ANASTASIA AND HER SISTERS
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015
Anastasia was a young girl living what appeared to be a fairy tale life. The daughter of Tsar Nicholas of Russia, she was an actual princess. Her family traveled around Russia showing off the beautiful princess dressed in the finest clothes. Anastasia's brother had a very painful illness and the family hides that fact from the public. The times are not good. There is great poverty in the country and the people have become desperate. The Tsar's power is weakening and beautiful little Anatasia is in danger. When Germany declares war on Russia, the world changes for all involved.
North York, ON : Arthur Press, 2014
When Mara's little brother tells her about his death, Mara is not quite sure what is going on. He talks about his brothers and his other sister. OK, it is normal for 4-year-olds to make up stories and have imaginary friends. But this feels different. When Mara learns that her mother and step-father knew about these stories but never said anything, she can't let it go. She asks Soren lots of questions about the time he was Cole and the story begins to focus. With the help of friends, Mara learns about a murder that took place 15 years ago in a neighboring town. The little boy who was murdered by his own father was named Cole. Could there really be a connection? Could Soren be the reincarnation of Cole? Could his memories be real?
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014
Dan is a high school senior with a great life and a wonderful future ahead of him. He has loving parents and is on track for a baseball scholarship. He dreams that he may even get drafted right out of school. His girlfriend is beautiful if a bit demanding. All this is about to change. His parents have lost their jobs and have been living on savings and part time work. That just doesn't take care of all the bills and now they have lost their house. Living with their uncle isn't working out so great so the family is forced to move to Dignityville -- the town's tent city. With so many people losing their jobs, the town has designated land near the center of town for a tent city. Can anything be worse than living in a homeless camp?
IN THEIR SHOES
New York : Simon Pulse, 2015
Have you ever thought about someone's life and wondered what it would be like to walk in their shoes? The author has chosen women in all sorts of occupations to help you walk in their shoes. Go beyond job descriptions and educational requirements for jobs and find out what they are like from women living in them. There are interviews with women who are working at a variety of jobs.
Today we add the last podcast from Ms. Jennifer Sacks' class in Darien CT. I've enjoyed sharing these and I know I learned about some good books. Thank you to all the students who shared their books with us.
Today's podcast is from Lennan, Grade 7, Middlesex Middle School, Darien CT
New York : Puffin, 2010
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