Just like clockwork, another American History Club meeting rolled around this week. We changed time periods, though, and moved on to World War II. I did some searching for a good book for Mr. Curiosity and his friend. My search was complicated by the fact that Mr. Curiosity and I have already several of the recommended books, like Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (see my review here), and Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigen (we’ve read it, but I haven’t posted the review yet. Hopefully I’ll remember to add the link once I get around to the review). I wanted to read something new.
I finally settled on Going Solo by Roald Dahl. It was recommended a number of places, and I went with it, even though I was worried the boys wouldn’t find it very exciting. It only had a bit about the war – mainly Dahl flying fighters over Greece. It certainly had a great taste of life as a British colonist in Africa. The boys (age 11) did enjoy it, and it had quite a few amusing stories (many involving snakes). There wasn’t a lot of blood and gore, so it is appropriate for tweens and older.
I did suggest Snow Treasure for the girls. That’s a much simpler story about a resistance group in Norway who tried to smuggle out gold under the noses of an occupying Nazi force. The children of village are employed to transport the gold on their sleds. It’s a very inspirational story for children about an area of Europe affected by WWII that you don’t often hear about. I highly recommend it.
And that’s what we read this week.
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