Reviews by Alice J.
Titles are listed alphabetically by the author's last name. You can click the title of each book to check its availability in the WPL catalog.
Up Close, Babe Ruth: A Twentieth Century Life|
This new biography of the greatest baseball player who ever lived tells all about the man, the image and the sport. From his sad early life till his retirement from the game he loved, George Herman Ruth enjoyed life as a prankster as well as a strong and popular athlete. Both his strengths and his weaknesses are discussed. Many statistics are included in this well written biography. It will be enjoyed for all fans age 11 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y921 Ruth
Skinny Sam Lewis tries to prepare for the fight his former best friend warns him about. The seventh graders are to meet on the playground after lunch. Sam tries to figure out why Morgan wants to do this when they used to be so close. Their friendship changed with middle school and the arrival of new friend Chris. While Morgan has become a star football player, Sam has his reputation as math geek, a math genius that nobody cares about. While Sam counts down the minutes before his impending doom, he also tells about their past. Typical middle school story will be popular with it's funny hero and simple drawings. For ages 10 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Hasak-Lowy
Having tuberculosis in 1940 meant that patients might be confined to a sanitorium for treatment. These isolating residences kept the patients well rested, well fed and less active until they were well. Thirteen year old Evvy is sent to Loon Lake, away from her family until she recovers. Here she finds roommates who may not be too friendly, but are all suffering with loneliness as they fight this debilitating disease. Evvy learns that some patients go home, not nesessarily back to their families, but weaken and die despite the latest treatments since there is no cure. This sad time in our history is told with news articles and letters as well as conversations between the girls. A serious story for ages 10 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Hayles
Nothing But the Truth, and a Few White Lies|
Justina Chen Headley
Patty Ho is a half Taiwanese and half white teen living with her older Harvard-bound brother and her strict mother. Keeping mostly to herself, Patty does not feel comfortable in either culture. At a summer math camp at Stanford University, she discovers that being Hapa means she inherits the best of both worlds. Smart new friends help her realize that she can be smart, independent, make friends and still be herself. Headley's first novel is good for ages 12 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Headley
Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith|
This is a fascinating biography of Charles Darwin. Details are given about his wealthy family, his early travels and research, as well as his hard decision on whether or not he should marry. Once Darwin decided, he believed it was the right choice for him to marry Emma Wedgewood, his first cousin (a common practice at that time). This couple remained very close for their entire lives. Charles' first concern was Emma and their children. He always showed her his writing, as she became his best editor and critic. Because he was so sickly, Emma usually nursed him like she did the young children. His biggest concern was denying any belief in religion while staying married to a deeply religious woman. Her hope to be with Charles for eternity was constantly in her mind. This book will be a good read for those ages 10 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y921 Darwin
Things Left Unsaid: A Novel in Poems|
Both long and short poems describe Sarah's life as a high school junior looking for a change. Tired of always being good, Sarah gets immersed in the world of a dangerous new friend who has an all black wardrobe, a smoking habit and a negative attitude towards others. As Sarah neglects her other friends, she also questions where her true self has gone. When her friend Robin attempts suicide, Sarah realizes that this wasn't the friendship that she really wanted. For ages 11 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Hemphill
The Once Upon a Time Map Book|
Six magical places from your favorite stories are drawn with vivid details and points of interest. The book includes Peter Pan’s Neverland, Dorothy’s Land of Oz, Alice’s Wonderland, Jack’s Giant’s Kingdom, Aladdin’s Kingdom, and Snow White’s Enchanted Forest. See if you can find all the hidden treasures.
WPL Call Number: J912 HE
My Chocolate Year|
Dorrie Meyers is a 5th grader on Chicago's West Side in 1945. Like Charlotte Herman's own family, they are very close and concerned about relatives missing in Europe. Dorrie's main concern is the Sweet Semester baking contest her fifth grade teacher holds each year. She can't decide what to make, yet she really wants to win and get her picture in the paper. This delicious book includes 12 recipes which Dorrie tries to make. For ages 8 and up.
WPL Call Number: J Herman
Naked Bunyip Dancing|
A new and unusual teacher in this Australian school helps his students gain confidence as they learn about themselves. This novel in verse is a fast read as each student tells of their year in class. For ages 10 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Herrick
My Big Sister Is So Bossy She Says You Can't Read This Book|
Effie Maloney tells why she is in trouble and how her sister, Maxey started it all. Usually, Effie went along with her older sister's ideas but she has to learn to stand up to Maxey. Winning the school's Discovery Project with a best friend is very important to young Effie. See how Effie adjusts to her changing family since her father went to jail and her grandfather died. A humorous family story for ages 9 and up.
WPL Call Number: J Hershey
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