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Archive for the 'War' Category

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Pure Grit by Mary Cronk Farrell
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  I’m a nonfiction fan as readers of Booklist probably remember and already this year the numbers of interesting nonfiction is keeping me busy and happy.  One of the early arrivals is Pure Grit:  How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific (Abrams 2014).  There are many accounts of […]

Mon, April 21st, 2014
Stubby the War Dog by Ann Bausum
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  If I had a nickel for every kid who ever told me history was boring, I’d be living in the south of France eating glorious cheese and sipping a crisp Provencal rosé.  The trick to gaining history converts, I firmly believe, is in showing kids that history is really just people’s stories.  Well, here […]

Mon, August 12th, 2013
Imprisoned by Martin W. Sandler
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  Imprisoned:  The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II (Bloomsbury 2013) begins with a terrible irony.  800 American soldiers had battled their way across Germany to Dachau, where they discovered and liberated the survivors of that horrific place while their families at home were being held against their will in American versions of […]

Mon, April 15th, 2013
Henry Knox, a Boston Hero
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  Don Brown brings a pivotal historical event to life for young readers in Henry and the Cannons:  An Extraordinary True Story of the American Revolution (Roaring Brook, 2013).  This IS an extraordinary story!   I remember studying this in school in Boston and thinking it was pretty cool but it wasn’t till we visited […]

Wed, March 13th, 2013
Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  It’s March and we bloggers have mostly leaped into the new publishing year.   I’m still playing catch-up though and I’m so glad I didn’t miss Shadow on the Mountain (Abrams/Amulet 2012).  Preus writes about a part of WWII history that most of us know little about and bases her book on the “true […]

Fri, January 18th, 2013
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  There are times when I want to bang my head against the wall and shriek, “Why didn’t I read this sooner?”  I had Endangered (Scholastic 2012) for many months and somehow had never quite gotten around to it.  I knew I should too – there was something about the premise that just shouted “READ […]

Fri, November 16th, 2012
Dogs on Duty by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  This month as we honor our brave men and women who currently serve or who have served our country, please take time for this wonderful book that celebrates a special kind of brave and faithful soldier.  Dogs On Duty:  Soldiers’ Best Friends on the Battlefield and Beyond (Walker 2012) is the story of military […]

Fri, August 17th, 2012
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn:  As veteran Bookends readers know, we are never short of opinions!  So let me say straight out that Elizabeth Wein’s earlier Arthurian/Ethiopian series  is as innovative as it is beautifully written and, in my opinion anyway, never received the attention it deserved.  Her new book, Code Name Verity (Hyperion 2012) again displays this extraordinary […]

Wed, January 4th, 2012
Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn: I’m reading for Newbery this year so I’ve gifted myself with only an occasional upper YA book and most of them have been on audio.  Few have shaken me as much as Mal Peet’s newest, Life:  An Exploded Diagram (Candlewick 2011).  When brilliant narrator Simon Vance (Brilliance 2011) read the last sentence, all I […]

Wed, September 8th, 2010
Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Gary Paulsen first achieved fame with his Newbery Honor winner Hatchet, a tale of young Brian’s wilderness survival. He also wrote the acclaimed Soldier’s Heart, illuminating the horrors of the Civil War. In Woods Runner (Random House/Wendy Lamb, 2010), he combines war historical fiction with his strong suit of wilderness survival in a slim, […]

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