Catching the Sky by Colten Moore, is a powerful story of a bond between two brothers whose dreams were achieved through hard work and family sacrifices. Colten and Caleb, Texas boys, grew up loving risk and became stars on the freestyle ATV and snowmobile circuits. Their parents at one time filed for bankruptcy and moved the family numerous times to find work. Caleb was the older one, better athlete and risk taker where Colten was the quiet, reserve and hesitant athlete. At times it seemed that Colten was always in Caleb's shadows. After achieving stardom in freestyle ATV, the two brothers turned their desire to compete in the ESPN X Games. The only problem was they needed to learn how to do tricks and flips on a snowmobile. Being boys from Texas, neither one had ever been on a snowmobile, but that wasn't going to stop them. Tragedy does strike the family and Colten needs to learn how to step outside of the shadow of his brother. Colten's story "reminds us that we can dream and sometimes achieve the impossible, that we can follow our own path, that we can lose something, lose everything, only to find it again-often in the most unlikely place." (Book jacket)
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The Only Pirate at the Party
Lindsey Stirling and Brooke S. Passey
Gallery Books, 2016. 258 pgs. 780.92 S861o
Fast and easy read about Lindsey Stirling, a dancing electronic violinist who's music has been viewed by billions on YouTube. She tells us of her journey beginning with her classically trained background to developing her own style of music. Early in her career she was voted off "America's Got Talent," but amassed more then ten million social media fans. Her story includes her struggle to read in second grade and finding out she had a learning disability referred to as cross dominance. For awhile she needed to wear an eye patch over her dominant eye so the nondominant eye could catch up. Later in life she dealt with an eating disorder. Readers learn that life as a musician on tour is not always fun and it's good to get back home.
Of the eight nominees for Best Picture, five are based on books, and one, Spotlight, has a book connection. Here are the books that received nominations: