I have often said that I could see sitting in prison, being able to just relax and read books for a while. This book has changed my mind about that. SoI have often said that I could see sitting in prison, being able to just relax and read books for a while. This book has changed my mind about that. Some of these stories have you feeling sorry for the individual, some have you hating the individual, but all are extremely well-written and there are a few that surprised me a lot. You have images of men and women in prison who are probably not well educated or well written. Untrue according to these stories. This book is filled with draw-you-in stories and some even leave you wanting to know the outcome for these prisoners. This was very well done and edited perfectly by the great Joyce Carol Oates....more
Far Stream, the elephant, is born to her mother in the wild. She has a sister, Red Moon. Men come and take the herd. Far Stream is separated from herFar Stream, the elephant, is born to her mother in the wild. She has a sister, Red Moon. Men come and take the herd. Far Stream is separated from her family and shipped to the United States. She then becomes part of a circus and learns to dance and become part of pyramids and such. The novel tells us of Far Stream's journey. You feel her joy, her pain, her sorrow at given points. Being told from Far Stream's perspective, this is written well. I would definitely recommend this book, as we all need to be reminded that humans aren't the only living creatures that have feelings and matter....more
Don't want to give too much away with this review, but what a well-written book. You can feel the emotions of the people involved and wish you could dDon't want to give too much away with this review, but what a well-written book. You can feel the emotions of the people involved and wish you could do more to help them feel better. ...more
Molly is a young girl who is living with her current foster parents. She was placed into the foster care system after the death of her father and herMolly is a young girl who is living with her current foster parents. She was placed into the foster care system after the death of her father and her mother becoming unable to care for her. She dresses in "Goth" to make herself unapproachable, distant. Easier for her not to get close to anyone.
She currently lives with Richard & Dina, although Dina doesn't have much tolerance for her. Molly gets the distinct impression that the fee for housing and taking care of her is the only benefit Dina gleans from having Molly in their home.
Molly has a boyfriend, Jack, who really likes her and has gotten behind all the ways Molly has of shutting herself off from people. Unfortunately, Molly has stolen a book from the public library, one she has always wanted to own, "Anne of Green Gables".
She has the opportunity to do her time with helping a 90-year old woman, Vivian, clean up the attic of her mansion instead of going to juvenile detention. Jack's mom, Terry, has helped to set this up for her, even though Terry is not really that fond of the relationship between her son and Molly.
As Molly is helping Vivian clean boxes in the attic, we learn Vivian's story of the Orphan Train and her experiences in her youth.
This is a very good novel that brings you into a lonely world, a scary world, of children that were orphaned and placed into homes that weren't always the best places to be.
This book will make you appreciate your family and remind you that, while relatives may be whatever they are, at least they are a connection to you and your life. The children on the Orphan Train never had that luxury. ...more
Devin Jones has taken a summer job at Joyland Amusement Park for the summer before entering college. He is hoping to forget Wendy, the girl who has brDevin Jones has taken a summer job at Joyland Amusement Park for the summer before entering college. He is hoping to forget Wendy, the girl who has broken up with him. Devin's father is sad to see him leave for the summer, being alone, but understands the need to find something to take Devin's mind off the girl. Devin is going to attend college in the fall, and this might be the best way to get over things. Devin becomes very acclimated to Joyland and the "carny" way of life. He meets friends who also work there and are going to be attending college in the fall. We meet many characters during this time: the fortune teller, the ride masters, etc. Devin becomes aware of a murder that took place in the Horror House many years ago and becomes intrigued by the fact that no one ever caught the perpetrator. A couple of his friends have also become interested, although their time is certainly not taken up with that. It is simply intriguing to them. Every morning and evening as Devin is walking to work on the beach from the room that he rents, he walks by a young boy and his mother in a large green Victorian mansion that is right on the beach. He becomes friendly with the boy, Mike, and his dog, Milo. The mother is a little discerning in her behavior towards Devin. Mike is in a wheelchair and it is obvious that Annie, the mother, is aloof to strangers. The story is not one that I would have thought of as a Stephen King novel, being a huge fan. This is really well written and involves you from the get-go. This just proves to me that this man can write anything. ...more
Kevin Parsons is an extremely intelligent seminary student in California. He considers his dean, John Francis, one of his best friends and most valuedKevin Parsons is an extremely intelligent seminary student in California. He considers his dean, John Francis, one of his best friends and most valued advisor. Kevin is leaving the seminary to go home when his cell phone rings and as he answers, is greeted by a raspy-voiced individual who has a riddle for Kevin that he must solve. He must also confess his sin within 3 minutes or the car will blow up. Kevin has no idea what he caller could be seeking with the confession and can not solve the riddle. He pulls his car into an almost deserted Wal-Mart and the car then blows up. This makes Kevin and his story the headlines of the day. The FBI is drawn in with Jennifer being the main figure. Jennifer has just lost her brother, Roy, to a man called the "Riddle Killer" and she is convinced that these are the same individual. We then start to learn about Kevin's childhood and living with his aunt Balinda, her husband Eugene and his cousin, Bob, who is retarded. Things were not normal for Kevin, but he has stepped away and started living his life on his own. As this story progresses and you are drawn into the minds of these characters, it becomes so compelling. There are major secrets about Kevin's childhood including his friendship with a girl named Sam and incidents with a boy that tried to interfere with their friendship. Ted Dekker definitely put twists and turns into the story and will have you guessing right until the very end of the book. I would definitely consider him a new must-read author for me.
Thought this was so touching because it was written from a child's viewpoint. Remember being that naive and not understanding the negative things thatThought this was so touching because it was written from a child's viewpoint. Remember being that naive and not understanding the negative things that may have been happening in the world at the time. Thought John Boyne did a great job of writing this and they method that he used gives you the sense that what a great way of using this novel for discussion with children that may not understand all that was happening at that point in history. The fact that the proper words were not used, just implied, certainly leads to discussion, just to find out what the words really were. Will definitely remember this book when my granddaughter gets a little older and discuss it with her. We must never forget the horrors and profound ugliness that occurred. ...more
How intense! This is so well written, you are gripped from the first page to the last. Done from Alice's point of view and you are feeling her pain, hHow intense! This is so well written, you are gripped from the first page to the last. Done from Alice's point of view and you are feeling her pain, her uncertainty, her heartache as is it were your own....more