Cute story about a young girl who has lived in an orphanage her entire life, and is now given a chance to be adopted. A chance at not ONE home but twoCute story about a young girl who has lived in an orphanage her entire life, and is now given a chance to be adopted. A chance at not ONE home but two. Jane, who is as practical as her name (why do we always think that Janes are practical? But it does seem to be a fairly common belief.) One family is on a farm, and has raised one family already and wish to have another family--or at least another daughter. The other potential adopter is a wealthy single woman. At the end of the summer, both families want to adopt Jane, and it is up to her to make the final decision. Which will she choose?...more
First book in the series. Set in an out of the way part of Australia (or possibly New Zealand, I don't think that the author actually says in this booFirst book in the series. Set in an out of the way part of Australia (or possibly New Zealand, I don't think that the author actually says in this book.)
Seven late teens (17 and 18 year olds) head out on a camping trip during Christmas vacation and, when they come back, discover that the world as they knew it had ended. Their families and friends had been rounded up by an invading force (the leader of which is referred to in a radio broadcast that they pick up called, "the General") that are unidentified by the end of the book. It is simply said that they are from a "poor country" where there isn't enough land and wealth and is close by.
I liked the story, as told so far, but, frankly, it left things in a bit of a cliff hanger
While it reminds me strongly of the movie "Red Dawn" this is, I think somewhat more "true to life" than the movie, but that could be because so much had to be left out of the movie.
I will definitely read the next book, just to see what happens next. ...more
Interesting premise for this series. I enjoyed the interplay between the characters.
As a "first in a series" it's fairly good, but it does do some reInteresting premise for this series. I enjoyed the interplay between the characters.
As a "first in a series" it's fairly good, but it does do some repetition, as most first in a series books do, since they are pounding you over the head with the rules for the new world. And this is definitely a new world. Still, I got that only certain girls could do what our heroine did. You didn't have to keep repeating it.
I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, and am hoping that the promise shown in this book continues....more
Excellent adventure showing the mind set and lifestyle of teens in the early 1960's. Good adventure, a tight mystery, and plenty of thrills for the 13Excellent adventure showing the mind set and lifestyle of teens in the early 1960's. Good adventure, a tight mystery, and plenty of thrills for the 13 to 15 year old....more
Mike's family dies suddenly, killed by a drunk driver--who also died. Only Mike is left alive, and he's lost both legs because of the damage to them.
WMike's family dies suddenly, killed by a drunk driver--who also died. Only Mike is left alive, and he's lost both legs because of the damage to them.
While the author doesn't specifically say so, Mike is seriously depressed, and hitting out at everyone around him. He goes to live with his only relative, his mother's sister, Norma. He still has one loyal friend, Robby, and they are the only 2 he allows near himself. Even doctors, therapists and the visiting teacher are shut out.
Finally, he goes back to school for his senior year, where he will be allowed to graduate with his class, IF he can make up some of the school work he missed.
As part of this, he takes on the job of writing a 50 year anniversary piece for the school yearbook--and a longer report for his history teacher.
He's looking forward to this, since he doesn't like his teacher, who he views as boring and taking all the fun out of history. But with this project, he gets out of the class AND is guaranteed a passing grade if he does a good job.
He acquires a helper, a girl called Sarah. She doesn't let him drive her off, she pushes at him, picking silly quarrels and generally making him come back to the land of the living.
It's what he finds just before Christmas, 1999 that startles him and helps him to finally come out of the depression and to start living again.
A somewhat somber book, which, because of some of the themes I wouldn't recommend for a younger teen--definitely 15 and older for this one. ...more
The follow up book to Gone Away Lake this book has the family back, bringing life back to the house that they all fell in love with in GAL. The kids aThe follow up book to Gone Away Lake this book has the family back, bringing life back to the house that they all fell in love with in GAL. The kids are having fun, exploring, playing and hunting for a mysterious safe.
