What Would Fred Read?

I laughed cried and marveled at Won’t You Be My Neighbor, the biography of Fred Rogers, the host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. I didn’t grow up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and was amazed by the thought Fred Rogers put into each episode and the range of current topics he addressed. He looked nerdy and trained as a Presbyterian minister; he was a man on a mission. He chose children’s television as his means to nurture young children and help them make sense of the world. He was very concerned about people’s feelings and making personal connections with his viewers, speaking directly to them and looking into the camera as if looking into their eyes. I think a teen Fred Rogers would enjoy books that do the same sort of thing.









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#QP2019 Nominees Round Up, July 17 Edition

59 Hours by Johnny Kovatch
Simon & Schuster / Simon Pulse
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
ISBN:  9781481476607

On August 9, 2000, fifteen-year-old Nick Markowitz was shot nine times and buried in a shallow grave. Jesse James Hollywood, a notorious drug dealer and the prime suspect, had vanished. The apparent motive — his brother, Ben, owed Hollywood money and Nick was collateral. Over the course of 59 hours, or a quick 200 pages, a dozen or more people saw Nick but said nothing nor reported their suspicions to police. Why? Would it have saved his life?

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