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The morning is cold. There is no coal left to warm the stove. The 20’s were a hard time for many people, but Georgie’s friend has an idea of how to get what they need to stay warm. Georgie had his misgivings, yet he followed his friend’s lead and climbed up into the coal car of a train to throw down the coal.
Alane Adams does a beautiful job of expressing Georgie’s story with beautiful language and an excellent illustrator. Some of my favorite aspects of Adams telling of The Coal Thief is her gentle way of fleshing out peer pressure, being “caught” by Dad and how Georgie’s father handled his son’s misdeed, the father’s generosity, the Father’s love and good example set for his son, and Georgie’s admiration of his hard working
I haven’t read a middle grade book since I was in elementary school, and I’m starting to second-guess this decision. Tell the Story to Its End by Simon P. Clark surprised me with its dark story-telling approach. I was often wondering if this was geared more towards young adults while reading the novel, which says a lot about Clark’s writing abilities.
The story is about Oli, a twelve-year-old boy whose mother decided they should move from London to the countryside. Oli is not happy with this change in scenery, to say the least. That is, until he discovers Eren and his dark asphyxiation with telling stories and fables. Oli’s summer countryside retreat takes a dramatic turn as he learns about the difference between the truth and lies and what makes
Timothy Snyder takes a fresh historical look at the Holocaust and not only ties together the events and logistics of the time, but also approaches the information with a view on modern day events and ethics. Snyder is an intelligent and careful writer, detailed and fills the book with maps, personal narratives pulled from survivors, participants, documentation and beyond. Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning highlights the Holocaust, obviously a much studied and often discussed event and churns up new information along with a message of caution and raised awareness for citizens of today and the future. The terrible actions as well as the humanitarian acts that were also transpiring during this time in history each carry important lessons on humanity, civility, good and evil. While circumstances and groups have changed, Snyder
From France to the United States, before and after 9/11. A tragic story of three people; their rise and fall from grace; the lies and secrets that have haunted them and finally, caught up with them.
Samir, Nina, and Samuel were good friends back in France. Samuel is Jewish, and he’s been with Nina for some time when they met Samir, an attractive, charming Arab originally from Tunisia. When Samuel caught Nina and Samir in bed together, he made her choose. Nina chose to stay with Samuel. Samir, devastated, left Paris for Canada and eventually, United States.
After twenty years, Samir, now known as Sam, has become a famous lawyer in the United States. Married to a woman from a well-known Jewish family. But, he harbors a secret. They do not know that he
The Insider Threat is the eighth book in the Pike Logan series. Fortunately, this is one of those thriller series that you don’t need to read in order. Pike is co-owner of Grolier Recovery Services, ostensibly a company that tries to protect historical sites. But it is also a clandestine service with the purpose of neutralizing terrorists while providing the U.S. government with full deniability.
This time Pike and the crew are working against ISIS supporters and are trying to prevent some professional oil people from getting imported from Nigeria to help run the oil fields to increase revenue. Some Saudi prince is helping facilitate the deal but since he is a member of the royal family, all Pike’s group can do is gather proof against him to hand over to the Saudi government who
Yeonmi was born in Hyesan, a city in North Korea, next to the border with China. Together with her parents and older sister, they tried every possible way to survive in the ‘Hermit Kingdom’. When she reached 13, their situation went from bad to desperate. Her sister decided to escape to China to have a better life. After some time, Yeonmi and her mother did the same, not knowing that women were being sold as brides on the other side of the border. Once in China, Yeonmi and her mother had to again fight for survival; this time, they were fighting against groups who drugged women and passed them around to other men. Both realizing they were still in hell, they chose to cross the freezing Gobi desert to reach Mongolia, towards freedom in South Korea.
Reviewed by Holly Madison
This was the first book I have read by Melanie Dickerson and for the most part, I found it to be a delightful and charming read.
As the title would hint, this is a book about Rapunzel, but unlike any other Rapunzel story I have come across. Rather than being set in a fantasy world full of magic and evil witches, this feels much more like something that could have happened in the real world (with a distinct German feel to the setting).
It centers around the 19+ year old Rapunzel with ankle-length hair, and she is more independent thinking than I imagine her fairy tale counterpart to be. While she does have a mind of her own, she is
Brokenomics: 50 Ways to Live the Dream on a Dime by Dina Gachman is a funny, funny book. And it’s practical too. Who would have thought a book on personal finances could be so entertaining and humorous?
At its core, Brokenomics is a look at personal finance and how one might live better even on a minuscule paycheck. What separates Brokenomics from other (possibly all) personal economy books is a combination of Dina Gachman’s plausible stories, humor, and practical advice. Gachman peppers her personal finance self-help book with witty stories and real-world advice on how to really live rather than merely getting by. Gachman is straightforward in her narration. Some of Gachman’s rhetoric can be taken as tongue-in-cheek; at other times, her advice is like a smack on the forehead followed by a possible verbal “why didn’t