Enjoyable view of how life was viewed when this book was set, which was mid to late 1950's. ...more
I enjoyed this book immensely. Princess Celie was a great character, helping her brother and sister after their parents disappear and their home castlI enjoyed this book immensely. Princess Celie was a great character, helping her brother and sister after their parents disappear and their home castle is invaded by the evil prince from a near by kingdom. Between her ideas and the ideas of her siblings and their allies, they are able to keep each other safe and slow the enemy's plans to a crawl.
An excellent adventure that anyone with a sixth grade or higher reading level will enjoy. Since it IS such a fun story, even older teens and adults will enjoy it. ...more
As the title makes plain, this is the story of the death of a young teen. The POV is her younger sisters. It is about the sister's reactions to the laAs the title makes plain, this is the story of the death of a young teen. The POV is her younger sisters. It is about the sister's reactions to the last months of the dieing girl's life.
If you have a child--or a friend has a child--dealing with this event, or even one who is dealing with a sibling with cancer, any of the major blood diseases (including HIV/AIDES) then this book is also a must read.
While the science--what there is of it--is dated (the book was written in 1977) there is not a great deal of time spent on it. It is more the way the family deals with the event. In the case of our POV heroine, she isn't told until almost the end of the story that her sister is dieing. So she is left puzzled at why her sister is changing and not acting the way she usually does.
Having been through this (my oldest grandson was diagnosed with Wilms'--a kidney cancer--2 months before his 5th birthday) I find myself wishing that I'd had this book then. Even though I'm not sure how much of it he'd have understood, I'd still have read it to him and to his 2 year younger brother. After chemo, surgeries and radiation therapy he is now a healthy almost 17 year old. But what I would have read this book to them for is the family dynamics. And how having an ill sibling affected the younger sister.
Definitely something that should be read by any child with a friend/family member going through any form of major health issue. It shows that it is normal to feel angry, upset, confused and sad about what is going on in the family.
This is the story of Sara Louise "Wheezy" Bradshaw and, to a lesser extent her twin sister Caroline. Although most of Caroline's involvement in the stThis is the story of Sara Louise "Wheezy" Bradshaw and, to a lesser extent her twin sister Caroline. Although most of Caroline's involvement in the story is the resentment that Louise has for her. Caroline, the younger by several minutes, was born not breathing and sickly. She took much of her parents attention for the first few years of her life, simply BECAUSE she was so sickly. When asking her parents about stories of HER birth and early months, all they can say is, "You never gave us a moments worry." Then they usually go back to talking about all the time, attention and worry that Caroline caused them.
As if that isn't enough--Caroline is a petite, blond, gifted singer/musician, while Louise is a tall, large-boned brunette. Caroline also "stole" as Louise looked at it, her name. She gifted her sister with the nickname "Wheezy", which Louise hated and felt sounded like a disease.
While much of the book is about the interactions of the family, as seen by Louise, it is also set against the historical backdrop of WWII on a tiny island set in the Chesapeake Bay. Louise is a romantic and dreamer who none-the-less is also a hard-worker, earning extra money for the family by taking a skiff out into the salt marshes of the island and catching various crabs, fish and turtles to sell.
I have to admit--I really identified with Louise. While not "tall and big-boned" I am instead a short, stocky brunette. Who happened to grow up in the shadow of a younger, tall, blond-haired and beautiful sister. (And yes, it IS possible to grow up in the shadow of a younger sibling, especially when they have that little "something special" that is missing in the older sibling.)
I enjoyed the story, for it's showing of what life was like in a tiny, isolated town for those going through their teens during WWII. The characters read "true to their times" and are not given modern ideas and sensibilities, something that the historian in me loves. ...more
This book is NOT for the faint of heart. It deals with child abuse, suicide, bullying and all the rest of the unpleasant things that can happen when tThis book is NOT for the faint of heart. It deals with child abuse, suicide, bullying and all the rest of the unpleasant things that can happen when things go wrong in a life. The pov is that of Eric "Moby" Calhoune. Eric, who was obese most of his life, has, as his oldest friend, the person around whom the book actually revolves, Sarah Byrnes. Sarah carries visible scars on her face, hands and arms from being burned as a toddler. We see her as Eric sees her--one of the bravest people that anyone could ever know.
