January 1, 2010 Recommendations

January 1, 2010 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment

Found by Haddix

A great time travel – Science Fiction – Suspense story.  A plane filled with 36 babies lands at an airport and no one noticed it coming or leaving for that fact. No adults on board. 13 years later the babies from the plane (all were adopted out and everything was hushed) are being gathered together. The masterminds from the future are bringing them back…several of the main characters have figured some of this out and do not want to go back to their previous lives…(15th century) but they are sent back anyway. Then the story ends…what a cliffhanger. You have to read the next book in the series to find out what happens. I hate series books that have cliff hangers since you have to wait for the sequels!  I recommend this series!

Trap by John Smelcer

What an intense read! I had to stop and check the ending because I just couldn’t take the suspense. The setting is in Alaska and an elderly man is checking his traps and accidently steps into one of his traps and is caught and unable to escape. He is left stranded. His grandson is in the alternating chapters and begins to worry about his grandfather. Eventually his grandmother asks him to find him. The book is beautifully written and a real gem. I would have classified it as a high school and adult read and I am not sure about middle school readers. It reminded me of To Build a Fire by Jack London.

Saturday Night Dirt by Will Weaver

Will Weaver grew up in the area of Minnesota where I am from and so it was fun to read this book and relate so easily to the area he writes about. The setting is near Bemidji at a racetrack on a Saturday in the summer. All the area racetracks are rained out but it seems as if the Headwaters Racetrack will be able have races. The story brings in many characters and how they fit into a short time period of preparing and racing in just hours. The book has both female and male characters and is perfect for middle school. It is also appropriate for upper elementary–the language is clean. I do not know anything about racing and even though I didn’t understand all of the car lingo…the story kept me fascinated. Since we didn’t get to know the characters deeply, afterall it was a short time frame and pretty short book, I still connected with them. It reminded me of reading a series of related short stories. Thumbs up for this book.

Someone Named Eva by Joan Wolf

This is an amazing story.  Joan Wolf researched this part of the Holocaust history in the  Czech Republic.  A small town in Czechoslovakia was invaded by the Nazi’s and most of the people were killed or sent to concentration camps. Some of the young girls who look Aryan (Scandinavian with blonde hair) were sent to a school to be recreated into a perfect German girl.  The little girl in this story becomes Eva and is eventually adopted by a family in which the father runs one of the concentration camps.  Eva finds she can hardly remember who old life, her name, or even her language. She is eventually rescued and the end of the war and reunited with her only living family member – her mother. The author leaves us with some good notes about the historical significance of this story. I think it is a very good addition to Holocaust fiction for children.  I would recommend this for 5th grade and up.

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