Saturday, July 15, 2017
Despite struggles at school and home, Jack and Joseph eventually gain each other's trust, create a life-long friendship and discover the true meaning of family and the sacrifices it requires. Just when Joseph has begun to believe he'll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past. Jack narrates a hopeful, yet tragic story that will give readers a fresh perspective on the unfairness of judging other people. This is a heartfelt story about a boy doing his best in bad circumstances and the people who recognize his worth and go out of their way to help him. A good read for lovers of realistic fiction.
Orbiting Jupiter has been nominated for the 2017-2018 Golden Sower Award.
One day Gerta sees her father through an opening in the wall. She is convinced that his actions contain clues for their escape. Gerta becomes certain that her father wants them to dig a tunnel underneath the wall. But this seems impossible to without getting caught. The Germans have instilled such fear in neighbors that none can be trusted with secrets. Gerta's mother believes the wall is only temporary and any attempts to flee are a risk to great to take. Desperate to reunite her family, Gerta and her brother Fritz begin digging a secret tunnel. But when a nosy neighbor asks too many questions, Gerta, Fritz and their mother realize that they are almost out of time,
A Night Divided has been nominated for the 2017-2018 Golden Sower Award.
Friday, July 14, 2017
While angered that his father was tending to Cort's estranged mother while leaving kids at home alone, Cort must keep his focus on getting them to Bottle Creek Indian Mound. Unfortunately, this is also where wild, scared, hungry animals have fled in their own attempts to survive. Amid miles of storm-thrashed wetlands filled with dangerous, desperate wild animals, it's up to Cort to win or lose the fight for their lives.
Terror at Bottle Creek has been nominated for the 2017-2018 Golden Sower Award.
In the days that follow their move, things become strange. Sunshine is followed around the house by an icy breeze, a phantom wind slams her bedroom door shut and she hears sounds no one else can hear. The child's laughter that Sunshine hears on her first night soon evolves into sobs and the spirits haunting her house become more and more frightening. As her mother becomes more distant, Sunshine soon realizes that Kat is in danger. Sunshine must accept what she is and pass the test if she is to save her mother from a fate worse than death,
If you like Mary Downing Hahn stories and Famous Last Words, then this is a another ghost story you will want to pick up. Be sure to check out The Haunting of Sunshine Girl.