Book Talks: A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans and That Lonely Section of Hell

a dragon's guideA Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans
by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder

Step One: Take your time and choose your pet wisely.
Step Two: To train your pet you will need three things: Patience, patience, and, above all, patience!
Step Three: Always make sure your pet knows who’s in charge!

This is where it all goes wrong for Miss Drake and Winnie. When Miss Drake’s pet Fluffy passes away, she’s barely even started mourning when Winnie barges into her life completely unannounced. Winnie claims that Miss Drake’s beloved pet Fluffy was -her- Great Aunt Amelia, and – what’s worse – that Miss Drake is now HER pet. Perposterous! The City by the Bay is full of magical creatures, including the three thousand year old dragon Miss Drake, unbeknownst to most humans. But Miss Drake has been keeping humans as pets for generations, and when ten-year-old Winnie shows up completely unsurprised to find a dragon in her basement, Miss Drake knows she has her work cut out for her. Thankfully there is A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans – but the mischief Winnie gets up to may unleash all manner of creatures good, bad, and ugly on the unsuspecting inhabitants of San Francisco.

A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder, along with its sequel A Dragon’s Guide to Making Your Human Smarter, are available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.

 

LonelySectionThat Lonely Section Of Hell: the botched investigation of a serial killer who almost got away
by Lori Shenher

That Lonely Section Of Hell: the botched investigation of a serial killer who almost got away by Lori Shenher, is the author’s account of the investigation into the disappearances of sex workers from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. It captures the frustration, self-recrimination, anguish, and helplessness she felt as head of Vancouver Police Department’s  Missing Persons Review Team, during the three long years it took to bring Robert Pickton in for questioning in what proved to be one of Canada’s most notorious serial murder cases. Despite receiving what appeared to be credible leads from informants implicating Pickton in 1998, Shenher could not convince her colleagues, or local RCMP officers, to act on tips and investigate, though women continued to disappear. Insufficient and uncooperative staff, racism and other prejudice, and a practice of ruling out possibilities before investigating them slowed the team’s progress. It took a toll on her and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder eventually drove her from the police department.  Shenher’s highly readable book provides important insights into a horrifying case and the reasons that it remained unsolved for far too long. That Lonely Section of Hell is one of ten titles nominated for the 2016 Evergreen Award. Read one or all ten titles and cast your vote for your favourite in the fall, at your branch of the Haliburton County Public Library.

*Originally aired on 100.9 CANOE FM, March 20th – April 2nd, 2016.

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