A step in the right direction

4 Aug

It’s August, so my mind is turning back towards school. I have my first training  of the 2016-17 school year today, a presentation by Kelly Gallagher. It will be fun to see colleagues again and go out for lunch, and generally start getting ready to go back to school. I am ready to change direction.

In her graphic novel, Compass South, Hope Larson;s characters have t change direction, too.


Publisher’s Summary: It’s 1860 in New York City. When 12-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra’s father disappears, they join the Black Hook Gang and are caught by the police pulling off a heist. They agree to reveal the identity of the gang in exchange for tickets to New Orleans. But once there, Alex is shanghaied to work on a ship that is heading for San Francisco via Cape Horn. Cleo stows away on a steamer to New Granada where she hopes to catch a train to San Francisco to find her brother. Neither Alexander nor Cleo realizes the real danger they are in-they are being followed by pirates who think they hold the key to treasure. How they outwit the pirates and find each other makes for a fast-paced, breathtaking adventure.

This is the first book in a series entitled Four Points and is really quite engaging. The second book, Knife’s Edge, is due out in June 2017 and I am looking forward to reading it. This series would be perfect for readers in grades 4-7, who love adventure.


As I sit  here this morning, sipping my coffee and gearing up for the day, I feel like a ship, changing course in a very calm ocean. August is the month where that transition happens. Rolling home, back to work. Here’s a little musical interlude from one of my favorite Scottish bands that sort of sums up how I am feeling these days.



3 Responses to “A step in the right direction”

  1. Shari Daniels August 4, 2016 at 6:03 am #

    Oh my heavens, I sat and listened to Rolling Home and before I knew it, my body was swaying and I was lost in the music. I saw Ireland in my mind, and thought of my ancestors crossing the seas. What a beautiful way to think about our transition back to the classroom.

    • Adrienne August 4, 2016 at 6:19 am #

      It popped in my head as I was getting ready to go to my workshop this morning and just seemed so apropos.

  2. Lisa Orchard August 4, 2016 at 5:48 pm #

    I am not ready for the school year to begin! I want at least one more month of summer!

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