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The War That Saved My Life

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Title:   The War That Saved My Life
Author:   Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Series:   –
Recommended for:   grades 5 and up
Pages:   316 p.
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION BRADLEY, K.

Rating:   *****

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.

Comments:

I hope this book wins the next Newbery Award.

It takes place in England at the beginning of World War II, and is the story of two London children who are evacuated to Kent to protect them from wartime dangers.  Ada and Jamie aren’t chosen by any of the villagers who are willing to foster evacuees, and wind up at the home of an isolated woman who didn’t have any experience with children.  Thankfully, she feeds them, clothes them and (best of all) has a pony they can ride.

I think my favorite aspect of the book was the character development of the protagonist (Ada) and their guardian Susan, the growing relationship of Susan and the two children, and other friendships Ada develops in the village.  Their lives are so much better away from their mother’s abuse, and Ada learns that she is capable of many things.

 

 

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Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Historical, Juv

 

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The Princess in Black

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Title:   The Princess in Black
Author:   Shannon Hale
Series:   First book in Princess in Black series
Recommended for:   grades K-3
Pages:   89 p.
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION HALE, S.

Rating:   ****

 

 

 

Synopsis:   Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . .Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? This is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.   (Amazon description)

Comments:   This early chapter book is light, fluffy and features a princess who secretly has mad ninja skills.  Need I say more?  I think girls in grades 1-3 will love it.  So will younger girls whose parents/caregivers read them chapter books.  But what about the boys?  I don’t imagine them snatching the book off the shelf due to the title and cover, but the ninja and monster action will keep them interested once they start reading (or listening).  There’s a goat boy in the book who would like to help the princess vanquish monsters.  A male sidekick could help attract boys to the series….

Did I mention that the princess has a pony with a secret identity???

 

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2015 in Adventure, Juv

 

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Rosa and the Water Pony

rosaTitle: Rosa and the Water Pony
Author: Katy Kit
Series: Mermaid Mysteries
Recommended for: 1st-3rd grade
Pages: 91
Call Number/Link:  J KIT

Synopsis:  Mermaid Bay’s annual carnival is here, and the best performance at the parade will win a pretty pearl necklace! For the mermaids’ act, Rosa plans to perform amazing tricks on the back of a magical water pony. But the pony is stolen! Is someone trying to ruin the friends’ chance of winning?

The beauty of this book is not in its writing.  It is not a feat of literary genius nor is the plot riveting for adults.  However, this book pushes all the right buttons for kids who are just starting chapter books.  It is long enough to be a chapter book without being overwhelming.  There are lots of line drawings to break up the text.  The cast of mermaids is multicultural, and the plot is easy to follow.

I wanted to add this book to the blog so that I could remember the title, as I recommend it frequently to parents and children.  This is the first short chapter book that Bethany was willing to read independently–VERY high interest.  David asked if the book was written by a 6 year old girl, because it has mermaids!  princesses! horses! jewels! adventures!  Don’t ask me why they have a pony underwater–just come along for the ride.  I recommend this for kids who are just starting chapter books and anyone looking for mermaid stories.  The only downside–no glitter on the cover.  They missed a big marketing ploy there!  🙂

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2015 in Juv, Mysteries, Readers

 

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