A Night Divided

This is historical fiction at it’s best. Good historical fiction makes you feel like you are experiencing that point in time like no textbook account ever could. I remember when the wall was taken down but never gave much thought to how it was built. It seems very appropriate right now for children to learn…

The War that Saved My Life

Best book ever. Ok, well you probably want to know more, and I know my current favorite is always the best book ever until the next best book ever. I read another review that calls this Anne of Green Gables minus the whimsy. That’s it exactly except it’s set during WW2 and our heroine has…

The Not-Quite States of America

I’m not too proud to say that I’ve never entirely understood territories. Puerto Rico, for instance, it’s the US, but only kind of? Why aren’t these places states? Doug Mack also wondered about that and took some research trips/paid vacations? To these territories as an average American to figure it out for us. This isn’t…

Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter, Nellie Bly

Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter, Nellie Bly Written By: Deborah Noyes Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (February 23, 2016) MG Nonfiction Borrowed from the Chicago Public Library as a Cybils nominee Nellie Bly could have invented the term “girl power,” and she owned a monkey….

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story Written By: Caren Stelson Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (October 1, 2016) I borrowed this book to read as a Cybils Awards nominee. I ended up buying it and it won in 2016. Words that come to mind after closing this book: harrowing, distressing, torturous, traumatic, heartbreaking. “What happened to me must…

Orphan Island

This story is so full of the best kind of imagery. It takes hold of you on page one and doesn’t let go until the end. It’s the kind of book that I had to let stay in my mind for awhile before starting a new book. On an island, in the middle of the ocean,…

In the Shadow of Liberty

In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives Written By: Kenneth C Davis Published By: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 20, 2016) YA Nonfiction Cybils Nominee- Borrowed from the Chicago Library Well, I’m buying this one too. The narrative to this nonfiction or historical fiction is…