Saturday, November 20, 2010

Two Must Reads

Stolen Child - Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Publisher:  Scholastic Canada          Pages 161
Source:  Review Copy from publisher    
Genre:  Middle Grade Historical Fiction

Imagine coming to a new country with someone who tells you to claim she is your mother.  After all she did save your life.  Imagine you don't really know who you are.  Nadia is in Canada with Marusia and Ivan pretending to be their daughter.  Her nightmares lead her to believe she is a Nazi.  How does she find out the truth?  This was a wonderful book.  I'd not heard of the Lebensborn children so now I can look for more information on this subject.  This is a book I will definitely recommend to my students.  I think it should be on our 8th grade reading list.

Island Sting - Bonnie J. Doerr
Publisher:  Leap Books         Pages:  280
Source:  Received review copy from publisher       Genre:  Middle Grade Realistic Fiction

Kenzie has only been in the Keys a few hours when she finds herself in a canal rescuing what turns out to be a deer.  Her rescuer turns out to be the good looking Angelo.  She learns that someone is killing the key deer, an endangered species that live in the Florida Keys.  She and her new friends set out to clean up the environment and secretly try to find the poacher responsible for the butchered deer.  This book reminded me of Carl Hiaasen's "Hoot"  and "Flush".  I was please to read the first chapter of the next book at the end of this one.  This is a book to be placed on my shelf.  Since we just finished reading Flush as a class I am sure this one will be quickly picked up.

(The opinions expressed here are mine and not those of the other panalists)

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