Since I’ve fallen quite behind lately on my reading and haven’t done a storytime in a while due to a (still) mysterious illness, I decided to share some of my post-blogging day’s reviews! Now, these are all fairly short and to the point, but here are four reviews from varying genres to start with:
The Secrets of Mary Bowser by Lois Leveen
Centered around a strong female African American character, this book provides a story filled with inspiration and hope. Mary is a slave in Richmond, Virginia who is set free and sent North to receive an education by her wealthy mistress, Bet Van Lew. Mary leaves her beloved parents behind in Virginia to receive her education and realizes that she wants more than to just be free and educated; she wants to make a difference and help end slavery. So when Mary is given the chance to return to Richmond and turn spy for the Union against President Jefferson Davis, she takes
it. Along the way, Mary is confronted with many difficult choices, discovers love and loss, and risks everything she has to help end slavery. A wonderful, inspirational story I enjoyed reading and felt like I learned something from.
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
(Yes, I did pick up this book just because I loved the movie growing up.) Lots of adventure, fun characters, and magical lands intertwined with life lessons. Bastian Balthazar Bux unknowingly embarks on the adventure of a lifetime when he steals the Neverending Story and cuts school to read the book. A very thought provoking junior fiction fantasy novel which I’m sure would uncover more meaning each time it is read.
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
(Again I loved this movie …and then found out it was a book.) Great story full of magic, humor, and romance. The main character, Tristran Thorn, sets off on a mission to find a fallen star to give to the woman he thinks he loves. Along the way, he meets many interesting characters and has quite a few magical adventures in the mysterious land of Faerie. Overall, a very fun and exciting book you won’t want to put down.
I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
A teen sci-fi novel which is easy to follow, action-packed, funny, and entertaining. This is a book that’s hard to put down once you start reading. Aliens who look like humans trying to save our planet from the same fate their own planet suffered; destruction from the hands of the Mogadorians.
Have you read any of these? Or got any suggestions for me? I’d love to hear from you!