Over Spring Break, I read eight books, one just for my personal pleasure and seven to share. I choose some books outside of what I normally read and really enjoyed them.
Skinny by Robert Burch.
Skinny is eleven and an orphan. He is living with Miss Bessie, who owns a hotel while they wait for an orphanage to have room for him. He greets the guests at the hotel and does odd jobs around the place. Maybe he can prove to Miss Bessie that she needs a young man around the hotel to do all the work. Of course, he also works hard to hide the fact that he cannot read. This is a delightful story set in the late 1930s. The 196/69 Georgia Book Award winner.
Honus & Me by Dan Gutman
Joe Stosback loves baseball, he is just not very good at it. He really tries hard, but seems to always strike out when he really needs to get a hit. Since his parent’s divorce, money is hard to come by so he helps his mom out by taking odd jobs. His next door neighbor, Miss Young offers him five dollars to clean out her attic. As he is taking all the trash out, a box breaks and a rare baseball card of Honus Wagner, one of the greatest baseball players who ever lived, falls out. When he wakes up to find Honus in his room he knows it is a special card. This is the first of the Baseball Card novels and is a fun read. A 2000/2001 Georgia Book Award nominee.
The Imp that Ate My Homework by Laurence Yep
Jim’s grandfather is the meanest, ugliest man in Chinatown. He has no patience for his native born grandson and Jim has not interest in hearing about Chinese customs. One day as they are watching a new report on construction site find in China. A old vase is found with writing on it warning about a curse. The workers break the vase and Grandfather leaves the house very upset. The next morning an imp is in Jim’s room eating his homework. Jim and his grandfather must come to terms with each other in able to fight the imp. A wonderful book that gives us a look at another culture. A 1999/2000 Georgia Book Award.
Send One Angle Down by Virginia Frances Schwartz
Abram lives with Granny and Aunt Charity and helps them in the breeding cabin. When Aunt Charity’s first child, Eliza, is born, he takes over her care while every one else works. He does his best to protect Eliza and shield her from the horrors of slavery. She grows strong with extra food the nanny for the master’s children saves for her. This is an honest picture of slavery based on a true taken for the book To Be a Slave by Julius Lester. A 2002/2003 Georgia Book Award Nominee and a must read.
Rip Tide by Kat Falls
The sequel to Dark Life finds Gemma living at the Trade Station and Ty wishing she would come back under the sea with his family. As he and Gemma are hiding a wagon of supplies in a junk yard, they find a township chained and dead. As they try to find out what happened they learn that other townships have disappeared. After his parents are kidnapped while trying to trade with a township, Ty and Gemma must go to some of the most dangerous places to find the answer to the townships disappearance and his parents kidnapping. Full of adventure and suspense this book takes you on a high seas journey.
The Limit by Kristen Landon
Thirteen-year-old Matt has heard that some adults have gone over their spending limits and there kids have been taken to the workhouse to help get them back under the limit. He is not afraid because his parents would never let that happen, would they? Suddenly Matt is taken to a workhouse and tested on his abilities. He is placed on the top floor and seems to have it all, as long as he works most of the day. But how has his parents gone over their limit and how long will it take him to help get them back under? And what about all the stuff he buys while he is away from home? Another look at a troubled future, this is a 2012/2013 Georgia Book Award Nominee.
I will share the next book with you as soon as I have it available for check out.