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


SAMURAI RISING by Pamela Turner - This is the true story of Minamoto Yoshitsune, one of Japan's most famous samurai.  Taken from his mother as a child after his father lost a battle with another great samurai and slated for obscurity, Yoshitsune is determined to become a samurai himself.  He disguises himself as a monk's servant in order to make his way to a sympathetic family and take up the arts of the samurai at the late age of 15.  From there, Yoshitsune goes on to be so creative and unafraid in his battles against his arch enemy the Taira, that his legends live on even today. Though a biography, this book is full of just enough battles, beheadings, and daring escapes to make this a real page-turner.  Don't miss it!


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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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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