Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dragonwings Lawrence Yep

To get the summary of the book you can go to any book site, if you want to know the feeling of the book, keep reading.

I have had this Newberry Honor Book since 2007, pretty sure I bought it at a school book fair.   I finally decide to read it after moving classrooms twice and finally just bringing the books home.   Now I wonder why I took so long to begin.

Excellent, impressive book that will make you smile, make you think, and make you a bit sad.  It is a story of hope, struggle, family, and finding a place.  The struggles of Chinese in California in the early 1900's is something that I had never really thought about, I now want to know more.  The seperation of a family for many, many years I can not imagine but that is exactly what many families did then and still do today in the struggle for a better life.

This is a story written from the viewpoint of a boy who beccomes a man very quickly so even though it is written for children and the teen set it is a story for all ages, as all really good stories are.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The River by Gary Paulsen

A sequel to Hatchet which by the admission of the author was written to fulfill the wishes of fans of Brian Robeson who wanted to know what happened next in his exciting life.

Drama, adventure, danger, everything needed for a quick page turner.  A good book for the young male looking for adventure but beware, they may want to try some of it out themselves, which might do many of them a world of good.

Into the Darkness by Barbara Michaels

Meg comes home to the family estate for the funeral of her beloved grandfather.  She needs to just settle a couple of things and then will be back to her life in New York.

The reading of the will changes everything. In addition to the expected stocks, bonds and money she is also left a half partnership in the jewlery establishment that was her grandfather's pride and joy.  The larger issue is the partner is an unknown quantity that even after three years in a small town has managed to remain a mystery.

Potential stolen jewels. a lawyer overstepping his bounds, an uncle, grandmother, cousin and even the housekeeper in her business and Meg is about to go crazy before she even meets with her new partner.

A bit of romance, an infusion of mystery and just enough romantic comedy to keep things flowing.  A good read that does not require to much concentration.