Thursday, January 30, 2014

STUDENT REVIEW - The Wizard of Menlo Park by Randall E. Stross

The Wizard of Menlo Park
By Randall E. Stross
Published by Crown Publishing Group, 2008
384 pages (hardcover)

Thomas Edison’s greatest invention?
His own fame.
Starting with the first public demonstrations of the phonograph in 1878 and extending through the development of incandescent light and the first motion-picture cameras, Thomas Edison’s name became emblematic of all the wonder and promise of the emerging age of technological marvels. But this critical biography of the man who is arguably the most famous of all Americans provides a fuller view of Edison’s life and times–revealing not only how he worked, but how he managed his own fame, becoming the first great celebrity of the modern age. (from

Well this isn’t a book I’d typically read, but the book is teaching me about Thomas Edison. The author put a whole bunch of pictures in the middle of the book. Maybe they should put the pictures all over the place. Yes, I would recommend this book to a middle schooler if they want to learn about Thomas Edison.
--Gabriella H.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: The Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want to Live In

Top 10 Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s topic is the Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want to Live In.

I think my life in Urbana is just peachy when compared with these worlds and times...

The Terrifying Past
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
Crispin and the Cross of Lead by Avi

The Horrible Present
The Ashes Trilogy by Ilsa Bick
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendra Blake
The Secrets of Nicholas Flammel by Michael Scott

The Dystopian Future
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky
Matched by Ally Condie
Immortal Rules Trilogy