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I am on spring break this week, and I am hoping to mark off several of my books on my Must Read in 2014 list. I have two stacks of books: one at home and another one of new books I left at school. I hope to make a dent while I am enjoying my time off!
Bigger than a Bread Box by Laurel Snyder
I read this book after I read Seven Stories Up by the same author. Although they are referred to as companion books, they do not need to be read in any order.
Rebecca is a twelve year who is trying to deal with her parents separation. After an unexpected move to her grandmothers house, she finds a bread box in the attic. Much to her surprise and delight, she finds that the bread box will grant her certain wishes. For a child who is in a place where she doesn't want to be, granted wishes seem to make it a little bit easier. But is it? Rebecca must find out who she really is and where she wants to be.
Odette's Secrets by Maryann Macdonald
I love stories about WWII, especially when they are based on real people! There are several things that make this book stand out for me. One is that the story is told in verse. Because it is told in verse, it is told from a gentler perspective. It is a story about a girl living in Paris who has to deny her Jewish heritage and learn to be a Christian in order to survive. She lives a life of secrets. Secrets which would be very difficult for a child, but makes a beautiful story.
"Yes, telling my story is what I must do.
I'll write it down here
In the most beautiful words I can find."
Clara and Davie by Patricia Polacco
This book is classic Polacco! Who knew she was related to Clara Barton! This new book tells the story of Clara's early life and how she overcame speech difficulties. Her bother became her protector, her hero while she became a healer. Wonderful story!
Come back this week and read my review on this new
middle-grade novel by Holly Schindler.
I think you're gonna like it!