WHAT I'M READING

I am always reading books. Are you?

Here are some new books I’ve read and loved:

 

THE BLACKTHORN KEY by Mark Sands:  As a lover of historical fiction and mysteries, this was the perfect combination of the two.  Christopher Rowe is an apprentice to an apothocary in London in 1665.  He loves his job - learning about different herbs and potions and explosives.  But when the Cult of the Archangel kills his master, Christopher finds himself front and center of proving who is behind it, all while running for his own life.  A exciting, fast-paced story that makes your heart race, Christopher Rowe is a kind and smart protagonist that you can't help routing for.  The first in a series, it will be great to keep reading about Christoper Rowe!

 

NIGHT WITCHES by Kathryn Lasky - Another great historical fiction book - Valya has been flying since she was young.  Her father was an instructor for the flight training center in Engles in the Soviet Union.  So when war breaks out, Valya wants to join the Night Witches, a group of women fliers whose mission is to destroy the Germans.  But her mother won't let her go although her older sister, Tatyana does.  When Valya's home is destroyed by a German bomb and her mother is killed by a sniper, Valya becomes even more determined to join the Witches, find her sister and destroy the Germans.  A little known story of these brave women and their contribution to helping the Allies in World War II. 

 

REFUGEE by Alan Gratz - Told from three different perspectives and three time periods, this is the amazing story of three young people fleeing for their lives - refugees from Germany before World War II, Cuba under Castro, and Syria during the present civil war.  Alternating viewpoints, you follow Josef, Isabel and Mahmoud as they fight their way toward freedom.  Gratz has done an amazing job ending each chapter in a way that makes you keep turning the pages.  A book that will help students understand the hardships and heartbreak that refugees face as they leave all they've known behind.  Highly recommended.

 

 

 

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About Me

My favorite hobbies:
Traveling, writing, spending time with my girls, my sister and my friends

My favorite saying:
We make a living by what we get – but we make a life by what we give!

One strange fact about me: I had braces at age 33

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My advice on writing: don't ever give up if this is what you want more than anything else in the world! If you are truly a writer, you will be unable not to write.

 

 

 

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