I will also warn you--you WILL want tissues....more
Yay--a new book set in the world of Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series. This is targeted for the Young Adult market, although I as an adult stillYay--a new book set in the world of Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series. This is targeted for the Young Adult market, although I as an adult still loved it. It is technically set about 25 or so years before Soulless. It includes such characters as a (very) young Lady Maccon (Lord Maccon's g-g-g-granddaughter who shows up in Blameless), Formerly Lefoux appears while in her "live" state as does Ginivieve, who, despite being only 9 in this book is still fascinated by mechanical things AND hats. OH, and the mysterious Captain Naill, who took over as alpha of the Maccon pack after Lord Maccon left also appears in this series.
A fun, easy to read romp, which Carriger's fans of all ages will enjoy....more
A cute but dated mystery. 11 1/2 year old Ted is like any other tweenie, in that he looks down on his younger cousins, Bobbin and Winkie. He and his fA cute but dated mystery. 11 1/2 year old Ted is like any other tweenie, in that he looks down on his younger cousins, Bobbin and Winkie. He and his father hatch a plan to give the twins a "mystery" to solve in order to give Ted a little time to himself while they are visiting over Spring Break. Unfortunately, as it turns out--Dad doesn't get a chance to do his part, altho Ted isn't aware of this. So the fake mystery turns into a real mystery.
However, there were problems with the book--a stay-at-home Mom who is such a forgetful cook that she occassionally puts potentially dangerous items into her food, a couple of kids who are so far beyond absentminded that you'd think that they were suffering from split personalities.
And, in addition, a truly simplistic mystery plot. But then again--the book IS 47 years old, and well, lets admit it, things back then were a lot more innoucent. No TV over-load, no computers, no smart-phones, no digital cameras. . . But it will give kids a good view at what life was like for their grandparents and, to a lesser extent, possibly even their parents....more
Interesting book set 150 years in the future. It deals with 10 young people who have just graduated from School--and are now Unemployed, (yes, that'sInteresting book set 150 years in the future. It deals with 10 young people who have just graduated from School--and are now Unemployed, (yes, that's capital U type Unemployed, as in that is the title of what they do now) and living in a grim, grey city with no hope for a job. The Game, which they learn about very soon after settling into their new "home" is something that they decide that they want to play, and see if it gives them any way to make the days less tense and more fulfilling. Altho they also find out that not everyone gets invited to play The Game, they are hopeful and evenutally get invited. The results of what happens in The Game and afterwards is the 'hook' for this story and provides a very interesting perspecitive. ...more
A cute mystery taking place in 1964 California. A fire in the canyons, burned homes, a girl from Hungary meeting her Grandmother for the first time. AA cute mystery taking place in 1964 California. A fire in the canyons, burned homes, a girl from Hungary meeting her Grandmother for the first time. And, in the background, an emerald and diamond necklace that goes missing on the same night that the house burns and her grandmother dies.
Fortunately, Ilona has found an unexpected friend in Julie, the girl who has just moved next door to her grandmother. Together, they go searching the ruins of the house, looking for the missing necklace. ...more
I found this book in a thrift store and, being in desperate need of a book (hey, I was traveling and had been seperated from my stash) I bought it forI found this book in a thrift store and, being in desperate need of a book (hey, I was traveling and had been seperated from my stash) I bought it for the princely sum of, I believe a quarter.
It is somewhat dated in its outlook on life, but, on the other hand--it IS a very old book, having been written in 1937. It has "realistic" (for that time) people doing what they would have done, and NOT "modern" people reacting in an historical setting. Things that happened in the past can NOT be "modernized" just to suit our (present) sense of what is "right and just." I'm sure at the time she wrote it, Ms. Girvan believed that she was "modern, right and just."
It is a cute mystery with very little mystery (figured out the "whodunit" by about the second chapter--well, actually by just reading the back of the book.) But still, I enjoyed it greatly. AND it kept me from driving my parents crazy, which in turn meant that they didn't kill me OR my siblings, so it turned out to be a good trip, even if I HAD left my "bag-o-books" at home by mistake. ...more