I started a project this summer where I read one book from each bookshelf of the Children’s (Juvenile Fiction) section of the library. The book I choose has to be one I’ve never read before – and I can’t read a book in a series I’ve read part of. After I read each book, I write a short review and post it where I post all the other books I read, on my reading blog.
Read books 1-5 in this post.
This book is about neighborhoods – how they change over time, and the memories they hold long after the people who made them have gone. It is the story of Levittown, NY, told through the eyes of six kids. Each lives in the same house over a different period of time, and each tells a story about their time there.
There was a quote from the end of the book that had been tout and put at the front as the first thing you read. When I read it, I thought it was super cheesy and dumb, But when I came across it in context at the end of the book it all made sense and I cried a little. so there you go.
This is based on a true story of a Syrian brown bear named Voytek, who was adopted by Polish soldiers on their way to the front during WW2. The book was translated from Dutch, and was not something I would usually read, but the animated spot illustrations by Philip Hopman drew me in and added a lot to the story. Voytek’s antics and those of his other animal friends are engaging, and it offered an interesting view into the army life of the soldiers.
This is sort-of a parody of medieval/fairy tale stories, and it was very funny and entertaining. I liked that there was a breaking down of the fourth wall, and that the characters were appearing and reappearing throughout the book.
This was a wonderfully good and funny fantasy to escape into. Celie and her siblings are thrust into the middle of political maneuvering when their parents, the king and queen, are set upon by bandits and presumed dead. With the help of their castle, which definitely has a mind of it’s own – every Tuesday it grows a new room – they must save their kingdom and find out what really happened to their parents.
Wonderfully written. This really is good writing, I felt really drawn in to the settings, the characters, and emphasized with them. A very engaging and interesting story of young children from poor families and their lives in London after WW2. These “sparrows” are the children who live on the street outside the square. The square with the stately but run-down and bombed-out houses, and the private garden. The story follows the children as they make a secret garden for themselves. This was also an interesting view into life at the time in London, and the relationship between the middle and lower classes.