“Blackest of Fridays” by Joe Smiga (Boise); Xlibris ($23.99)
Have you ever waited for stores to open before daybreak on Black Friday? It’s still dark out. What was it like for you? You are probably anxious, maybe cold and certainly raring to go into those stores — never suspecting anything could happen to you or to hundreds of others by a band of men bent on destruction.
“Blackest of Fridays” leads us through events that traumatize the minds and the bodies of people who wanted only to shop for their loved ones. Then a sacrilegious occurrence happens on Christmas Eve at a midnight mass. When will this stop — or will it ever?
Det. Lt. John McNamara of the Natick Police Department is spearheading the investigation and promises the perpetrators will be caught and punished. How can he make such a promise?
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“Gatekeepers” by Tammy McMorrow (Idaho); CreateSpace ($15)
Tammy McMorrow recognizes that teachers live in a world of deafening voices that bombard their profession with opinions, traditions and mandates. Yet she beckons teachers to be sentinels at the doors of their classrooms — to stand watch and protect their students from any method or practice that could prove harmful. McMorrow combines the research of several distinguished educational pioneers with over 20 years of her own classroom experience to question the status quo. The varied topics in this book challenge teachers of all grade levels to critically think about how they teach students’ hearts and minds. She invites her readers to join this important conversation and guard the gate. She invites them to be gatekeepers.
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