Thursday, April 20, 2023

Library Loot and Thursday Thoughts

Nala's World: One Man, His Rescue Cat, and a Bike Ride around the Globe ~ by Dean Nicholson with Garry Jenkins, 2020, travel (Scotland), 261 pages

The author shares the full story of his life-changing relationship with his rescue cat, Nala, and their inspiring bicycle journeys through the refugee camps, remarkable terrains, and animal shelters of the world.  To quote Bookfoolery:  "Author Dean Nicholson, a Scot, was not far into his trip biking around the world when he came across a scrawny kitten in an area so far from civilization that he knew she couldn't possibly have a home nearby and adopted her."  The book sounds good, especially since Nancy the Bookfool liked it, so I got it.

How Do You Spell Unfair?  MacNolia Cox and the National Spelling Bee ~ by Carole Boston Weatherford, 2023, children's historical fiction (Ohio and DC), 40 pages

MacNolia Cox was no ordinary kid.  Her idea of fun was reading the dictionary.

In 1936, eighth grader MacNolia Cox became the first African American to win the Akron, Ohio, spelling bee.  And with that win, she was asked to compete at the prestigious National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC, where she and a girl from New Jersey were the first African Americans invited since its founding.  She left her home state a celebrity — right up there with Ohio’s own Joe Louis and Jesse Owens — with a military band and a crowd of thousands to see her off at the station.  But celebration turned to chill when the train crossed the state line into Maryland, where segregation was the law of the land.  Prejudice and discrimination ruled — on the train, in the hotel, and, sadly, at the spelling bee itself.

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