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Book Spotlight: The Art of ManlinessThe Art of Manliness

For thousands of years, the skills and knowledge of the art of manliness were passed down from father to son, and from man to man. Each succeeding generation was prepared to take its place in the long and storied history of manhood. But for the past few decades, the chain of manliness has been broken. Many men today have grown up without a father or a positive male role model to mentor them on their road to manhood. The skills that every man should possess have ceased to be passed down and carried forward. At the same time, society has stopped celebrating manliness and has stripped it of its positive qualities, leaving only a shell of negative stereotypes.

But men around the world are tired of this unfortunate status quo. They’re hungry to learn how to man up; they want to reconnect the chain of manliness by becoming a strong link themselves. But where to begin? What things does a man need to know to better himself and journey from boy to man? The Art of Manliness book has the answers and can be your starting point as you travel down the path to true manliness.

While we couldn’t put everything a man needs to know in a book, The Art of Manliness is an excellent introduction to essential man knowledge and the basics of honorable manhood. Read more

Book Spotlight: The Fablehaven Series

fablehaven series

The Fablehaven books are so entertaining that I read the first three in a single sitting. They kept me turning the pages until 4:40 in the morning. Each book was better than the last! Brandon Mull is a talented new fantasy writer, and I can’t wait to read more from him. The world he has created is deep, intriguing, magical, and full of surprising discoveries and unexpected dangers. I especially liked his two main characters, Kendra and Seth. They both act like real people, and unlike many fictional siblings, they help and support each other when they’re in trouble. The Fablehaven series is one of the most enjoyable fantasies I’ve read in the past few years. I only wish I could have read it when I was ten or twelve. —Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon

The series is generating buzz as a contender in the fantasy-adventure genre to replace the Harry Potter franchise. —The Hollywood Reporter

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A Cracking WebsiteRoald Dahl

Visit the wonderful world of Roald Dahl, author of favorite children’s books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, and Matilda. Read more

The Pioneer of Cowboy Stories

The VirginianThe Virginian is the story of a quiet hero, “a courageous loner who follows his private code of honor while prevailing over the forces of evil.” In Owen Wister Out West, Owen Wister’s daughter captures the essence of the historical impact of The Virginian:

. . . For the first time, a cowboy was a gentleman and a hero, but nobody realized then that the book was the master design on which thousands of Westerns would be modeled. Its hero was the first cowboy to capture the public’s imagination, and hundreds of young girls fell in love with him . . . besides being handsome, he was humorous and human . . . The Virginian himself is the progenitor of the cowboy as folk figure. Because of him, little boys wear ten-gallon hats and carry toy pistols. This one novel set the tradition of the West permanently. We still have Western stories, Western movies, and Western radio and television drama in which the cowboy hero defends justice and his girl’s honor and shoots it out with the villain . . . It was written as fiction but has become history . . .

The novel was made into at least four movies and a television series. Before the first silent film was made, it was performed in theatres. . . Read more

The Ill-Fated IllustratorBrett Helquist

If you’ve seen or read A Series of Unfortunate Events, you’ve seen Brett Helquist’s unique art. Learn about this American illustrator and view illustrations he’s done for the Unfortunates and other books. Read more

Book Spotlight: Warriors Don’t Cry

Warriors Don't Cry In 1957, Melba Pattillo turned sixteen. That was also the year she became a warrior on the front lines of a civil rights firestorm. Following the landmark 1954 Supreme Court ruling, Brown v. Board of Education, Melba was one of nine teenagers chosen to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School.

Throughout her harrowing ordeal, Melba was taunted by her schoolmates and their parents, threatened by a lynch mob’s rope, attacked with lighted sticks of dynamite, and injured by acid sprayed in her eyes. But through it all, she acted with dignity and courage, and refused to back down.

This is her remarkable story.

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