Oh, the Ferris wheel. Even if you’re afraid of heights, as I am, you can’t help but feel the attraction of the magnificent Ferris wheel, first set up at the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. The history of the Ferris wheel, which offers astounding views, is compelling as are the science and math and poetry and possibilities all wrapped into this wheel that turns its way into the sky. Found around the world, there is a magical quality to Mr. Ferris’ invention that brings joy.
When 13-year-old Rosie Beckett travels from her family’s farm to visit Aunt Euterpe in Chicago, she’s excited to visit the World’s 1893 Columbian Exposition. Her entire family shares this experience in a fast-paced, funny way, encountering Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and riding the Ferris Wheel. Rosie’s world expands exponentially and the reader is happy to be along for the adventure. Middle-grade novel that will be enjoyed by all ages.
In 1893, Conn Kilroy emigrates to America from Ireland. His Uncle Patrick invites him to travel farther into America’s heartland, where they will work on erecting the Ferris wheel that appeared at Chicago’s 1893 World Exposition. Richard Peck says in his introduction, “[This] book is in fact the biography of the first Ferris Wheel … the moon shot of its time …” A Newbery Honor book.
Hope is a Ferris Wheel
Ten-year-old Star Mackie lives in a trailer park with her flaky mom and her melancholy older sister, Winter, whom Star idolizes. Moving to a new town has made it difficult for Star to make friends, when her classmates tease her because of where she lives and because of her layered blue hair. But when Star starts a poetry club, she develops a love of Emily Dickinson and, through Dickinson’s poetry, learns some important lessons about herself and comes to terms with her hopes for the future.