Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Iron Peacock

After narrowly escaping death at the hands of Cromwell's men, 16-year-old Joanna Sprague finds herself penniless and alone in the New World,with no plans for her life and no one to rely on. After six weeks at sea, her father, the only other relation she had in the world, died of sea fever, leaving Joanna in the hands of the ship's captain. Upon reaching the New World, Joanna is sold as an indentured slave to the Iron Works. How will Joanna adjust from having every luxury in the world to being a kitchen maid in the home of strict, puritan Master John Gifford? Mary Stetson Clarke's The Iron Peacock is a heart grasping, challenging, and perseverance-filled book that you will enjoy reading over and over again!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A Murder For Her Majesty

After witnessing the horrible murder of her father, eleven-year-old Alice Tuckfield finds herself fleeing to York to escape death herself. After arriving in York, she is accidentally knocked down in the street by a young boy named Geoffrey, who takes her home as an apology for hurting her. Before long, Alice is accepted by the choir boys that live with Geoffrey, and soon she is disguised as one of them and singing in the choir as Alister Tucker. But what happens when she is found out? Will her father's murderers kill her as well? A Murder for Her Majesty by Beth Hilgartner is a fun, humorous, and exciting book that you will want to read all over again!

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Westing Game

Sam Westing is dead. Or at least, he's supposed to be dead. Sixteen supposedly random people are invited to Sam Westings funeral only to find that one of the attendants was possibly a murderer! “Remember,” the will says “ It's not what you have but what you don't have that counts.” Whatever that's supposed to mean, nobody knows. Join in the fun as you meet all the characters and help them figure out who exactly Sam Westing is and who could possibly have murdered him? This is a really good book!

Luther

This book was HORRIBLE. No, not really, but it was a little dull compared to most other books I've read. It is a very factual book. A history book. It was however, a very good book for learning more details on Luther's life. I learned a lot about Luther's life that I had never heard. You can decide for yourself what you think by reading Luther Biography of a Reformer.

Master Cornhill

Michael had led a relatively happy life until the plague hit London and Mistress True blood, his foster mother. After being sent away from London, the plague ends and Michael returns home. But all his family and friends had perished, and Michael is forced to find a way of life by himself. During the story, Michael finds friends in the most unlikely places who encourage him during incredibly hard times of change. When all of London burns down in the Great Fire, Michael looks ahead into the future as his one hope. This is a good book!

Leonardo da Vinci

When we think of Leonardo da Vinci, we usually think of a great artist, or of the Mona Lisa. And that's about it. But there is more to Leonardo than meets the eye. Leonardo was a great inventor, and loved to study the flight of birds and the delicate shape and coloring of the wild flowers that grew on the mountain. He loved to create war machines. He was a great thinker. He even came to the conclusion that to take life from anything was senseless and stupid! How many people in history ever say that!? You can find out more by reading Emily Hahn's Leonardo da Vinci. It's a very good book!

The Shakespeare Stealer

All he wanted was to be swept away into a family that would love him. Instead, Widge was taken to work for Dr. Bright, who later passed him on to the foreboding Falconer and Mr. Bass. His new job is to steal the play Hamlet by copying the words in a notebook. But when he is caught, his lies get him welcomed into the life onstage. As time passes, Widge realizes how much he loves being a part of the family of actors that watch out for each other. Will he break the truth to his friends and warn them of Mr. Bass's plot to steal Hamlet? Or will he accomplish his original mission? I'm not going to tell you because you need to read Gary Blackwood's The Shakespeare Stealer and find out for yourself!

The Second Mrs. Gioconda

E.L. Konigsburgs The Second Mrs. Gioconda is Salais story. Salai is a known thief. Even Leonardo da Vinci, who thrived in Salais company, describes him as a “ liar, thief, mule-head”and “glutton”. Salai is not the sort to bond with or depend on anyone. But when Duchess Beatrice enters Salais life, Salai finds someone like himself to bond with. This book is not only about Salai, but also about what was happening around him. In the end, a guess is made as to who Mona Lisa is. You could call it a sort of history book. At any rate, this is a good book!

The Phantom Tollbooth

Do you feel like life is dull? Do you feel like there really isn't any point to anything? Do you not even feel like feeling like any thing at all? Well so does Milo. The Phantom Tollbooth is Milos story. Everything seems pointless...... until the mysterious tollbooth appears in Milos room and takes him on an adventure he will never forget. Milo learns the importance of words, numbers, noise, music, color, and fun. This clever book is full of fun and may even give you some insight as to why learning is not only important but also fun! This is a GREAT BOOK!

Mary, Bloody Mary

Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer is the tragic-filled story of Bloody Mary. The book goes deep into detail and could pass as a history book. Full of intensity, feeling, and passion, this book helped me understand the true story of pain that Mary went through and helped me view her from a different perspective. This may be a hard book, but it's also a wonderful insight.

Catherine, Called Birdy

“She's not your average damsel in distress....” Karen Cushmans Catherine, Called Birdy is Catherine's opinion on who she thinks she should marry. See for yourself by reading through Catherine's own journal, listening to her random thoughts, and laughing at the pranks she plays to avoid getting married. She may not be pretty, but she's clever! This is a very GOOD BOOK!

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver

e. l. Konigsburgs A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver is the story of Queen Eleanor, looking back on her life on earth from heaven. Three very dear friends from Eleanors life-time join her and retell the story from their perspective. Did Queen Eleanor truly lead a God fearing life? Or was she selfish and proud? You'll have to decide for yourself, but one thing is for sure, you will LOVE this book!

Shadow of a Bull

Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska is the story of a young boy, Manolo, whose father was a famous bull fighter. Manolos father was killed in as accident with a bull and now everyone expects Manolo to succeed his father in fame and give Spain a hero to be proud of. But Manolo has a secret. He is a coward and is afraid to enter the bull ring. But the day comes when he is brought out to see his first bull fight and begin training. It is fun to watch Manolo learn to overcome his fear, not only of entering the bull ring, but also of standing up for himself even if it means disappointing all of Spain. This is a good book!

I, Juan de Pareja

I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino is the story of a young slave who, being the only survivor after his Masters household is overcome by the plague, is sent to live and work for Don Diego. Juan's new master is a painter, and after years of working for and with the master, Juan finds that he desperately wants to paint. But the law forbids that slaves be learned in any trade at all. But Juan experiments behind the masters back until his conscience bothers him to the point of confession. What will happen? I'm not going to tell you because you need to read this book and find out yourself!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Great and Terrible Quest

The Great and Terrible Quest, by Margaret Lovett, is the story of a young orphan, Trad, who meets a mysterious old man with a ghastly half healed wound on his head. The old man can not seem to remember anything, only this: he was on a certain quest, something important but dangerous. Trad is set on helping this man complete his task, and remember what it is along the way. It is a dangerous journey to the city, with many enemies to avoid, including Trad's angry, wicked Grandfather, whom he ran away from. This is an exciting book that never fails to leave you in suspense. I loved this book!

The Samurai's Tale

Erik Christian Haugaard's The Samurai's Tale, is an exciting book about a young Japanese boy, Taro, whose whole family was killed when he was only five years old. The invaders who killed his family, spare him and take him back with him to work as a servant for Lord Akiyama. Taro dreams of being a samurai, but he has to earn his way there. This is an exciting book full of adventure and action. I love this book!