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A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner

This was one of the spring SheReads book choices. I was provided a copy of the book, but all my opinions are my own.

Published: 2017

Genre: fiction

Length: 368 pages

Setting: California, present day, and Europe, 1944-1946 Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #30: the YA version

I’ve got a few books to add to my reading list and Mr. Curiosity’s reading list. Miss Adventure does just fine finding her own books, but Mr. Curiosity needs a boost every once in a while. The first two books are from a GeekDad post on the best books from 2016:

Click Here to Start (A Novel) by Denis Markell looked interesting. It’s got puzzles, video games, and a bit of WWII to top things off – all things Mr. Curiosity loves.

The Urban Outlaws series by Peter Jay Black also looked interesting – young hackers and lots of adventure. What’s not to love, right!

And finally, Projekt 1065 by Alan Gratz from a post by the Young Adult Library Services Association. They are a great source of books for Mr. Curiosity since they focus exclusively on books appropriate for older kids. In this case, the book is about a spy who is a member of the Hitler Youth. Mr. Curiosity really enjoys learning about WWII, and he’s getting to the age that he can start to get more details about the horrors the Nazis inflicted on so many people. This might be a nice introduction to that topic.

Any other good books for a young teenage boy to read? Thanks for your suggestions!

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Winter of the World by Ken Follett

This is the second book in the Century Trilogy and I’m going to try to finish the series this year, instead of letting it hang around for a few years.

Published: 2013

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 940 pages

Font: Warnock Pro

Setting: USA, Germany, England, and the USSR, 1933-1949 Continue reading

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The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman

The summer reading program a few years ago required trying to get bingo on a card full of different book genres. I wanted a history book and saw this book as I was scanning the shelves. I picked it up because it had been made into a movie and because it was about a pianist (I play the piano, so music books are always a plus).

Subtitle: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945

Published: 1999 in the U.S., 1946 in Poland

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 224 pages

Setting: Warsaw, 1939-1945 Continue reading

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I’ve seen this book mentioned positively numerous places and finally picked it up from the library.

Published: 2011

Genre: YA urban fantasy

Length: 352 pages

Setting: mostly Cairnholm, Wales, in the present day and 1940 Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #29: Kid’s Edition

This edition of What I Will Be Reading would be more accurately described as What My Kids Will Be Reading. I’ve seen a bunch of posts of books that look like something my kids would enjoy, so I’m putting together a list for them, instead of me. Might as well get them their own “To Read” lists, right!

Let’s start with Lost on a Mountain in Maine by Donn Fedler. This a true survival story about a kid who got lost in the woods in Maine in the 1930s and how he survived his ordeal. I wasn’t aware of this book until I saw a post by The Scraped Up Kid (incidentally, a great blog about getting outside and enjoying yourself at any age, focusing on Maine trails). This book is right up our alley, and I plan to read it aloud to the kids. The story is told by Donn Fedler, who was the kid who got lost, right after his experience. If you’d prefer, there’s a graphic novel version of the story that looks awesome, but isn’t available from our library, Lost Trail: Nine Days Alone in the Wilderness, also by Donn Fedler.

Next up is Jars of Hope: How One Woman Helped Save 2,500 Children During the Holocaust by Jennifer Roy. This book was brought to my attention by A Mighty Girl’s Facebook page (which daily provides women and girls who have done impressive things and books featuring strong female characters). Again, I had never heard about Irena Sendlar and her actions during WWII, so I decided to investigate. Jars of Hope is a picture book (but with a fair amount of text on each page) that A Mighty Girl recommends for ages 7-11. If you have an older child, or want more details after reading the Jars of Hope, try Irena’s Children: Young Readers Edition; A True Story of Courage by Mary Cronk Farrell that is recommended for ages 13+.

And finally, I’m going to recommend a fiction book, Book Scavenger, by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. This is the first book in a new series. The plot of the book is based around the Book Scavenger game. There are books hidden in various cities, and you get puzzles and clues to try to find the books first. It sounded to me like a book version of 39 Clues for a slightly older audience (since the book is almost 400 pages). Mr. Curiosity read the book and enjoyed the puzzles.

Finally, if you’re looking for more suggestions for kids, I recommend you listen to this week’s episodes of What Should I Read Next by The Modern Mrs. Darcy. Miss Adventure got about seven new books for her reading list by listening to the end of Episode 49: How to help kids fall in love with reading (with Sarah Mackenzie of Read Aloud Revival). That podcast does dangerous things to my reading list in general.

And those are the books I’m recommending my kids should read. Anything else I should add to the list?

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Nisei Daughter by Monica Sone

My mother-in-law gave me this book to read after her book club read it a few years ago.

Published: 1953

Genre: autobiography

Length: 264 pages

Setting: mostly California, plus a bit in Japan, 1930s-1950s Continue reading

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