Book Talks: The Lobster Kings and The Right Word

lobster kingsThe Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner

The Kings family has lived on Loosewood Island for three hundred years, blessed with the bounty of the sea. But for the Kings, this blessing comes with a curse: the loss of every first-born son. Now, Woody Kings, family patriarch and the leader of the island’s lobster fishing community, teeters on the throne. Cordelia, the oldest of Woody’s three daughters, stands to inherit the crown. In a fight for her family’s legacy, Cordelia must confront drug runners and ruthless poachers threatening the family’s age-old territory. Inspired by Shakespeare’s King Lear, The Lobster Kings by Alexi Zentner is the story of Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life in the face of danger from offshore, while putting aside sibling rivalry and her own promising love interest. The Lobster Kings is one of ten nominated Evergreen™ Award titles and can be requested through the Haliburton County Public Library.

the right wordThe Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

Meet Peter Mark Roget. As a young boy his family moved around a lot, so it was difficult to make friends. But he figured out that books made good friends, and you didn’t have to leave them behind. Naturally shy, Peter liked making lists – especially lists of words and ideas. Peter was always looking for the right word, and wanted to help others find the right word too… as well… also.

We get a glimpse of the life of Peter Mark Roget, author of Roget’s Thesaurus, in a beautiful picture book biography The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet. From the sadness he experienced from the loss of his father as a young boy, to his fascination with plants and animals, to his first word book that contained 100 pages, 1000 ideas, and listed more than 15,000 words which helped the shy Peter make presentations to some of the most famous thinkers and inventors of the time.

The Right Word: Roget and his Thesaurus by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM April 5th – 18th, 2015.

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