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Bomb: The race to build and steal the world’s most dangerous weapon

Title: Bomb: The race to build and steal the world’s most dangerous weapon
Author: Steve Sheinkin
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 5th Grade and up
Pages: 266 pages
Call Number/Link:  J 623.4 SHE

Synopsis: In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world’s most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

My thoughts: This is a very interesting book.  I listened to the audio book, so I had a little bit of trouble remember who some of the people were.  I think that if I had read the book that the names would have stuck with me better. It was interesting to hear the whole process and to see some insight to the scientists who worked on the project.  I didn’t realizes that some scientists in Chicago did some initial work on the project.  I am really surprised that they were able to keep everything so secretive with all the spies trying to get information.  I think a anyone interested in World War II will be interested in this book.  It has really good information in an easy format to follow.

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Posted by on March 20, 2017 in Historical, Juv

 

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Lost in the Pacific, 1942: not a drop to drink

lost-in-the-pacificTitle: Lost in the Pacific, 1942: not a drop to drink
Author: Tod Olson
Series: Lost
Recommended for: 6th- 9th Grade
Pages: 168 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION OLSON, T.

Synopsis: World War II, October 21, 1942. A B-Seventeen bomber drones high over the Pacific Ocean, sending a desperate SOS into the air. The crew is carrying America’s greatest living war hero on a secret mission deep into the battle zone. But the plane is lost, burning through its final gallons of fuel. At 1:30 p.m., there is only one choice left: an emergency landing at sea. If the crew survives the impact, they will be left stranded without food or water hundreds of miles from civilization.

This is an interesting event that happened during World War II.  I found it interesting that you would hear what was going on while they were lost at sea.  It was also fun to hear the different views from the different crew members.  It was a little slow in some areas, but I did find it fascinating.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2017 in Historical, Juv, Non-Fiction

 

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Paris for Two

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Title:    Paris for Two
Author:   Phoebe Stone
Series:  —
Recommended for:  tween girls
Pages:   257 p.
Call Number/Link:   J Fiction Stone, P.

Rating:  ***

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Petunia is used to living in the shadow of her fourteen-year-old half-sister, Ava, their mother’s favorite.  Now that the whole family has moved to Paris for a year, Pet finds herself stepping into the light, making new friends, uncovering secrets, and, inspired by the classic French dolls she has found, revealing an unexpected talent for designing dresses–and her beautiful sister does not take it well.

Comments:

I was curious when I saw a book titled Paris for Two in the juvenile fiction collection.  Between the title and the cover, my first guess was that it would be a romance.  For kids who read juvenile fiction?  Yikes!

Happily, I was wrong.  The book was about Petunia’s experiences in Paris.- dealing with her family, making new friends and time spent designing/sewing dresses.  It is an understatement to say that Petunia and her sister weren’t close at the beginning of the book.  I was so bothered by the way the mother and older sister treated Petunia that I almost abandoned the book within the first 50 pages.

But it was set in Paris so I continued to read.

While I primarily consider the book realistic fiction, it also has bits of historical fiction, some parallels with the Cinderella story and snippets of innocent romance.  It seems to me to have a fairly narrow intended audience:  tween girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2016 in Juv, Realistic

 

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Dust of Eden

Dust of edenTitle:Dust of Eden
Author: Mariko Nagai
Series: N/A
Recommended for: 4th – 8th Grade
Pages: 121 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION NAGAI, M.

Synopsis:”Thirteen-year-old Mina Tagawa and her Japanese-American family are forced to evacuate their Seattle home and are relocated to an internment camp in Idaho, where they live for three years”– Provided by publisher.

I am an avid fantasy reader, but this book caught my attention while I was fixing shelves. I highly recommend this book as it takes a look at a subject that is not really talked about. It is told in verse so it is a short read, but does a great job of showing Mina’s feelings.  After reading about this family’s  experience I want to do some research and actually read some nonfiction books to learn more.  I feel that if a class is learning about World War II, that this is a good book that can be brought in as a different look World War II.  Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata, A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice and Dash by Kirby Larson are other fiction books that cover Japanese-American Internment camps.

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2016 in Historical, Juv

 

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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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Echo

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Title:   Echo
Author:   Pam Munoz Ryan
Series:   not applicable
Recommended for:   Grades 6 and up
Pages:   585 pages
Call Number/Link:   TEEN FICTION RYAN, P.

Rating:   ****

 

 

Synopsis:

Lost in the Black Forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and finds himself entwined in a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica–and decades later three children, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California find themselves caught up in the same thread of destiny in the darkest days of the twentieth century, struggling to keep their families intact, and tied together by the music of the same harmonica.

Comments:

I’d heard a lot of positive buzz about Echo so decided to read it. The book was well-written and I appreciated that the children in the book were able to survive very difficult, seemingly hopeless situations thanks to music.  (They were also helped by a magical harmonica).  I’m a fan of books with intertwining stories which come together at the end of the book.  There were moments when I couldn’t believe that the author would be able to pull off a logical ending that tied everything together, but she did.  The downside of the book was that I cried when the sadness of the children’s situations overwhelmed me.

Echo would be a great choice for readers who like tearjerkers, historical fiction (particularly World War II), music, and books with entwined stories.

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Historical, Teen

 

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