This is another book that I remember well from reading when I was younger...
Did you know that during World War II, many children were sent overseas b...moreThis is another book that I remember well from reading when I was younger...
Did you know that during World War II, many children were sent overseas by their parents, to be away from the perils and emotional stress of war?
The Sky Is Falling tells the story of two such children - ten year old Norah and five year old Gavin, who feel as though they only have each other when they are sent across the ocean to live with Ogilvies, a host family who are willing to take them on.
The last thing that Norah wants to do is go across the world to stay with strangers, and it's not easy to fit into a new country, or with a new family far away from home. I still remember how vividly I empathised with Norah, struggling to fit in at school and terribly ashamed when she finds herself wetting the bed again on top of already feeling unwanted at her new home.
With the war so far removed from our times, I think this book is an important one to read and consider for readers of all ages for the story it tells, taking us back to the chaos of war-time and how it affected people of all ages. (less)
Okay, so with some books you kind of end up wondering if you should bother with a review because they're so well-known and loved... But Anne holds a s...moreOkay, so with some books you kind of end up wondering if you should bother with a review because they're so well-known and loved... But Anne holds a special place in my heart, so I have to write a review, as I just realised earlier tonight that I had neglected this series!
LMM is very good at writing sweet, charming books that are full of imagination, small town gossip and interesting friendships and romances. I've read almost all of her books and I love almost all of them, though I will say that some are repetitive.
Anne, though... Anne is a class all on her own (along with the Story Girl) and when I was a young girl she was everything to me.
See, I grew up with my grandparents. I had long hair that was always in braids, and I was a bit awkward and loved reading. I lived in a small town.
So from the moment that I read Anne of Green Gables it cemented a place in my heart. It's dreamy and heartwarming, the story of a hardworking, odd little orphan who has always dreamed about a place to call her own. It's a story of the two older siblings who take her in completely by accident and then have their lives changed because of her, and learn to love her and each other a little more.
It's also about the friends Anne makes along the way, and all the scrapes she gets into - and there are many, trust me! For me, having grown up in a small town, it just rings so true - the gossip, the pettiness, the stories. LMM has it all honed to a fine art and I love it.
It's also truly imaginative, and I love that it gets across a love of the imaginary and of reading - I think there's something very important about having books that tell the stories of kids and teenagers and adults who all love reading, who imagine, who love stories. Reading still tends to come along with the 'nerd' label and I think loveable heroes and heroines help to make kids like me feel a bit more at ease.
Plus, Anne's hardly perfect - she's stubborn, she's headstrong, she's not made out to be pretty - but she's smart, she's loyal, she's hardworking. She's a well balanced character and someone I think a lot of people can empathise with or see bits of themselves in her.
I think all of the books are worth reading, but at the very least this one should be checked out. It's lovely, and one of my all-time favourites. (less)
Many people are unaware of the prejudice and tribulations that Chinese immigrants faced when they came to Canada.
This book is beautiful, with gorgeou...moreMany people are unaware of the prejudice and tribulations that Chinese immigrants faced when they came to Canada.
This book is beautiful, with gorgeous illustrations - I still (hopefully) have a copy of it somewhere at home, given to me as a gift when I was younger. The book was my first introduction to the lives of the Chinese in Canada, and the place they forged here. Pictures and story meld together in a fascinating combination, and I reread this book several times. There's everything from ghosts to romance, and it's a good way to supplement education on the segregation and racism that Chinese immigrants dealt with. (less)
By turns hilarious and endearing... I loved this book to pieces as a teenager and I like to hope that if I reread it now I would still love it.
It's i...moreBy turns hilarious and endearing... I loved this book to pieces as a teenager and I like to hope that if I reread it now I would still love it.
It's in that line of quintessential 'Breakfast Club' fare, I'd say - the story of a group of outsiders who come together, strange but vulnerable and loveable. It's a story of kids who bicker but come together anyway, and manage to make some people in their school look at them differently, too. It's sure to bring a smile to kids' faces, imo, and it's the sort of story that's good for all kids to learn from. (less)