The Last Grand Adventure

The Last Grand Adventure By:  Rebecca Behrens I highly recommend this heartfelt historical fiction story.  Twelve-year-old Bea (Beatrice) is unhappy with her new living situation.  The year is 1967 and Bea is living with her father, stepmother, and her younger stepsister, Sally, who is particularly annoying.  Bea misses her mother who travels a lot for […]

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The War I Finally Won

The War I Finally Won By:  Kimberly Brubaker Bradley This is a sequel to the amazing Newbery Honor Book, THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE.  This story picks up shortly after the last one finished when 11-year-old Ada receives a surgery to correct her clubfoot.  There is just enough back-story so readers new to Ada’s […]

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Orphan Train Girl

Orphan Train Girl By:  Christina Baker Kline ORPHAN TRAIN GIRL is the young reader’s edition of the 2013 adult bestseller from Christina Baker Kline.  Sixth-grader Molly is assigned to help an elderly woman, Vivian, clean out her attic.  She must perform this community service for stealing a battered paperback from the public library.  At first […]

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Genevieve’s War

Genevieve’s War By:  Patricia Reilly Giff   The year is 1939.  Thirteen year-old Genevieve and her brother are spending the summer on their grandmother’s farm in Alsace, France.  World War II has just begun and the Germans are about to invade France.  Genevieve has a ticket on the last boat leaving for the United States […]

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