Well, here it is almost September. Another Summer flew by and this Summer my intended reading list basically was ignored. Busy weekends at family reunions, gardening, helping folks move, etc. ... You know how it goes. I hope you all got more accomplished than I did.
I did however, have time for three quick-to-read kids books. A couple of my favorite children's authors, DeCamillo and Sachar, had recent books come out that I had to try and then the book "Rain Reign" came across my desk and I just had to take it home.
Flora and Ulysses by Kate DeCamillo
This is a silly story about a little girl and a squirrel. The squirrel, Ulysses, gets sucked up by the neighbor lady's new vacuum cleaner which results in the squirrel gaining super powers. Flora comes to his rescue and they become friends helping each other out.
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
This was a very good story about a boy and a girl trying to "fit in" at a private school. They happen upon some toxic mud in the woods surrounding the school when they are attempting to avoid a bully. The bully follows them into the woods but then goes missing. They were the last ones to see him. Despite their dislike of him they do the right thing and learn that some people are not as bad as they appear to be.
Rain Reign by Ann Martin
A wonderfully emotional story of a young girl Rose who has autism and her patient loving uncle who comes to her rescue. The quirks of Rose's disability do not deter her when the stray dog her father brings home for her gets lost in a storm and she devises a plan to find it. I recommend this book!
Thursday, August 6, 2015
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Thursday, July 30, 2015
I originally had misgivings about reading this book but was pleasantly surprised.
The central character is definitely the spitfire Scout we came to know in "To Kill a Mockingbird". Here 26 year old Jean Louise goes back home to visit her now much older arthritic father Atticus.
Her perceptions of who people are in her home town and family are maybe different from what she remembers as a child and leaves her wondering where she was all those years. Learning to accept people with all their faults but holding on to her own identity becomes the struggle.
A couple of characters that I got a better picture of in this book are her Aunt Alexandra and her Uncle Jack Finch.
I recommend this book!
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
This story is a debut novel by Panowich that takes place in the Appalachians of Georgia. The Bourroughs family has owned Bull Mountain for generations making a living by bootlegging whiskey. Now instead of working stills they grow marijuana and make Meth. An FBI agent is on to them and intends to bring the whole family down. He enlists the help of the local sheriff who is also a Bourrouhgs. Panowich throws a twist into the story 2/3rd s of the way through that you don't see coming.
I liked this book. An easy read.
Friday, July 17, 2015
A quick to read novel that spans 3 generations and their trials and tragedy's of living in rural northern Minnesota. All loving the outdoors and living off the land. Best friends and neighbors who are integral in survival of both mind and body living across the river from each other struggle with the secrets of the past and the longing for a mother's love. Excellent!
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Hannah's historical novel is about two sisters who follow very different paths during the occupation of France. Vianne, the older one is married, has a daughter and lives outside a small town. Her husband has gone off to fight and Vianne finds herself in the position of having her house requisitioned by German officers. Her best friend and neighbor is Jewish. The younger sister, Isabelle who has either left or gotten kicked out of every school she was sent, uses her youthful recklessness to join the French resistance and becomes the "Nightingale". It is a story of love, heartbreak, family and unbreakable spirit.