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​Kimberly's Universal Truths List

Meet Kimberly

Kimberly has worked in the museum and education industry since 2000, where she used her extensive knowledge of the art world to organize and install solo and group exhibitions of contemporary artists and complete restoration projects. At Burton Barr Central Library she works with local artists and musicians to showcase their talent at the Library and manages the Science Café.

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When Kimberly is not working with artists, she is crocheting, quilting and reading children and teen novels.  These books capture universal truths and lessons; they teach us about the world we live in by making us look at it with new eyes.  She loves stories that take us away from our comfort zone, challenge us with new ideas and help us to appreciate what we have and who we are. 

The blue sword
In life we are introduced to books that literally change our lives. This is mine. I first read it in middle school and make a habit of reading it again every three years or so. I discover something new each time.
I love the chaos that both main characters are thrown into and how they overcome their training and backgrounds to accept each other and work for the good of everyone.
The storyteller
Stereotypes and prejudice have always fascinated me. How they develop and what the truth behind them actually is.  I love how the fairytale helps both the reader and Anna to better understand Abel and in the end overcome the problems they face. I think stories in general help us all to do this in our lives.
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This was my introduction to Russian fairytales! I really enjoyed that Ilya was still willing to help and trust a variety of creatures even though his family life had been so terrible. It goes to show that sometimes the most important thing we have to overcome is ourselves.
The last dragonslayer
When I started reading this book, I thought it was going to be a simple story, but I was thrilled by the complexity of the world, the depth of the characters and the ethical dilemmas' that Jennifer ends up facing. Can't wait to read the second book.
This is the book that hooked me on British literature and Indian culture. The richness of this time period, the pull that Kim feels between both halves of his heritage and his ability to be true to both in the end is fascinating.
The Arkadians          
I highly recommend anything written by Lloyd Alexander. This master story teller never fails to touch the human heart, highlighting the importance of seeing the individual in all the labels we carry.
Book of a thousand days          
This book does an amazing job of highlighting the danger and desperation of these girls. The most interesting part to me is the reversal of roles and the psychology behind it. Combines aspects of Rapunzel, the Goose Girl and Furskinned, all story\ies captured by the Brothers Grimm.
Trading in danger
Adventure stories are great, but I especially love it when everything that you planned goes wrong, because this is what life is really like. You never know what is going to happen and how it will dovetell your plans. The main character deals with flaunting her family's goals for her and trying to prove to herself and everybody else that she is a capable person worthy of trust.  Lots of twists in this plot that will keep you wondering what is going on.
Time traders
This story has it all! Timetravel, Communist threat, secret military installations, Robin Hood-like adventures, and aliens! Could not get enough.
Alice in Wonderland always interested me, not only because of the story itself, but because the writer was so messed up. His allusions to politics, drug use and madness have been written about by critics since the book was written. I enjoy how this author pushes the story to the edges of horror and adds a love triangle with questionable motives.
The time garden          
Edward Eager was greatly inspired by the works of Edith Nesbit and all of his books acknowledge the debt he owes her. His series of magic books are all wonderful in their embrace of childhood and the innocence that existed at that time. These are gentle stories that delve into friendship, consequences and magic in everything.
The Ancient One
This gripping story looks at trees from a surprising number of angles; as an economic resource, an ecological treasure, a spiritual being as well as one of the oldest living creatures on the planet.
The Indian in the cupboard
Make certain to read the books published before the movie came out, as the later versions are quite simplified. Omri is placed in the position of protector and learns what it means to stand up to friends and put others needs before his own wants.  The adventures continue in the four books that follow, reintroducing characters from the original books and exploring how the cupboard came to exist in the first place. Explores how emotions effect reality with magical consequences.
The Dragonfly pool
A story that explores what life was like for children at the beginning of Nazi rule. Reminds us that children understand more about life than you may think.
Spirits in the wires
I loved the juxtaposition of libraries and technology, of myth and reality and feel that this book adds another level to the discussion of whether Libraries are becoming obsolete.

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