Reviews by Joanna N.
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.
Memory Boy: A Novel|
It's July, 2008, and monstrous volcano eruptions in Washington State have produced ash which has fallen for 2 years, bringing life as Miles knows it to an end. Miles must somehow get his family to safety through roads patrolled by thugs and other desperate people and where restaurants charge .00 for breakfast for "strangers." Great suspense and uncomplicated reading for grades 6 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Weaver
So B. It: A Novel|
Heidi lives with Bernadette and Mama, who is mentally disabled. Mama has always said her name was " So B. It." Apart from that name, Heidi knows almost nothing about her mother or her own past life. Heidi is a girl who wants answers. When she can't live with this mystery any longer she sets off on a journey to solve the puzzle of who she really is. At the end of the journey, the title of the book takes on new meaning. Recommended for girls and boys 5th grade and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Weeks
Listening for Lions|
Rachel, daughter of missionaries in Africa, loses her parents in the Influenza Epidemic of 1919. Now an orphan, she falls into the hands of a rich, unscrupulous couple who force her to leave her beloved Africa and go to England, while posing as their daughter. This story and its heroine, have a very classic feel and the sense of place is beautifully evoked, especially for Africa. Recommended, especially for girls, grades 5 and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Whelan
Summer of the War|
Belle, age 14, and her siblings look forward to spending every summer with their grandparents at the family cottage on Lake Huron. Their vacation there is full of time-honored traditions and pastimes. Every cherished event and relationship is the same each year. Although they don't know it, this year, 1942, will be different. Far away, there is a war going on, and their sophisticated cousin from France, whom they have never met, will be coming to join them in Michigan. The war and the cousin's visit disturb the balance of this family. A very well-written family story for readers interested in characters.
WPL Call Number: Y Whelan
The Revealers, by Doug Wilhelm Three 7th grade victims of bullying at Parkland School (also referred to as "Darkland" School) use the school Internet to collect and publish stories about bullying from other students. The three call themselves "The Revealers" and the published stories start a school-wide discussion about bullying. Exciting and thoughtful story with provocative characters. For girls and boys 5th grade and up.
WPL Call Number: Y Wilhelm
Teeth, Tails, & Tentacles: An Animal Counting Book|
Illustrated with Wormell's beautiful and distinctive linoleum block prints, which reflect his admiration for the classic Victorian illustrators of children's books, this book will be treasured long after a child has learned to count. Included are interesting notes about the 20 animals, which include the clouded leopard and the lemur.
WPL Call Number: JE Wormell
Rex Zero and the End of the World|
Rex Norton-Norton ("Norton" minus "Norton" = "Zero") has recently moved to Ottawa. It's 1962, and all the grown-ups seem to talk about is the Cold War, but Rex would just like to make some new friends and find some fun. The story is full of wacky, mysterious people and situations. Rex's family is irresistibly funny. Recommended especially for boys grades 4 and 5.
WPL Call Number: J Wynne-Jones