Did you know that Jews fled to Shanghai during the Holocaust? This book is a treasure about just such a Jewish family. Anya Rosen is the main, curly-headed, character. Over a few days, she learns that the war may not only be happening in countries far away, but in her own home as well. When will peace come? And have you ever wondered where the phrase "Oy vey" came from? Have you ever wanted to know what it was like to have a bomb drop practically on top of you and yet live? Or maybe you've wondered how exactly one takes parakeets for a walk. Find the answers to all these questions and more in "Anya's War".
What if you could see your future. What if every little thing you did, caused your future to change. In 1996 Emma and her best friend Josh receive an AOL computer disk but surprisingly Emma is able to log onto her facebook account fifteen years in the future. Each day something changes. What does their future hold?
"Not the End of the World" is one of the most thought provoking books I have read in the last year. Did Noah really get every kind of animal onto the ark? Did anyone else survive the flood? These questions and more are asked my Noah's daughter Timnah. It cuts to my heart in some places, and other times I want to shout in frusteration at the characters. The author has skillfully created a Noah's ark I had never imagined, but is her's also the correct one? Read this mistifying book that talks about the end of the world, but it turns out that the end of the world might not be as horrible as everyone thinks.
This book was a touching story set back in the 1910's. Ella grew up in the better part of London and had no thought in the world about how she was going to support herself when she finally moved out, until the tax collectors come calling. Her parents owe a huge amount of debt and Ella is kicked out into the world with no idea of how to live on her own. Irene, who is in England to learn midwifery, meets and helps Ella when she is in a desperate place and helps her turn her life around. Soon Ella has a nice paying job and is booked to travel to America with Irene, but she is booked on the Titanic. After that fateful night Ella is traumatized. Can she get past the fact that so many others died when she lived? A good read, but it is not for action-lovers.
In the 1800s, it wasn't socially acceptable for women to become doctors, or even for them to study and read. However, this didn't stop some women. In "Wildthorn,"? Louisa wants to become a doctor and her father encourages her. Sadly he dies, and her brother won't let her go to the medical school. He convinces her to become a companion for a friend's sister. However, instead of arriving at his friend's estate, Louisa finds herself at Wildthorn, an insane asylum. There, they tell her that her name is really Lucy Childs and she is stuck in with the other women. Some of the women are actually insane, but others aren't. Will Louisa be able to keep her identity and escape Wildthorn? Read "Wildthorn"? to find out.
Boys come back changed men after a war. Such is Cam Attling's fate. Follow the story of his return and read about characters that you've never read about before. Even the way the characters speak is captivating and earthy. Returning from war is harder than one might think. For Cam, it affects not only himself, but his entire village, and even once he's in his own house, he hasn't yet fully returned. This book was really good and fun to read.
Dear America, The Diary Of Angeline Reddy, Behind The Masks bySusan Patron
Rating: Excellent! (5)
Having the backround of growing up in the rustler town of Bodi, California, it's no wonder that witty Ageline Reddy is like she is: Courageous, plain, adventurous, blind to fear (or so she's trying), and with the gift of being able to see behind the masks. News strikes hard around town that Angeline's daring lawyer father, Patrick Reddy, was shot in a gunfight, but Angeline and her mother know better. Often Mr. Reddy has gone missing to asume costumes and gain more clues and truths to help him crack cases. Unknowing to what her father's intentions are, Angeline hopes that her father will come back to "life", so that the Reddy family can get back to their every day life. But Angeline can't get off the hoke so easily when a mystery awaits her. Thrust into the an unknown adventure with her new comrades, Elli and Ling Loi, Angeline braves the unkown. Many opportunities slam into Angeline so that she can uncover the mystery of why her father is in hiding...With midnight runs, highway men on the loose, mysterious balls, ghost children, stylish commities, and mysterious beus, this book was on the run with me! It was hard to put it down and it entertained me from the very beggining!
Kate does not see herself as a romantic young lady in waiting of Princess Elizabeth. Instead, she handles her banishment to the Perilous Guard calmly, never suspecting how much she will be tested, and how much like a story book her life will become. She becomes entangled in an ancient family's partnership with the last druidic worshipers. After becoming a slave of The Lady, the coldly beautiful high priestess, Kate is the only chance her friend Christopher and all other future sacrifices have of living. A thrilling, adventure filled, and romantic story with a heroine brim-full of practicality.
The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, is a fictional novel that discusses civil rights issues among southern women and their "help,"? otherwise known as African American maids. The story is told among the two housemaids Aibileen and Minny, and Miss Skeeter, a determined writer who was raised by a black maid. The help raises rich white women's children, and ultimately become closer with the children than the actual parents do. As a result of her childhood upbringing, Miss Skeeter respects the help, unlike her housewife peers Miss Hilly and Miss Leefoldt. While the white women worry about their appearances and Bridge clubs, Miss Skeeter is determined to get successful story published. After seeing Miss Hilly, Miss Leefoldt, and her own mother manipulate the help, Miss Skeeter decides to write about the housemaids' experiences with the higher class. The stories told by the help eventually stir up drama and questioning among the white housewives of Mississippi. The Help is a fantastic novel with its intricate and clever way of storytelling. The craft that was put into the dialogue really takes the reader back to the time of the southern 60's, and leaves an effect that will forever allow readers a glimpse into the times of civil rights movements.
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff is a very good book. It is about a fifteen year old girl, Daisy, from New York who is sent to England to stay with her cousins. Her stepmother is about to have a baby and Daisy is definitely not happy. What she finds in England surprises her. There is Piper, her serious 9 year old cousin, Edmond, her 14 year old cousin who she just might be in love with and Osbert and Isaac, along with Aunt Penn. She is having the best time when war suddenly breaks out with Aunt Penn gone. Soon, Daisy and Piper are split apart from the boys and sent to a distant family. They struggle both to get back together and to simply survive. I would definitely recommend this book.
House of the Red Fish is the sequel to Under the Blood-Red Sun. It continues the story of Tomi, a young Japanese boy living in post-Pearl Harbor Hawaii. Together with his friends Billy, Mose, and Rico, he attempts to float his father's fishing boat, the Taiyo Maru, which American soldiers had axed and sank after arresting his father. Keet Wilson, a spiteful American boy, realizes what Tomi plans to do and starts sabotaging his plans. Because his family lives on the Wilsons' land, Tomi is helpless and can't retaliate for fear of losing his home. All in all, this book is a little slow in some parts but is still worth reading. It has a very inspiring plot and will teach anyone who reads it a lot about perseverance and dreaming big.
This is a great book about the Vietnam War, it is in the perspective of a soldier who has a medical record and was going to work in a office for the army but they sent him in the infantry. It goes through his time in the army, and his way of trying to survive in the army with his friends whom he has met. It is a wonderful book and I would suggest it to any mature reader.