Category Archives: Nonfiction

Back in the Bigs: How Winnipeg won, lost, and regained its place in the NHL by Randy Turner

back in the bigsBibliographic Information:

Turner, R. (2011). Back in the bigs. Winnipeg: Winnipeg Free Press. (978-0968257562)

Plot Summary:

Hockey in Winnipeg, Manitoba is serious business. When the Jets returned to Winnipeg in 2011, sports writer Randy Turner explores the history of the team before it went south in 1996 and professional hockey in Winnipeg.

Critical Evaluation:

Back in the Bigs’ large format allows readers to enjoy the many pictures sprinkled through the pages. The writing is accessible and tells a great story of failure and the triumph in the saga of NHL hockey in Manitoba.

Reader’s Annotation:

Manitoba was without an NHL team for a long time before the Jets returned for the 2011-2012 season. But, the desire for a return to the Bigs never died.

Information About the Author:

Randy Turner is a native Manitoban and have covered sports for the Winnipeg Free Press, a local paper, for twenty years (Randy Turner, 2013).

After Randy graduated from Boissevain High School in the late 1970’s, he attended the Creative Communications program at Red River Community College. In 1987, he began working on the Rural page for the Winnipeg Free Press. In 2011, he became a general sports columnist and in 2011 he became a general features writer for the paper.

Throughout his time with the Free Press, he was covered high school hockey to Grey Cups and World Junior hockey championships. Turner has been nominated for three National Newspaper Awards in sports writing (Randy Turner, Reporter 2013).

Genre:

  • Nonfiction
  • National Hockey League
  • Winnipeg Jets
  • Hockey

Curriculum Ties:

  • N/A

Booktalking Ideas:

  • Talk about how the Jets did this year – pull the stats
    • Segue into how they came back to Winnipeg
  • Show clip of the reaction when it was announced that the Jets were coming back to Winnipeg.

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Ages 10 and up

Challenge Issues:

  • N/A

Why did you include this resource in the titles you selected?:

Back in the Bigs tells the story of the Jets in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It should be in all schools in the province .

References:

Randy Turner. (2013). Retrieved May 5, 2013 from http://penguin.ca/nf/Author/AuthorPage/0,,2000000238,00.html

Randy Turner, Reporter (2013) Retrieved May 5, 2013 from http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/biographies/141970423.html

High School eBook Collection by Infobase Publishing

infobaseBibliographic Information:

Infobase Learning`s High School eBook Collection (2013) by Infobase Publishing. See Infobas website for more informationhttp://www.infobasepublishing.com/eBookLanding.aspx?eBooks=1

Plot Summary:

An ebook database of over 3600 books that support curriculum at a high school level.

infobase full screenCritical Evaluation:

Infobase eBook database provides over 3000 nonfiction books from a variety of publishers including Facts on File, Bloom`s, and Chelsea House.

Users can access the books through the subject directory, on the left side. The subjects support the curriculum at a high school level including Ancient History, Biographies, Careers & Education and Economy & Business to name a few.

Users can search all the books using the search box in a full text search or in a title search. Users also have an option to use an Advanced Search. Alternately, users can search within a particular title or click on a specific chapter.

An Internet connection is required to access the ebooks. At this time, the books cannot be downloaded on a personal device. As a result, the database allows unlimited simultaneous access to users, a definite benefit for school homework.

Reader’s Annotation:

Infobase ebooks database is an excellent online database that allows users to search across all 3600 books with one search.

Information About the Author:

Infobase is a leading provider of books and databases to the school market. Infobase encompasses well-known names such as Facts on File, Chelsea House, Bloom`s Literary Criticism, and Ferguson Publishing (About us).

Genre:

  • nonfiction

Curriculum Ties:

  • Most curriculum area covered

Booktalking Ideas:

  • Can be added to most pathfinders to support research

Reading Level/Interest Age:

  • Ages 12 and up

Challenge Issues:

  • N/A

Why did you include this resource in the titles you selected?:

Finding good nonfiction materials to support curriculum can be difficult. Infobase provides an excellent product at a reasonable price. We decided to get a trial subscription to the ebook database this year.

References:

About us. (n.d.). Retreived from http://www.infobasepublishing.com/AboutUs.aspx