The fear of friday the 13th is very real to a lot of people and it’s called Friggatriskaidekaphobia. The word itself is frightening, but it’s been around for over 100 years and the fear of the number thirteen has been around even longer.
In the early 1800’s, The Thirteenth Club was formed to disprove the fear of the number thirteen along with many other superstitions such as walking under ladders and spilling salt. The club members dared to sit thirteen guests at a table and meet on the 13th of every month. Believe it or not, all members survived.
Even though these superstitions have been disproved time and time again some people still hold on to those beliefs—just in case. According Stress Management Center in Asheville, NC, approximately 17-21 million Americans suffer from the fear of one particular day. Their fear causes them to avoid their daily activities on Friday the 13th.
Where will you be on this Friday the 13th?
I was first interested in reading HOOK’S REVENGE to see what could be done differently with the Peter Pan story? It was already a terrific story as it was. But, I was blown away by how Heidi Schultz added even more fun and adventure to this classic tale.
The reader sees Neverland through the eyes of Jocelyn Hook, Captain Hook’s daughter. Jocelyn was raised on the mainland by her grandfather. When she was 12-years-old she was sent to a boarding school to learn how to be a proper young lady of England. Jocelyn had no interest in that lifestyle. She dreamed of adventure on the high seas and becoming a pirate like her father.
So, Jocelyn ran away for adventure which proved to be more difficult and less glamorous than she envisioned. Jocelyn had to dig deep to overcome huge obstacles such as cannibals, the lost boys (including the bothersome Peter Pan), the infamous crocodile and her own lack of experience and confidence.
This fast-paced story is wonderfully descriptive with tons of action and even a hint of romance. Peter Pan plays a minor role and there are many colorful cast members who take center stage. One of my favorite parts was the entertaining narrator, a cantankerous old pirate who sometimes insults the reader—very funny!
I highly recommend this wonderful adventure story for girls grades 4-6.
I recently had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS by Lisa Lewis Tyre due out September 29th.
This debut novel takes place in Zollicoffer, Tennessee, a small town with a long history and a little mystery. Lou Mayhew lives with her parents in the center of town in one of the original houses still standing. It also happens to be a junkyard—the family business. Some people in town consider it an eyesore and try to get it removed through eminent domain. Lou is determined to save her family’s house. She enlists friends to help search for evidence that will get the house registered as a National Historical Site. While looking into her family history, Lou finds some troubling news about her ancestors, but also discovers that there might be a stash of civil war gold hidden in or around the house.
This book is fun and fast-paced with lots of witty southern humor. The author also manages to weave in some serious topics such as the civil war, slavery and racism. The characters are wonderfully authentic and the story is full of heart.
This is the perfect middle grade book for boys and girls in 4-6th grades. Not only is it entertaining, but it opens up opportunities to discuss the choices people make and how they can affect history.
Finding a penny on the ground has been a lucky superstition for a very long time. The origin is believed to go as far back as ancient Greece when it was lucky to carry around a piece of metal to fight off evil spirits. Some believe the saying used to be, “find a pin, pick it up and all day long you’ll have good luck.”
When people started using coins for currency, the saying changed to “find a penny.” If you found a penny ages ago it was considered to be very lucky and a sign of prosperity. I’m not sure there were many pennies left lying around back then, so finding one was certainly lucky.
Now a days, finding a penny isn’t as big of a deal. Even though a penny can’t buy much anymore it may just buy you a little luck.