Shooting at the Stars is a fictionalized account of the Christmas truce that occurred in the trenches between British and German troops during World War I in 1914. The story is told conveyed through a letter by a British soldier to his mother. He tells of December 24th, when the British soldiers heard singing coming from the opposing trench 30 paces away. Stille Nacht--Silent Night. The next morning, they woke up to calls from the German soldiers. Warily, soldiers from both sides began to step out into “No Man’s Land”. They first buried their d
This steam punk adventure takes place primarily in Londinium, a dangerous alternative London ruled over by the Lady and filled with all things mechanical. Periodically, the Lady longs for a son who is completely flesh and blood with no clockwork pieces. When this happens she sends someone to cross over into the other London to bring one back for her.
August (Auggie) Pullman is different from other ten year old kids. Born with a rare congenital condition resulting in startling facial deformities, he has a not so ordinary face that invites curiosity and criticism, as well as compassion. He leaves the bubble of his loving and safe home-schooled environment to attend fifth grade at Beecher Prep in New York City. For one year, readers follow Auggie as he stumbles through the minefields of adolescence: vulnerable in a school culture where being different is an oddity not
At thirteen, Tula wonders "how many slaves / Mama will buy with the money / she gains by marrying me to / the highest bidder." Loosely based on the early life of the Cuban novelist and human rights advocate Gertrudis Gmez de Avellaneda (1814-73) who was nicknamed Tula, this novel in verse follows her through a dangerous open rebellion against 19th century slavery in Cuba and a personal fight to resist an arranged marriage. During this time in Cuban history, the most open rebels were poets like Gmez de Avellaneda. This award winning novel is recommended for gra
Odette is an only child living with her parents when Paris is invaded by Nazi's. Her father enlists in the French Army, leaving Odette and her mother living with food shortages and constant fear of being taken prisoner. Odette is sent to live in the countryside, hiding in plain sight while living with a family and pretending to be Christian. Her journey takes her on a personal search for her own religious identity. This work of historical fiction was inspired by the autobiography of Odette Meyers, an adult book titled
Words With Wings, by the author of the Dyamonde Daniel series for young readers, is about a girl named after a creature with wings, the angel Gabriel. Gabriella loves to daydream, and daydreaming helps her cope with her parent's recent divorce. However Gabby still craves her mother's and her teacher Mr. Spicer's approval. Gabby tries to stop daydreaming, but Mr.
It's the summer of 1871 in the small town of Placid, Wisconsin when 13 year old Georgia Burkhardt, a rugged girl with a bullseye shot, sets out to find the truth behind her older sister, Agatha's disappearance. Georgia knew that she had something to do with her sister's broken engagement to a wealthy older gentleman but Georgia didn't expect Agatha to run off like that. After the town sheriff is sent to find Agatha and bring her home, he returns with an unrecognizable body wearing Agatha's dress. Everyone in the family but Georgia, accept
November has been designated National Native American Heritage Month. Even if it weren’t, I would still sing the praises of this wonderful book and its sequels. The Birchbark House introduces the reader to Omakayas (“Little Frog”), a young Ojibwa girl living on what is now known as Madeline Island, Wisconsin, on Lake Superior in the 1840’s.
This story is about a boy named Linc, who becomes a spy because his look-alike was a missing agent from a top secret operation team named “Pandora”. Lincoln Baker, a 12-year-old, is one of those kids who means well but is constantly in trouble. On a field trip to a chicken farm, Linc feels bad for the chickens all cooped up so he decides to let them loose. Now the school wants to expel him, the farmer wants to sue his family for damages, and his best friend puts his picture with bird poop on his head on YouTube. This is how he is noticed
If you believe that zombies are only in scary stories or movies…think again. If you are grossed out at the thought of creatures that take over the bodies and brains of other creatures, this review--let alone this book--is not for you. Just walk away.
Is your best never good enough? Do you keep trying and trying and still the people you are trying to help trash your efforts? Then you might find accidental superhero Lin fascinating as she brings her writings to life with the push of a button when she becomes the hero from her books. With flash photography as her superhero weakness, Lin a.k.a. AC makes an interesting if unsure teen champion whose cell phone uses binary code to transform her into a superhero.
In this second book of time travelers, we find our Hystorians, Dak. Sera, and Riq traveling to 885 A.D. to fix the break in history. They land in Paris during the 9th century where thousands of Viking warriors are trying to capture the city. Their old enemies the SQ are also there and they are helping the Vikings. The time travelers need to find the Hystorian and fix the break before it’s too late.
This work of historical fiction is based on a true story of a boy who spied for the Resistance during the 1940 Nazi occupation of Norway.Espen is an average teenager whose life is caught up in a time in history that is anything but typical.Before the occupation he spent his days at school, playing soccer or participating in Scouts.
Twelve-years-old Zach tells his lifelong friends Poppy and Alice that he is giving up playing fantasy games with their dolls and action figures, telling them that “you can’t play pretend forever”.Poppy and Alice don’t know that Zach’s father has thrown his action figures out and told him that “it’s time you grew up”.However, Poppy tells Zach and Alice that their game can
I’ve been very interested in Afghanistan since the 1980s and I eagerly devour as much non-fiction as I can on the diverse cultures, complex history and natural beauty of the country. Ellis’s My name is Parvana was created to be a realistic fiction novel based on the lives of multiple children that the author met during her time in Afghanistan. The importance of education and its positive impact on the lives of girls is readily apparent throughout the book.
Binky is no ordinary cat; unbeknownst to his owners, he is a certified space cat, and their home is a space station! After several adventures featuring space travel (going outdoors), battles with aliens (bugs), a daring rescue of Binky’s beloved toy mouse, Ted, and a challenge from a superior officer (foster cat Gracie), Binky has been promoted to lieutenant by F.U.R.S.T.