This book is extraordinary! Told from an interesting narrator's point of view, this book tells a story of a town in Germany during WWII. Liesel, the mThis book is extraordinary! Told from an interesting narrator's point of view, this book tells a story of a town in Germany during WWII. Liesel, the main character, has been through a lot of tragedy for such a young age. Yet, she finds liberation and healing through the power of words and reading and has the amazing ability to make unlikely friends. This story is powerful, emotional, and paints a story through Zusack's words. Content is appropriate for ages 11 and up. ...more
**spoiler alert** 5Q, 4P, A/YA, Ages 15+ This World War II adventure tells the story of Lev Beniov and Kolya Vlasov, two young men determined to surviv**spoiler alert** 5Q, 4P, A/YA, Ages 15+ This World War II adventure tells the story of Lev Beniov and Kolya Vlasov, two young men determined to survive the hunger, cold and brutality of Russia with little more than their improbable friendship. Both are tasked with a seemingly impossible mission: to find a dozen eggs in six days for the colonel or lose their ration cards and most likely their lives. People are starving throughout Leningrad and the possibility of eggs takes the pair through dangerous territory, even behind enemy lines. Their journey comes with tragedies and triumphs, none so terrible as the friendly fire that takes Kolya down on their return. This novel captures the truth and desperation so vivid during wartime, but also the subtleties of compassion and courage. The story is written by Lev’s grandson and begins with a brief description of their histories up to the writing of the book. Knowing that Lev survives only adds to the story’s thrill as it is hard throughout the book to imagine how he’ll do it.
**spoiler alert** Michael L. Printz Award 2013 Honor 4Q, 4P, S, Ages 15+ Set in World War II, two girls with very different pasts are flung together by**spoiler alert** Michael L. Printz Award 2013 Honor 4Q, 4P, S, Ages 15+ Set in World War II, two girls with very different pasts are flung together by the circumstances of war. Maddie is the granddaughter of a bike mechanic while Julie can trace her lineage back to Mary, Queen of Scots. Maddie’s dark, unruly curls and boyish interests mean that she never quite fits in while Julie’s fine blonde hair and impeccable manners put her in an easy spotlight of constant admiration. However, both girls’ sense of duty and honor mean that they will sacrifice for their countries and loved ones in the face of Nazi Germany’s bid for power. As Maddie becomes a pilot for the Air Transport Auxiliary and Julie, code name Verity, becomes a spy for Special Operations, their evolving friendship shows that trust, vulnerability and truth cannot be silenced by bombs or brutality. As with war, this story has many innocent victims and no fairy-tale endings. With a group of resistance fighters in German-occupied France, Maddie makes one final bid to save Julie and in doing so must take Julie’s life in a desperate act of mercy. This heartbreaking story will appeal to WWII buffs, airplane enthusiasts and anyone searching for the triumph of friendship in the face of adversity. ...more
A Haitian boy trapped in darkness after an earthquake destroys most of the country connects through the centuries with revolutionary Touissant l’OuverA Haitian boy trapped in darkness after an earthquake destroys most of the country connects through the centuries with revolutionary Touissant l’Ouverture, famous for leading the slaves to freedom. The author tackles the hard questions of inequality, faith and freedom through a back-and-forth look at Haiti then and now. This book’s real strength lies in the fact that the brutal poverty, gang violence and vodou common in Site Soley, a slum city considered the most dangerous place in the world, lend insight to the inner lives of its inhabitants without drowning out their voices. An author’s note at the end clarifies the historical truths and fictions in the story, providing a satisfying perspective. The cover art of a boy’s profile suffused with text in the bright colors of Haiti’s flag will be both simple and eye-catching to teen readers. This book made me truly feel the connections between time and space that we all share, that shape us into who we are and that we have the power to change....more