that to some of his characters, describing three, specifically, as having seizures. For a time where little was known about this disorder, doctors were impressed by how accurate and descriptive he could be. The characters that had seizures were Edward Leeford (Oliver Twist), a headmaster (Our Mutual Friend) and a maid (Bleak House).
6. Spontaneous Human Combustion
Dickens believed that humans could die from spontaneous combustion and even wrote in his novel Bleak House that one of the characters, Krook, died from it.
7. A Christmas Carol
Most of the characters in A Christmas Carol were based on people he actually knew, like Ebenezer Scrooge (a counselor in Edinburgh). This was also Dickens’ first unserialized piece of work.
8. Train crash
In June 1865, Dickens and his mistress Nelly Ternan were in the Staplehurst rail crash. They were in one of the eight cars that didn’t crash into the river below and he helped out some of the other passengers to safety before running back to save the manuscript for his novel Our Mutual Friend.
9. Canadian connection
Dickens’ son, Francis Jeffrey Dickens, was a member of the North-West Mounted Police from 1874 – 1886.
10. There’s a Charles Dickens amusement park
Dickens World in Kent, England is a Dickens themed attraction that promises to “take you back to an authentically themed Dickensian England.”
Sounds like an interesting fellow hey?
Makes you want to come on down to the library and check out something he wrote doesn’t it?!