Grace is Dan and Amy's grandmother. They are all part of the Cahill family- one of the most influential families in U.S. history. When Grace passes aw...moreGrace is Dan and Amy's grandmother. They are all part of the Cahill family- one of the most influential families in U.S. history. When Grace passes away, certain members of her family, including Dan and Amy, are given the choice of taking $1 million or partaking on a quest to retrieve 39 clues to a great Cahill secret that will make the winners the most powerful (and rich) people! Dan and Amy feel that the quest is what Grace would have wanted them to do, so that is what they choose- along with 4 other teams, all of whom seem to be stronger, richer or older than Dan and Amy. However, all the other teams seem to think Dan and Amy is their main competition, so the sabotages start almost instantly with a fire. Will Dan and Amy, poor orphans, be able to figure out the clues and win the quest? The Maze of Bones is just the first book of this series which will answer that question. (less)
How dreary it would be to live in the city of Ember; mostly during Lina's time. I cannot even imagine something like light being sacred, but when you...moreHow dreary it would be to live in the city of Ember; mostly during Lina's time. I cannot even imagine something like light being sacred, but when you live in a city with no natural light, it is.
City of Ember had many themes and messages behind it, almost too many, but I loved that it was two children that decide to save the day. It was quite easy to fall in love with the characters and the book, thus making it a quick, entertaining read. Jeanne DuPrau really puts you in the midst of things and makes it so when the lights go out, I felt the same feelings as the characters. I even caught myself holding my breath once waiting for them to come on. I am looking forward to continuing the series, so I can see what happens next.
I also had the pleasure of listening to the audiobook and found it to be hypnotizing. Although it was not a complete production, sporadically, at important intervals, there would be sound effects which added a whole other layer to the story because it helped you hear what the characters were hearing.
Esperanza has a blessed life. Her father is a land owner in Mexico, with thousand of acres, servants, and money. But this is not a peaceful time in Me...moreEsperanza has a blessed life. Her father is a land owner in Mexico, with thousand of acres, servants, and money. But this is not a peaceful time in Mexico and bandits took Esperanza's father's life the day before her birthday. Because of corruption and technicalities, Esperanza and her mother decided to flee Mexico for California. Life in California is very different. No longer does Esperanza have everything at her beck and call, she must work.
Esperanza has always had everything given to her- will she be able to change and learn to live without the wealth? (less)
*Death narrates this beautiful tale of Liesel, a young girl, who has lost everything, but finds a home in a small community on Himmel Street with her...more*Death narrates this beautiful tale of Liesel, a young girl, who has lost everything, but finds a home in a small community on Himmel Street with her foster parents outside of Munich, Germany during WWII. Death is fascinated with Leisel because she brushes Death three times in her life and he is interested in her life. The Book Thief is the story of Leisel's three brushes with death.
Liesel begins her "career" after her brother dies and she steals The Gravedigger's Handbook from by his grave. His death, on the way to being taken to live with foster parents because her parents are in trouble with the Nazi party because they are communists, is something that haunts Leisel forever. Soon after, Leisel gets dropped off at Hans and Rosa Hubermann's home and never sees her mother again. However, the Humbermanns are the beginning of a large number of people that make a huge, loving difference in Leisel's life; as well as a number of books that make an impact in her life.
Just a warning: This book made me sob. It did make me smile, laugh, and think as well, but there was definitely sobbing as well.