When author Lauren Child introduced the character of Ruby Redfort in her award winning series about the irrepressible Clarice Bean, she was inundated with letters from fans wanting more. Look Into My Eyes is the first of three novels featuring the thirteen year old genius code breaker and undercover agent as she, along with her sidekick butler, Hitch, work for the super-secret agency Spectrum. Break-ins, daring rescues and life-or-death situations are all in a day’s work, but the super-smart Ruby Redfort remains ice-cool through it all.
Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child, along with follow up novels Take Your Last Breath and Catch Your Death are available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.
When the Second World War broke out, Ralph MacLean traded his quiet yet troubled life in eastern Canada for the ravages of war overseas. Ralph found himself one of the many Canadians captured by the Japanese in December 1941. He would live out his war in a prison camp, enduring beatings, starvation, electric feet and a journey on a hell ship to Japan, watching his friends and countrymen die all around him.
On the western side of Canada, Mitsue Sakamoto and her family felt their pleasant life in Vancouver starting to fade away after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Mitsue and her family were ordered out of their home and were packed off to a work farm in Alberta, leaving many of their possessions behind. The Sakamotos lost everything when the community center housing their possessions was burned to the ground, and the $25 compensation from the government meant they had no choice but to start again.
Somehow, despite facing such enormous transgressions against them, Ralph MacLean and the Sakamotos learned to forgive. Without the depth of their forgiveness, author Mark Sakamoto, would never have existed. Mark tells Ralph and Mitsue’s true stories in his Evergreen Award™ nominated title Forgiveness: a gift from my grandparents. Forgiveness can be requested through any of the eight branches of the Haliburton County Public Library.
*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM, February 22nd – March 7th, 2015.