BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Lauren Tarshis

 

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Title: I Survived The Nazi Invasion, 1944
Author: Lauren Tarshis
Publisher: Scholastic
Ages: 7-11

Synopsis:

 

In a Polish ghetto, Max Rosen and his sister, Zena, struggle to live after their father is taken away by the Nazis. With barely enough food to survive, the siblings make a daring escape from Nazi soldiers into the nearby forest.

Max and Zena are brought to a safe camp by Jewish resistance fighters. But soon, bombs are falling all around them. Can Max and Zena survive the fallout of the Nazi invasion?

 

Why I think you should read it:

 

I’m currently doing research for book three of my early reader historical fiction series so of course my latest to-read titles are going to be along those same lines.

I like the “I Survived” series. These gripping stories are well written and include an imaginary cast of characters who seem so real that I’m speeding through pages just to see if they do indeed survive!

Max is a protective big brother who can’t understand all the senseless hate coming from people he once thought were his friends. He begins to lose hope things will ever get better while trying his best to protect his younger sister from the realities of a country torn apart by war.

With both parents gone, Zena has only Max to look after her. Life in a Nazi ghetto can easily destroy hope in a person but brave Zena still manages to see hope in every day things like a robin flying by.

Readers interested in learning more about natural and historical events will enjoy the I Survived series!

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BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Irma Joubert

 

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Title: The Girl From The Train
Authors: Irma Joubert
Publisher: Harper Collins Christian Publishing
Ages: Adult

Synopsis:

 

Six-year-old Gretl Schmidt is on a train bound for Auschwitz. Jakób Kowalski is planting a bomb on the tracks. Gretl escapes the train only to find herself lost in a country that hates her Jewish ancestry. Hurt and alone, Jakob discovers her and guilt prompts him to help her. For the next three years the two form a bond over the secrets they hide from his family.

Eventually Gretl is sent to South Africa, where German war orphans are promised bright futures with adoptive Protestant families—so long as Gretl’s Jewish roots, Catholic education, and connections to communist Poland are never discovered.
Saying goodbye to the only friend she has, Gretl is fearful they will never see each other again. But the events they have both survived have laid a foundation of love that even being separated by politics, religion, language, and years can’t undo.

Why I think you should read it:

 

From the very first moment when I’m falling from the train with Gretl and trying to defend myself against the cuts and bruises of rolling down the hillside, I was on a literary journey like no other. Gretl’s fears were my own as I wondered how she would survive hiding from the German search dogs or even find shelter in a country who despised her Jewish heritage?

Ms. Joubert is a magical storyteller who weaves gripping suspense with heart wrenching emotion into a story based on true events about a little orphan fighting to survive the effects of the Nazi war effort. Little Gretl can’t even relax her guard when she finds herself adopted by Protestant parents because one slip of her tongue could reveal her past and seal her doom. I was on the edge of my seat until the very last page. An absolute MUST read!

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BOOK NOOK REVIEWS:Robert J Skead with Robert A Skead

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Title: Submarines, Secrets & A Daring Rescue
Authors: Robert J Skead with Robert A Skead
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Ages: 9-11

Synopsis:

 
Fifteen-year-old twins, Ambrose and John Clark, find themselves in the service of the newly formed United States of America when they help transport much-needed gunpowder to the patriots. That is, until they have to attempt a prison break to rescue one of their old brothers. It’s hard being a kid when everyone around you are at war.

Why maybe you should read it:

This father/son writing team does a fine job of taking historical facts and weaving a tale of daring feats to capture the adventurous spirits of readers young and old. When I read the Skeads’ first book in this series titled PIRATES, REDCOATS & SPIES, I was immediately drawn into the world of Ambrose and John Clark’s challenge to make a difference during the birth of a new nation. This next book takes readers on another journey as the twins are put in charge of the American Turtle, the world’s first submersible used in combat. With rich literary story telling and accompanying illustrations, the latest book in this Revolutionary War series is sure to be a great addition to any library.
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BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Josh Armstrong

 

Grace

 

Title: Picture Of Grace
Author: Josh Armstrong
Illustrator: Taylor Bills
Publisher: Josh Armstrong
Ages: 4-8

 

Synopsis:

There’s nothing Grace loves more than being with her grandfather and watching him create something beautiful in his art room. But when Grandpa Walt works on what would become his greatest masterpiece, Grace discovers how she can help carry on a family tradition.

