The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA ~ Brenda Woods

Happy Book Birthday to The Unsung Hero!  Rating: 3/5 This is a middle grade book that I felt really got inside the mind of twelve-year-old Gabriel. It's 1946, and Gabriel is super excited to receive his shiny new bike on his birthday, which he promptly takes for a spin. The very first time he rides … Continue reading The Unsung Hero of Birdsong, USA ~ Brenda Woods

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Inside Out and Back Again ~ Thanha Lai

Rating: 5/5 I'm so excited about this book in verse. I'm not typically a fan of poetry, but for some reason the book in verse is more accessible to me, I think because the storyline is more arching and I don't have to maintain constant focus. I'm planning to read this to the kids, as … Continue reading Inside Out and Back Again ~ Thanha Lai

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes ~ Eleanor Coerr

Rating: 5/5 Sadako is a character I fell in love with. Her enthusiasm for life despite all odds filled me with hope. Sadako is a young girl living in Hiroshima. She is lively and athletic, a runner on her school's racing team. However, she is diagnosed with leukemia, and goes to the hospital for medicine. … Continue reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes ~ Eleanor Coerr