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Book Review: The Oxford Project

indexaspx.jpg   The Oxford Project by Peter Feldstein & Stephen Bloom

Review by Rachel, Librarian, Healdsburg Branch

2009 Alex Award Winner
     “The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.” (YALSA)

Back in 1984, a college professor with a passion for photography moved to the small Midwestern town of Oxford, Iowa. With a population or under 700 people, Stephen Bloom wanted to get to know his new neighbors in a very real way. He decided to send a letter to everyone in town, asking them to come to his studio for a portrait. After making the right friendly connection with one of Oxford’s elders, Bloom was able to photograph all but 7 of the town’s residents. From near new born babies to elders in their nineties, the people of Oxford came to the studio and were photographed as they were. Some were walking their dogs, others coming from the grocery store. One man brought his pet 300 pound lion (no joke!). Satisfied with his work, Bloom put all the negatives from the Oxford Project into a filing cabinet and forgot them. Jump ahead to 2007. Bloom and his colleague Peter Feldstein decided to re-photograph everyone they had seen in 1984. Feldstein interviewed Oxford’s residents about their lives and their relationships to each other. What resulted is a fascinating look at a town and it’s evolution from 1984 to today. Imagine if someone came to your class room or town to record everyone as they are right now. What would you look like in 25 years? See what happened to the people of Oxford, Iowa by reading The Oxford Project by Peter Feldstein and Stephen Bloom.

Teen Book Review: Children of the Lamp Series

Lily from Petaluma is our very first teen book reviewer.  She reviewed the first four books in the Children of the Lamp Series by Philip Kerr.
The Akhenaten Adventure
The Blue Djinn of Babylon
The Cobra King of Kathmandu
The Day of the Djinn Warriors
     These books are great, they are about two twins named John and Philippa Gaunt who find out that they are djinn on a trip to their Uncle Nimrod’s house. Djinn are also known as genies, they have the power to grant wishes. John, Philippa, Nimrod, and Nimrod’s butler, Groanin are soon wrapped up in a complex mystery trying to defeat the ifrit, the worst tribe of djinn, in getting the lost 70 djinn of akhenaten. I will not tell you what the lost djinn are for fear of giving away the ending, but I will tell you that they are what will balance out the power of the djinn. Philippa is a witty girl with red hair and glasses and John, is a tall dark boy who is clever but not as witty as Philippa.  I really like these books they are funny and suspenseful! I could not put these down! I highly recommend them for readers anywhere from 8 to 14, I had a blast reading them and I hope you will to.

Did you read this series?  Let us know what you thought of it!

Do you want to become a teen book reviewer?  E-mail Tiffany at teenspace@sonoma.lib.ca.us or go to http://sonomalibrary.org/forms/teenbook.scl. 

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