In 1975, toward the end of the Vietnam war, many children were airlifted away from the fighting in Vietnam and sent to The United States. Many of the children were orphans, but some of the children were put on the helicopters by their own parents, parents who hoped to keep their children from being hurt in the war.
Can you imagine how sad it would be to have to send your child to strangers in a strange land? And what if you were one of the children? Would you understand if your mom or dad sent you away, even it it was for a good reason?
all the broken pieces is the story of one of these children, Matt Pin, who still has nightmares about the war and carries in his heart a secret he is afraid to tell. It’s a secret he’s even afraid to think about too much.
Matt is 12 now and has loving adoptive parents here in The United States. He goes to school and he plays baseball. He is living the American dream his mother hoped for him when she put him on the helicopter to escape the war. But underneath the dream are Matt’s memories and the memories of what he left behind in Vietnam. These memories are too strong to ignore and too important to keep hidden.
I loved reading this story and watching Matt begin to reveal the pieces of his life he has kept secret. Matt’s story is the kind that makes you cry. Imagining yourself in his shoes, or in his Vietnamese mother’s shoes – that’s really hard. But Matt’s story also makes you feel good because you see the hope and goodness that grew out of a bad thing. That doesn’t mean the War didn’t cause a lot of pain, it just means that people survived the pain and made good things happen as they moved forward. That’s a really hopeful message. Author: Ann E. Burg
I think Holes was excellent. It was well written, and had a good plot. I especially liked how the story all tied together. Two thumbs up.
I agree with Elease, Holes is excellent! Here is a summary from the online catalog: “As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself.” Holes won the Newbery Medal in 1999 – along with a whole bunch of other awards. In 2003 Louis Sachar gave the Indianapolis McFadden Lecture. Kids lined up for hours to have him sign their books. He was a really good sport too and stayed until the line was finished. Author: Louis Sachar
Otto and his friends Wing, Laura, & Shelby are still at H.I.V.E., the Higher Institute of Villainous Education, for another year learning how to become the world’s supervillains. Still held against their will for this most unusual eduction, the kids are only sure of one thing, each other.
When Wing’s father unexpectedly dies, Wing and Otto are allowed to leave the island for the funeral, chaperoned of course, to prevent their escape. At the funeral, events take a terrible turn. The boys have been lured into a trap set up by Cypher, a criminal mastermind and the worst supervillain around. What Cypher wants is the Overlord Protocal, a device that will help him take over the world.
To fight Cypher, and make him pay for the terrible thing he’s done, Otto teams up with his friends and makes a tentative alliance with Dr. Nero, the man who holds them all captive inside H.I.V.E. Nothing makes a friendship like a common enemy, right? Who is Cypher? What is the Overlord Protocol? And what does Dr. Nero know? Author: Mark Walden
Will Burrows and his Dad like to dig. They head out to the outskirts of town and excavate sites in search of pieces of history. One day, they discover a mysterious abandoned tunnel and are sure they are about to uncover something amazing. Then, something truly mysterious happens, Will’s father disappears without a trace.
Will and his best friend Chester return to the tunnel in search of clues and find themselves in not only a simple tunnel, but in a labyrinth of tunnels that make a hidden world deep beneath modern day London. This hidden world is dark and different and full of people who distrust, even hate “Topsoilers” like Will, Chester, and Will’s father.
Who are the people living underground? Why are they there and why do they choose to live a life in darkness avoiding the people and society above? And why won’t they let Will go?
It’s 1852, 12-year-old Omakayas and her family are setting out on a dangerous and uncertain journey. Forced from their land by incoming white settlers, Omakayas and her people are travelling by canoe and by foot west along the shores of Lake Superior in search of a new home. They set out prepared for a long, hard winter but unexpected things happen that put their survival in question. There are unfriendly enemies to avoid, a forest fire and an evil traitor who puts all their lives in peril by stealing their food and other provisions. Near starvation, the group trudges forward bouyed by their attachment to each other and the way of life they cherish. Omakaya’s story shows how people can survive and overcome even the most perilous circumstances. Author: Louise Erdrich