Young Adult

Available Today: The German Girl

Available October 18th: The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa

****4/5 stars

29430755A young girl who never knew her father is given a chance to meet the aunt who raised him, a woman with a story of her own.

Recommended readers:

  • Readers of historical fiction,
  • Readers of World War II fiction
  • Adult and Young Adult readers alike

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 characters
  • 4/5 plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

World War II books: people can’t stop writing them, I can’t stop reading them. This one, however, fictionalizes a somewhat less well-known aspect of the Holocaust: the 1939 journey of 937 primarily Jewish refugees to Cuba aboard the St. Louis. Hannah Rosenthal is an eleven-year-old member of this voyage promised refuge in Cuba, and one of the very few who were not turned away at the last moment. Told from her perspective, combined with the voice years later of her niece, Anna Rosen, who has come  to Cuba to learn about her father’s family, The German Girl is a compelling and sobering account of a little-known journey.

Available October 18th: The German Girl

Strange History by The Bathroom Readers’ Institute

Available now: Strange History

****4/5 stars

Fabulously entertaining, Strange History has great anecdotes, myths and more in history.

Recommended readers:

  • If you need some quick reading facts and story
  • If you’re a history buff and like odd facts
  • If you need an entertaining bathroom read

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

 

Have  you been reading the same old bathroom book? Strange History is the perfect, entertaining read with funny anecdotes and facts from history. A great read for kids too, even as young as middle grades, since the stories are short – sometimes just a paragraph. Much like a Guinness Book of World Records, Strange History is super entertaining. It would be a fun gift for a hubby, gag gift or friend.

Available now: Strange History

 

The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill by Andrea Warren

Available now: The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas

**** 3.5/5 stars- Loved it – great for teens

A great read for any middle schooler (or adult really) who likes a taste of history.

Recommended readers:

  • Wyoming natives (have you been to Cody, the town founded by Buffalo Bill)
  • Western history buffs
  • Middle Schoolers

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 5/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

We all know the legend of Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show – but do we know what shaped and drove the man to be the charismatic, fearless entertainer that he was? Andrea Warren explores the sometimes sad, always challenging life that formed the man Billy Cody became. From the death of his older brother, to becoming the man of the house as early as 11. A fascinating read for an adult – and if you can get your teenager to read it too, even better.

Available now Amazon:  The Boy Who Became Buffalo Bill: Growing Up Billy Cody in Bleeding Kansas

Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends

Available November 17: Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends (Kid Legends)

**** 4/5 stars- Loved it – great for kidsdstabler-kidathletes

A great read for any middle grade kid who likes sports.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a soccer mom or dad (or baseball, football, hockey, etc)
  • Kids into sports – recommended middle grades
  • And if you’re just a sports fan

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 5/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

I loved the premise of this book – that amazing athletes who children idolize are real people too. As a parent, especially as my son is succeeding and failing at different activities, it’s a great perspective for him to have: That professional athletes are people who have won and lost throughout life. For my fourth-grader who is a Denver Broncos fan, he loved reading about Peyton Manning dancing the tango in front of his middle school. Other athletes included were Jackie Robinson, Yao Mind, Lionel Messi, Gabby Douglas, Tiger Woods and Danica Patrick. This is a fabulous read for middle grade kids who have an interest in sports – and covers a variety of sports, backgrounds and diversity with short stories and illustrations that make this especially good for middle grade readers.

Available now Amazon: Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends (Kid Legends)

Available Today: I Don’t Know How the Story Ends

Young Adult Review: I don’t Know How the Story Ends

***4/5 stars- Loved it

In the early days of Hollywood, a motley crew of youngsters seek to reckon the world around them and create a film of their own.

Recommended readers:

  •  Everyone, but especially Young Adult readers
  • Anyone interested in the early days of Hollywood

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

With their father away at war, staid narrator Isobel Ransom, her precocious little sister Sylvie, and their mysterious and high-mannered mother head to Hollywood to while away the summer at Aunt Buzzy’s, and that’s just the start of the entertaining array of characters that populate J.B. Cheaney’s Young Adult novel. The girls are quickly drawn into the wild-west world of new Hollywood by their cousin Ranger Bell, a young aspiring filmmaker, with heartwarming and entertaining results. Though written for a younger audience, this little charmer has all of the good stuff:  the power of framing a story, coming of age, and characters who leap off the page.

Available October 6th on Amazon.com: I Don’t Know How the Story Ends