Monday, April 25, 2016

Books for Young Adults

How can a war save someone’s life?  War is a place where people are hurt or killed, correct?

In this Newbery Honor book, author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley tells the fiction story of a young disabled girl and her healthy brother.  They live in the top floor of an apartment building in London during WWII with their mother.  Like so many British children of the time, they are evacuated to the country when the bombing begins.

In the country they both find a much gentler and sweeter life when they find a home with an older single woman.  This is also a story of a young girl with a serious disability who finds acceptance and compassion with a stranger who is much different than her own abusive mother.  How she comes to view herself because of her very different surroundings and her new relationships with others is a story worth telling and reading. 

Get on the waiting list for “The War that Saved my Life”—soon. 

A teacher gives 14 year old Joan Skraggs a book in which to write her thoughts.  It is that gift of a diary that allows this young cleaning woman of 1911 to dream and to imagine.  Life is hard for a hired girl on a Pennsylvania farm where the work never ends.  Joan seeks adventure and a better life for herself.  As she pours out her heart to her diary, she begins to see herself with a different future.
Laura Amy Schlitz has written a book that has been chosen by the Junior Library Guild. It is also the winner of the 2016 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction and winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
Written in the first person, one travels the journey with this young lady.  Will she find love?  Will she find her own home someday?  Will she live her life with dignity?  You can find out by reading, “The Hired Girl”.

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