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The Year of Goodbyes

The Year of Goodbyes

The Year of Goodbyes

12 year old Jutta Salzberg lives in Germany in 1938. She likes going to school and being with her friends and having fun – just like you. Jutta lives in 1938 though, when Adolf Hitler and the Nazis were in power. Hitler and the Nazis were responsible for the oppression and killing of Jewish people in Germany from 1941-1945. Jutta and her family are Jewish and try to live normally even though rules keep being passed that make their Jewish customs and way of life illegal. Finally, Jutta’s dad realizes that the only way they will survive is to leave everything and everyone they know and try to get to America.

In this book Jutta tells about her last year in Germany as she gradually says goodbye to all of the things and people she knows. Her friends leave one by one, because Jutta’s Dad is not the only Dad who fears what will happen to his familyi f they stay. Jutta doesn’t just tell you what happened though. This book is Jutta’s real autograph book. Young girls at this time in Germany kept autograph books which they would pass to each other to leave messages – kind of like Facebook on paper.

Jutta was a real girl and it is her daughter, Debbie Levy, who shares Jutta’s book with us. In the authograph book you can read messages that Jutta’s friends wrote that give you glimpses into the scary things that are happening around them. It ‘s hard to imagine that grown-ups would purposely hurt children in this way, but they did.

At the end, Debbie then tells what happened to each of the girls in the book, the girls that were Jutta’s friends before they all had to try to make an escape to safety. Of the 30 people mentioned in the book, only half of them survive. This one might bring some tears to your eyes, but it will make you feel really good too knowing that friendship can survive really terrible situations.

Here are some stories of other kids who were caught in the war just like Jutta. Kids who were sent away, hidden or had to run away. Anne Frank is also a real girl who left behind a very famous diary.
Number the Stars Best Friends Forever a WW II Scrapbook The Dragonfly Pool Anne Frank
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The Necromancer

The Necromancer

The Necromancer

The Necromancer is book 4 in the series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. The series tells the story of twins Sophie and Josh who are caught up in a centuries old battle over an ancient book that is supposed to hold the secret of eternal life. Sophie and Josh are thought to be the twins of an ancient prophecy, so both sides of the battle want them. Their problem is figuring out which side is the “good” side. Is it Nicholas Flamel or his rival, John Dee?

I would start with the first one with these. I actually like them more with each book. I especially liked The Necromancer because the tension between Sophie and Josh is growing as they try to figure out who is telling the truth.

Nicholas Flamel was probably a real person although his life is shrouded in mystery and legends have grown up around his story. Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel DID live in Paris in the 1300s. Both were alchemysts, were thought to be studying a mysterious book and were also thought to have figured out how to turn lead into gold & also the secret of eternal life. When Flamel died, belief that he had discovered the secret of eternal life also died…except for the story that a grave robber dug up his grave and found it empty. Hmm. Did he fake his death and is still around today? Truth or legend? You decide! It makes for a very good story though! You might remember that Nicholas Flamel is mentioned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone too. If you like that blending of historical bits and pieces into the story like J.K. Rowling does in the Harry Potter books, then I think you’ll like this series too. Author: Michael Scott

Series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel:

Book 1: The Alchemyst on CD, DownloadableeBookoreAudiobook
Book 2: The Magician on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
Book 3: The Sorceress on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
Book 4: The Necromancer on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
Book 5: The Warlock on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
Book 6: The Enchantress (2012)

More stories of brother/sister pairs who discover they are destined for adventure beyond their wildest imaginings:
The Red Pyramid Fablehaven The Maze of Bones Dragons of Ordinary Farm
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Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer

Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer

Theodore Boone Kid Lawyer

Theo Boone’s parents are both lawyers in the small town of Strattenburg. Theo loves anything to do with the Court House and his friends there; lawyers, judges, court clerks & policemen. Theo even keeps an office of his own. The kids at school come to him with their legal issues: How do I get my dog back from the pound? What will the custody hearing with my parents be like?

Theo is confident and gives out solid legal advice, especially for a thirteen-year-old. When a high profile murder case comes to his little town Theo is determined to get a seat at the trial so he can see the drama unfold firsthand. What he doesn’t count on is getting pulled into the drama himself when a classmate comes to him with information that could change the outcome of the trial. Information that could ensure the right killer is behind bars.

This is an entertaining look at the legal system. There are really two sides to consider…justice for the victim and the presumption of innocence for the accused. That means that a person is innocent until PROVEN quilty. There are laws that are designed to make sure innocent people don’t go to jail for things they didn’t do. Did you know that after a certain point in a trial new evidence can’t be introduced even if it can prove the guilt or innocence of the accused?

I think you’ll like meeting Theodore Boone and looking at the law like he does – from the inside. Author: John Grisham

If you like Theo, try the kid detective Fletcher Moon in Half Moon Investigations. The kids at school come to Fletcher when a mystery needs solved. Fletcher and Theo would make a good team.
Half Moon Investigations Order in the Court Encyclopedia Brown Saves the Day Kid Caramel Werewolf of PS 40
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Lost Hero Cover Revealed

Lost Hero Cover Revealed

lost-hero-cover

Here it is – another piece you’ve been waiting for – the cover of The Lost Hero. The mechanical dragon looks really cool!

You can read Rick Riordan’s comments about the cover and the new book on his blog called Myth & Mystery. He even talks about what kind of roll Percy plays in the new book.

What do you think of the first two chapters?

 

 

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Kid Review: The Girl Who Could Fly by Emily

Kid Review: The Girl Who Could Fly by Emily

The Girl Who Could Fly

Protected, homeschooled farm girl Piper McCloud can fly, really. When her secret is revealed to the people in her town Piper is quickly taken to a secret government facility. There are other special children ther for “training”. Piper meets other kids, kids with exceptional abilities like hers like  super speed, super intelligence, or the ability to  shrink! At first, the center seems like the right place for Piper and her new friends. But the longer she stays the more Piper begins to wonder, shat is the real reason the kids have been brought to the center? Can they leave whenever they want or are they prisoners?
This one is a Young Hoosier Grades 6-8 Nominee for 2010-2011.

Here is what Emily thinks:

I adored this book about a little girl who has been just floating around since she was a baby, she really does float around! She tries to fly, and succeeds. She loves to fly, but there is one problem. Her parents aren’t alright with her being different than other children, so she keeps it secret, until she accidently flies in front of everyone. Now they take her to a special place for kids that are different. She starts to relax in her new home, when she finds that something is wrong. This is such a sweet story, and I hope you read it! It should only be for children 9 and up.

I’ll just add that this is one book you really shouldn’t judge by the cover! Look at the cover in the Google Preview. As Simon Cowell would say, ” a MILLION times better!” Author: Victoria Forester

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