Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Review: Ghost

Ghost Ghost by Jason Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book! Castle Crenshaw, who goes by the nickname "Ghost", is always running. It all started when his father went kind of nuts, and began shooting at him and his mother. Now, his dad is in jail, his mom is working hard to take care of them, and Ghost has inadvertently joined a real track team. He had never, ever thought of running as a real sport. Coach tries to teach Ghost the finer points of being a runner, but with troubles in school, and making a really bad choice in a store, Ghost is fighting an uphill battle.
This book is well written, with real characters and situations that any middle school kid can relate to. I loved Coach, and totally loved Ghost.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Review: The War that Saved My Life

The War that Saved My Life The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! I could not put it down! This is the remarkable story of nine year-old Ada, and her little brother, Jamie. They are extremely poor, and live in a one room apartment with their Mam. Ada was born with a club foot, and her Mam treats her horribly. She is not allowed to leave the apartment, she can only crawl around on the floor, and her mother really abuses her, both verbally and physically. When England goes to war with Germany in 1940, the children in London are sent to the country in order to be safe from the bombing of London. Ada's mother refuses to let her children leave, and that's when Ada comes up with a plan to escape. Ada and Jamie are taken in by a lady named Susan, and in the country, all their lives are changed forever. Great story.

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