 

Why you should read it:

Many times I am asked to review a self-published book and it turns out to be a struggle to find something nice to say about the story or illustrations. This is not the case with Mr. Armstrong’s delightful story about the love between a grandfather and a grandchild that goes far beyond the grave. Even the richly detailed illustrations by Taylor Bills draw readers into the world of Grandpa Walt and little Grace. Nice work by this author and for most people a great addition to the home library

 

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International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: William Wise

 

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Title: Zany Zoo
Author: William Wise
Illustrator: Lynn Munsinger
Publisher: Walter Lorraine Books
Ages: 4-8

 

Synopsis:

 

Welcome to the Zany Zoo!
An unusual bunch in here,
It’s true,
But if fun and silliness are
What you seek,
Turn the pages, take a peek…

 

Why you should read it:

 

What kid (or adult for that matter) doesn’t enjoy visiting animals at the zoo? Young readers will be in for a huge surprise when they turn the pages to discover the delightful antics from the menagerie of animals hiding within the pages of Mr. Wise’s engaging book. You can meet Carlotta the Cow or even Wally the Whale as well as a multitude of other creatures all featured in this children’s book featuring kid-friendly poetry.

Ms. Munsinger’s vibrant illustrations are a whimsical backdrop to the fun poems and I wouldn’t be surprised if some readers don’t join in the fun come party time!

 

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LUNADAR: Homeward Bound

Ruler by day, a reluctant pirate by night, 18-year-old Princess Ariana fights for her subjects in the waterfall city of LUNADAR. In a kingdom surrounded by fairies and mermaids, and ravaged by deadly Drundles, only a chosen few are trusted to guard her daughter, Candra, as the secret heir to the throne. But it only takes one ill-fated meeting for Ariana to suddenly be plunged into an escalating web of secrets found in her father’s journal, a deadly kidnapping, and an ever-weakening resolve to turn her back on the call of the merman’s song. With Ariana’s world falling apart and the future of LUNADAR at stake, how will she bring her father’s murderer to justice and fulfill a deathbed promise to protect Lunadar’s legacy?

$16.99

 

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donna

 

International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Aaron Zenz

 

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Title: The Hiccupotamus
Author/Illustrator: Aaron Zenz
Publisher: Scholastic
Ages: 4-8

 

Synopsis:

 
There was a hippopotamus
Who hiccupped quite-a-lotamus
And every time he got’emus
He’d fall upon his bottomus

 

Why you should read it:

 

All I can say is everything about this picture book is cute! Cute illustrations, cute rhyme, cute premise. Who hasn’t struggled with a bout of hiccups that just wouldn’t go away? Oh how I laughed as I eagerly turned the pages to see what would happen next. What a delightful addition to any home library!

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donna

 

International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.

 

BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: David Catrow

 

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Title: Funny Lunch
Author/Illustrator: David Catrow
Publisher: Orchard Books
Ages: 4-8

 

Synopsis:

 

Max creates a hilarious lunchtime adventure as he serves up one hysterical meal after another at his own diner.

 

Why you should read it:

 
I think David Catrow might be one of my favorite current illustrators. I’ve read many of the books he has either written or illustrated and love every one! Max is such an adorable character and I had to smile at his eagerness to show off his culinary skill. Mr. Catrow’s artwork style is so distinctive that I find myself pouring over each page, inspecting every nuance as I find myself drawn into each engaging storyline. FUNNY LUNCH is no exception and would be a great addition to any home or school library.
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donna

 

International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), is now available in eBook and print form from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, and other online retailers.