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Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
Gustave is an eleven year old Jewish boy who lives with his family in Paris, France in 1940. He and his two best friends are inseparable as they attend school and are Boy Scouts together. That is, until news about the Germans persuades his family to leave Paris for a 'safe' place in the countryside until they can obtain visas to sail to America. German soldiers in uniform and planes bombing the highway are just a few of the unhappy events. However, Gustav finds a way to distract the German soldiers so that his father can help with the Resistance in France. It is a good first book about the Holocaust.
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee 2012
Awards won: Sydney Taylor Honor Award
Date read: 4/23/2012
, grade 55
It was interesting to learn some of the creative ways the French Ressistance was able to stop the Nazis from capturing some of the escaping Jews from France.
Black Storm Comin'
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
In pre-Civil War America, Colton Westcott's life is nothing but trouble. He's on a wagon train to California when his Pa accidentally shoots him and then rides away. His baby brother dies, and his mother is sick. Twelve-year-old Colton and his two younger sisters try to keep their wagon rolling when a wheel breaks. Because his mother is black and his father is white, the other people on the wagon train won't help them. They finally get to a town with a doctor where Colton sees a help-wanted sign for the Pony Express. Maybe he could ride for the Pony Express, earn some money, and deliver freedom papers to Ma's sister, a runaway slave, in Sacramento. Follow Colton on the ride of his life, with dangerous mountains, storms, and people who might recognize that he's half-black.
Date read: 4/28/2009
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Juliana's parents have separated and her mom has decided to move to an artists' colony with Juliana and her younger siblings. Just as they are all beginning to settle into their new home, Juliana's mom's college girlfriend, Liza, is discovered dead. Juliana is determined to find out who killed Liza before the killer strikes again. This determination causes her to be suspicious of everything and everyone. As Juliana becomes deeper and deeper into the murder mystery, buried memories from her childhood begin to surface. This book keeps you guessing who the murderer is till the very end.
Date read: 10/10/2011
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Billy is excited about his birthday until a blizzard prevents his cousins from visiting. Even worse, the blizzard isn't bad enough to cancel school, so Billy and Mae, his sister, have to trudge through the snow to their one-room schoolhouse. As the blizzard threatens to trap the children and teacher at school, they decide to stay at the closest home for the night: Billy's house. Through an unexpected turn of events, Billy has visitors for his birthday after all!
Date read: 6/1/2009
Audience: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
When a sudden, raging blizzard strikes Minnesota in 1940, the Huff family is in grave danger. Little do they know that their paths are about to cross with Warren and Betsy, sixth-graders from the modern day who are using a new invention, the Instant Commuter, to travel back in time to research the storm. Warren and Betsy underestimate the storm, though, and their machine freezes. Surrounded by snow and fighting for their own lives, they find the young Huff girl lost in the blizzard. Can Warren, Betsy, and the Huff family make it through the storm alive?
Date read: 1/7/2010
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