"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.
Sugar knows there is bitterness in life, but ever since she could remember, her grandpa and mom have taught her to sweeten up the world no matter what. It was easy enough, until Sugar and her mother lost their home because of her dad's gambling debts. Now they are homeless, and worse, her mother begins to give up and even lose her mind. What will happen to this perservering girl that rights poems from words written across her heart? No one, not her southern bell mom, her drunk dad, or even her beloved, eccentric English teacher could ever have expected the journey Sugar would have to make before she was almost home. Joan Bauer out-did herself with this excellent book.
'I am just a woodcutter's daughter.' Rose is convinced that she will never have a love that her friend Hildy fantasizes about all the time. After all, she is just a poor woodcutter's daughter, now the healer's apprentice. So when she has to help care for the injured Lord Hamlin she refuses to entertain any daydreams about him, or his kind manner, or his deep blue eyes... She knows that he is engaged to the mysterious princess who is nowhere to be found. Despite herself, she begins to fall in love with him. When she finally realizes this fact, will it be too late? The plot thickens as an unexpected turn of events threatens the safety of everyone Rose has come to care for.
Half of the Silver Buckle now belongs to Nick Noble. The thought brings both happiness and dread to Nick. He's happy that he owns part of the land where he grew up, but he also dreads having to see the people he left several years earlier. Then Nick finds out something that makes him rush home even faster- the other half of the land was left to his former best friend. However, Nick does not expect to meet Piper when he arrives back home. Piper Sullivan is convinced that Nick framed her brother for murder. In order to prove Nick's guilt she goes undercover at the ranch as a cook. Despite the fact that she thinks he is a liar, she begins to fall for him. Follow along with Piper and Nick as they discover just how importance forgiveness and love can be in a person's life.
Finding Faith is a book that is could never put down until I had finished reading it. Few books have that affect on me, not only did I not want to put it down but I find myself wanting to reread it constantly. What Molly has done is exactly every good book needs: she has given it adventure over every page; she has taken me into Emma's feelings in a way which I could understand Emma and her actions fully; she has thrown in an unlikely romance, which Emma shuns with all her being; and after a few I didn't expect that she has written the epitome of a good book.
Imagine living with autism through your hole life. Being teased. Laughed at. This is what Holden Harris has to live with every day at Fulton High School. Until one day, he remembers an old friend, Ella Reynolds. When they were preschool age (and before Holden had autism) they used to play together and their mothers were best friends. But all of that has changed now. But, when there is an opening for the school play, Beauty and the Beast, Ella wants Holden to take it. (And he does)! This is a very emotional book, and I would recommend it to anyone who understands what autism is.
You can't keep Bethany Hamilton out of the waves, or more importantly out of surf competitions. But when she discovers that she didn't make it for the state amateur surfing competition, it dawns on Bethany that she now has more time to spend on the mission trip to Mexico her Youth Group is doing. The Youth Group leaves to Mexico with willing hearts and prepared minds... Or so they think... When they get there, they're thrust into the relization that not everybody has a great home to live in, a paying job, and warm meals each day. Bethany and some of her other friends plan to go and help out at an orphanage. But when a tragidy smashes into Bethany's life, she'll have to choose between a chance of a lifetime, or the chance to keep her word. This book made me relize that not everybody has what I'm blessed with continuously every day. It was fast paced and made me want to help more in my community.
Bethany Hamilton is in the waves again, only for a different reason. Her youth group plans to take a missions trip to Mexico, but raising money has been difficult for the small group. Car washes don't get an amount of money anywhere near what they need! Bethany is starting to question her faith in her prediciment. While all this is going on with Bethany... A girl struggles with many questions that pop into her head after a terrible accident that changed her family. When Bethany and her friend, Holly, are thrust into a dangerious situation, will they ask God to help or rely on their own earthly strength? This book was energetic and fun to read! It shed a good light on life and gave me something to be thankful for. A good read for those who like to look at things in a bright perspetive!
Rebecca And The Movies by Jacqueline Dembar Greene
Rating: Good (4)
Energetic, spunky, and with a stylish tilt to her angle, Rebecca Rubin longs to be an actress someday. But her parents have something else planned... being a teacher. Rebecca cannot imagine pacing in front of a blackboard for the hours on end, but it seems she has no choice. She then learns that it's best if she keeps her thoughts and dreams to herself. Her birthday arrives, but things seem to be taking on their own swing! Before she knows it she's watching a famous director film a movie! Excitement bubbles up in Rebecca, but her troubles aren't over. This book made me want to reach high and live my dreams! The writing could be improved, but all together, it was good.