It’s February 29th, a day that only comes around every four years. Do you know why we have a “leap year” with an extra day in it? We all know that the year is 365 days long … but it’s actually more like 365.25 days. It’s hard to add a 1/4 of a day to the calendar, so we save up those extra bits and stick one whole day onto the calendar every four years. Of course, every rule has its exceptions, and when Leap Year lands on a century year we only add the extra day if the year is divisible by 4. Complicated, yes, but necessary if our calendar is going to match up with the natural year.
How will you use this extra day? I suggest reading a good book. :) Here are some books that will have you leaping (and jumping) for joy:
Charles and Emma : the Darwins’ leap of faith by Deborah Heiligman (920 Hei) – A biography of English naturalist Charles Darwin that provides an account of the personality behind evolutionary theory and the affect of his work on his personal life, such as his relationship with his religious wife.
Jumping the Nail by Eve Bunting (FIC Bunting) – When teenagers in a California coastal community challenge each other to “jump the Nail”–leap from dangerous cliffs into the ocean–group pressure and manipulative relationships quickly drive the game out of control.
The leap by Jonathan Stroud (FIC Stroud) – After the drowning death of her best friend, Max, Charlie begins to have vivid dreams of Max in a strange land, but when she wakes up with cuts and bruises, she realizes that her dreams are real and sets out to find Max.
The jump : Sebastian Telfair and the high stakes business of high school ball by Ian O’Connor (921 Telfair) – Chronicles the life of New York basketball sensation Sebastian Telfair, describing how he went from abject poverty to riches after becoming one of the sport’s greatest point guards.
Jumping off swings by Johanna Knowles (FIC Knowles) – Tells, from four points of view, the ramifications of a pregnancy resulting from a “one-time thing” between Ellie, who feels loved when boys touch her, and Josh, an eager virgin with a troubled home life.