For some people, nothing will replace a book in their hand – not a Kindle, not a Nook, not an Ipad, or the smartest phone ever invented! Reading a book is a great escape and takes us to places we may never get to in any other way.
We may read for entertainment, to pass the time, to visit other worlds, to expand our sense of what is possible. We hunt for treasure, rarely satisfied, but seeking new things to which we can aspire, clues and answers to what our lives are meant to be. At best, perhaps, we read to challenge ourselves and to be changed.
Chase takes his readers on a journey across the world of crime, visiting Amazonia in the middle of the Colombian civil war, and trekking through other countries as well, to show how individuals smuggle drugs into the United States. His book exposes the lies he says are perpetrated by governments in the war on drugs. He also explores the death of cocaine kingpin and leader of the Medellin cartel Pablo Escobar who the U.S. government claimed they had killed in 1993. When interviewed by agents from both the Department of Justice and the CIA over this issue in 1997, they were allowed to ask Chase just one ‘yes or no’ question according to the agreement given by his attorneys. The question was simple, to the point and Chase quoted it word for word: “Is Pablo Escobar still alive?” Read more about the Air Pirates book and the author Brian Chase, along with excerpts of the book.
There are 508 Stars in the Sky Book is a fun and delightful story of two little girls who set out on a backyard adventure to answer one of natures great wonders: How many stars are in the sky? Jane and her cousin Madison are two young girls who embark on a backyard adventure as they try to answer the night sky’s greatest challenge — numbering the stars in the sky. Karen Fulton’s artwork fully complements Marky Allen’s gentle and entertaining picture-book story. There Are 508 Stars In The Sky is enthusiastically recommended reading for any child who has ever gazed with wonder at the stars in the heavens and wondered the same thing as Jane and Madison! Read more about the There are 508 Stars in the Sky book and about the author Marky Allen.
So why read with the Internet, Twitter, Facebook, smart phones, and the television droning in the background all day and half the night?