It's time for a new Book Review Challenge. In the first month of 2010, I will review books written by one dozen different authors, at least. That's three authors a week. Whew! I hope I'm up to the challenge.
In the meantime, I have pulled some books off the shelf that deserve a second look. Civil War buffs will enjoy the book An Island Far From Home by John Donohue. Joshua, a 12-year-old boy in Massachusetts starts writing to Private John Meadows, a fourteen-year-old Confederate soldier imprisoned at George's Island. Neither boy is too excited at the prospect of writing to an enemy; Josh, because his father died at Fredericksburg and John, because he was already a prisoner of the Union army. Read the book to find out what happens between these two very different boys. This book will appeal to readers in grades 4 and up.
The Sacrifice by Kathleen Benner Duble tells the story of 10-year-old Abby Faulkner and her family, caught up in the madness of the Salem Witch panics. Friends, neighbors and even family members are not spared from the awful accusations and the terrible punishments meted out to imagined "witches". See how the hysteria spreads through the eyes of one girl and those closest to her. This book will appeal to history buffs in grades 5 and up.