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Friday, March 17, 2017

What If?

By Jan Pease
Sometimes books are written in answer to the question “what if?”  Randall Munroe, a former NASA employee and blogger published a book titled, “What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Question.” His blog is called xkcd.com, and includes very funny web comics and answers to silly questions asked by real readers.  An example is, "Would a toaster still work in a freezer?"The book is available here at Litchfield library and several other libraries in Pioneerland Library System. The answer is, yes, but it might make the freezer overheat, since toasters toast at about 600 degrees Fahrenheit.

I’m not sure what got me on that tangent, but I think Liz Braswell is to blame.  She has a degree in Egyptology and spent ten years producing video games.  She sounds like the kind of quirky person I would like to have as a friend.  Her new books are what she calls “Twisted Tales” as they are Disney stories with an unusual twist.  For example, what if Belle’s mother was the one who cursed the beast?  How would that change “Beauty and the Beast?”  What if Aladdin had never found the lamp?  Watch for the titles “A Whole New World,” and “As Old as Time,” both published by Disney Press.

Nicholas Gannon asks “Have you ever wanted to hold a piece of the impossible?”  His new book, “The Doldrums,” itself looks like an impossible thing.  This is a long book (340 pages) with beautiful, full-color illustrations, which are rare in “chapter books.”  Three friends, Archer, Adelaide, and Oliver try to go on an adventure which never quite gets off the ground.  This is a slow moving book that would be a perfect companion for a rainy, cold day this spring.

What do you get when your writing team consists of a former NFL star defensive player with a degree in English and a law degree plus a legendary All Star and World Series baseball player?  It means your writing team is Tim Green and Derek Jeter. They have collaborated on a new book, “Baseball Genius,” that looks like the start of a new series featuring a character that has the ability to tell what pitch a pitcher will throw.  The second book in the series is “Baseball Genius #2: Double Play.”  I’m sure that Tim Green’s writing ability added to Derek Jeter’s character and baseball knowledge will be a winning combination. 

Look for beautiful new copies of Lois Lowry’s book, “Number the Stars,” and E.L. Konisburg’s book, “From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.”  Copies of these books had been loved to death, so we purchased replacements.  We also replaced the first four Nancy Drew mysteries, and the first four Hardy Boys Mysteries.  To read more books in those series, please request them through the Pioneerland Library catalog.