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What’s The Nine-Year-Old reading this week?

The Dandelion Caper by Gene DeWeese

dandelion-caperWhat the book’s about:   Another gem from The Nine-Year-Old’s school library, The Dandelion Caper tells the story of Walter and his friend Kathy. Walter and Kathy specialize in rescuing tourists from outer space, but they are unprepared for the trouble they encounter when a set of evil aliens take over an abandoned house in their neighborhood. 

Why The Nine-Year-Old thinks you’ll like it: “I liked the T. Rex aliens and all their machines that didn’t work. I also liked the cat alien who was trying to catch the T. Rex aliens because they were being evil. And the invisibility gadget looked disgusting, but was hilarious.”

Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Michaeux Nelson

badnewsoutlawsWhat the book’s about: Bad News for Outlaws describes the long career of Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves. A former slave who escaped to freedom in the Indian Territories, Reeves was the first African-American U.S. Deputy Marshal and one of the most talented U.S. Marshals in American history. During his 30 year career, Reeves used his wits and courage to bring more than 3,000 outlaws to justice — killing only 14 men in the process.

Why The Nine-Year-Old thinks you should pick it up: “Bass Reeves was mentioned in a book I read in second grade and I’ve been curious about him ever since. I’m glad someone finally wrote a book about him. He was a Deputy Marshal a really long time ago. He served longer than any of the other deputy marshals, even longer than the person who assigned him there. He got suspended when his Territory became a state — all the marshals did — so he joined the police force. I wish I could have known him.”

Your Storm Glass Update

(Photo: Shala Howell)

(Photo: Shala Howell)

Still not back to normal. If this were working, those crystals at the top would mean thunderstorms. The murky liquid would mean rain.

Chicago’s skies are a radiant blue today. It doesn’t seem like my storm glass is really back online yet. Maybe next week.

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