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Max

 

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Title: Max

Author: Sarah Cohen-Scali

Series: N/A

Recommended for: High School

Pages: 421

 

Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION COHEN-SCALI, S.



SynopsisSet in Nazi Germany. 1936.

In the Lebensborn program, carefully selected German women are recruited by the Nazis to give birth to new members of the Aryan race. Inside one of these women is Max, literally counting the minutes until he is born and he can fulfill his destiny as the perfect Aryan specimen.

Max is taken away from his birth mother soon after he enters the world. Raised under the ideology and direction of the Nazi Party, he grows up without any family, without any affection or tenderness, and he soon becomes the mascot of the program. That is until he meets Lukas, a young Jewish boy whom he knows he is meant to despise. Instead, the friendship that blossoms changes Max’s world forever.

My Thoughts: This was a very intriguing book because it was historically based on a far out Nazi program that actually existed during the Third Reich.  So for historical fiction buffs that would be a great read, as long as you don’t the cover, it is a little intimating. I enjoyed the story and the struggle that Max had with his friend he considered a brother.  The ending was shocking but not surprising.

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The Boy on Cinnamon Street

 

Title: The Boy on Cinnamon Street

Author: Phoebe Stone

Series: N/A

Recommended for: Grades 3-7

Pages: 234

 

Call Number/Link:  TEEN FICTION STONE,P.



Synopsis: 7th grader Louise should be the captain of her school’s gymnastics team – but she isn’t. She’s fun and cute and should have lots of friends – but she doesn’t. And there’s a dreamy boy who has a crush on her – but somehow they never connect. Louise has everything going for her – so what is it that’s holding her back?

Phoebe Stone tells the winning story of the spring when 7th grader Louise Terrace wakes up, finds the courage to confront the painful family secret she’s hiding from – and finally get the boy.

My Thoughts: I thought this was such a fabulous book because it was cute, touching, and relatable. I would definately label this realistic fiction because that could happen to and has happened to many people.  So sad because you do not expect what the family is trying to keep from Louise until she can come to terms with her past by herself.  I think this book would work well for upper elementary school and middle school readers because of the immaturity of the characters.

 

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Ms. Rapscott’s Girls

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Title:   Ms. Rapscott’s Girls
Author:   Elise Primavera
Series:   —
Recommended for:  students in grades 3-5
Pages:   262 p.
Call Number/Link:   J FICTION PRIMAVERA, E.

Rating:  ***

 

 

 

Synopsis:

“At Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents, Ms. Rapscott teaches her students How to Get Lost on Purpose, resulting in a series of fantastical adventures that makes each learn a little something about courage, strength, bravery, and teamwork”– Provided by publisher.

Comments:

One day, ordinary girls of extraordinarily busy (or neglectful, to be more frank) found themselves arriving at Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents via large cardboard boxes floating in the air.  This was their first sign that this was not an ordinary school.  Instead of using textbooks to learn academic subjects, they went on adventures to try to find the classmate whose box got lost on the way to the school.  Since the girls had been ignored most of their childhood, they needed to learn about basic things like wishbones, birthday cakes, thank you notes and the difference between tall kitchen bags and heavy duty trash bags.  My favorite part of the experience would have been getting to eat birthday cake regularly.

It’s a pleasant enough book, but it didn’t grab me.  I was able to put the book down after one chapter then not read it again for a week or two, when I read another chapter.  I had to force myself to finish it.  I gave it three stars instead of two, because I felt like I should have enjoyed it more.

I think girls would be more interested in this book than boys, since the teacher and students are all girls (except for the teacher’s two corgies).  There are some boys near the end of the book, but I think boys would have given up reading the book by then.

 

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2016 in Adventure, Fantasy, Juv

 

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Fish in a Tree

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Title: Fish in a Tree

Author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Series: N/A

Recommended for: Grades 5th and up

Pages: 276

Call Number/Link:  J FICTION HUNT, L.

 

 

Synopsis:   “Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

My Recommendation: This was a very colorful book and definitely engaging. This is a great book to show how students are bullied everyday due to their learning differences.  Excellent read aloud for children this age to learn how difficult it is to deal with being different and how not to treat others. This highlights dyslexia in particular and other differences. I would recommend to children who like to read about other people’s challenges or for teachers as a read a loud in elementary and middle school.

Previous Novel: One for the Murpheys

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2015 in Juv, Realistic, Uncategorized

 

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