I needed one last read aloud for the school year and went to peruse the Newbery Award winners shelves at our local library. I chose this one because it was set in a country other than the U.S. and fir out medieval time period we’ve been studying.
Genre: middle grade historical fiction
Length: 180 pages
Setting: Spain and Italy, ~1610-1670
Summary: Short version: We follow the life of Juan, slave to the Spanish painter Diego Valezquez Continue reading
I’m not sure how this book came to my attention, but it picked it up now because it was available as an audiobook and was a good length for our trip to Philadelphia.
Genre: middle grade fiction with a touch of magic
Length: 587 pages
Setting: Germany, Pennsylvania, and California, late 1930s
Summary: Short version: A harmonica helps three kids overcome discrimination and find happiness Continue reading
My mother-in-law read this book for book club ten years ago and passed it along to me afterwards to read.
Translator: Alan R. Clarke
Published: 1988 in Portuguese; 1993 in English
Genre: inspirational fiction
Length: 167 pages
Setting: starting in Andalusia and traveling to Egypt, present day Continue reading