The Help written to show the era of the Civil Rights movement when black and white people had constricting societal boundaries about how they should aThe Help written to show the era of the Civil Rights movement when black and white people had constricting societal boundaries about how they should and would be expected to observe. When Skeeter tests these boundaries her white friend, Hilly, ostracizes her and exerts her considerable influence to threaten everyone.
Katnryh Stockett reveals the duality of racism between whites and blacks in the Mississippi. The whites and blacks are constrained by the strictures that are steeped in the fabric of their society. Stockett supplies an honest cast of characters that are leaning about the falseness of the societal morrays they have been trapped by.
With the characters you will love and others you will love to hate the book promises to be a page turner. ...more
A strong narrative about a group of farm animals that have formed a quasi-family. Another story within thin the framework of the book is shared by WhiA strong narrative about a group of farm animals that have formed a quasi-family. Another story within thin the framework of the book is shared by Whittington the cat about his ancestry. The owner has a couple grandchildren.
The boy struggles with reading. Fearful kids will tease him, he decides not to go to reading recovery. The determination the boy exhibits provides a good example to children. My concern was that children often fear being teased and attempt to avoid situations that might make them the object of ridicule.
While the book reveals this fear, it does not show children a way to confront or overcome it. It instead shows children avoiding it is the answer. For this reason I am not recommending the book for children with difficulty reading....more
Montana, 1918. Sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Inez Brooks arrives at the remote homestead claim she inherited from an unknown uncle. She expects hardMontana, 1918. Sixteen-year-old orphan Hattie Inez Brooks arrives at the remote homestead claim she inherited from an unknown uncle. She expects hard work but does not anticipate the strong local anti-German prejudice directed at her good neighbors, the Muellers.
For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2006.
Hattie Inez Brooks, an orphan feels like she has no real home when an unknown uncle leaves her 320 acres in a remote section of Montana. Upon her arrival she finds the house is little more than a shack with a barn and acreage, but Patty is determined.
She puts her heart and soul into proving up her claim, because for once she has a place to call her own. What Hattie discovers is the place she’s secured in other’s hearts and them in hers is what having a physical home.
Steeped in the history of early America settlement of Montana and the persecution of Germans during World War II, Larson delivers a riveting story. Touching and inspiring Larson’s book has something for all to enjoy.
Penny is half Italian and half Caucasian American. She swims between the two worlds. Her father’s death is shrouded in mystery and no one will share tPenny is half Italian and half Caucasian American. She swims between the two worlds. Her father’s death is shrouded in mystery and no one will share the details. Her mother is dating the milk man. Penny feels like her mother is trying to forget her father. When her arm gets caught in a ringer, the milk man begins visiting her at the hospital. It looks like Patty will lose all function in her arm. She overhears the nurse talking about her father being a spy.
Issues of Italian mistreatment during World War II, when Italy was an enemy of America, and their tight-knit communities are shared in a heartwarming book. The way the entire Italian family protects and nurtures Penny and comic relief from her precocious cousin, Frankie, grandma’s awful cooking, and uncle who lives in a car and opinionated grandpa burping make for a fun read.
All of the characters have clearly defined personalities with the threads of their culture and era dripping from their words and deeds. This is Jennifer Holm’s first novel and a raving success. I highly recommend this book.
Neeka, her best friend, and newcomer Dee become a tight-knit trio. They adore Tupac. His lyrics speak to Dee especially. Each of the girls face some sNeeka, her best friend, and newcomer Dee become a tight-knit trio. They adore Tupac. His lyrics speak to Dee especially. Each of the girls face some serious issues among them are foster care, unfair treatment of African Americans in courts and day-to-day, struggle for a better life, homosexuality, addicted parents, and more.
The African-American culture and lingo is shared and exposes children to the era and culture. In addition the harsh realities of growing up in the foster care system, is nakedly revealed. Wood’s combines a moving story of friendship artfully with societal and cultural tidbits that will spur the reader’s interest in a dozen different directions. This is truly thought-provoking. I highly recommend the award winning novel.
Here are a few of the awards won: Newbery Honor Medal, Caldecott Honor, ALA Best Book, National Book Award Finalist, Coretta Scott King Award 2008