HELLO blogosphere! I’ve missed you while I was away camping – okay not really the blogosphere but the awesome people I get to talk to on it. 🙂
So the big question was – how many books will I read while I was away camping for a whole week –
Here is the run down –
12 middle grade books and 2 graphic novellas (so I am not sure if I should say I read 12 or 14) and yes I did go fishing, hiking, bike riding, visited touristy things, roasted marshmallows and
got bit by misquotes had a really great time! 🙂
What books did I read?
1. Spirit Animals #3 Blood Ties by Garth Nix and Sean Williams
2. Cassidy Jones and the Luminous by Elise Stokes
4. Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
5. After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick
6. Greenhorn by Anna Olswanger
7. Hardy Belch and the Internet Predator by
8. Choice of Twilight by Tyler Wise
9. Ollie and the Science of Treasure Hunting by Erin Dionne
10. The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson
11. Mystery on a Church Hill by Steven K. Smith
12. Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus by Tom Angleberger
13. Toto Trouble by Thierry Coppee
14. The Legend of Chima: The Right Decision
Guess what else I found on vacation? A LITTLE FREE LIBRARY! It was right in Lackawanna State Park where we were camping! How cool!
Now for a review of a great book I read while I was away!
By Anna Olswanger
Illustrated by Miriam Nerlove
48 pages – ages Middle grade
Published by NewSouth Books on December 3, 2012
Aaron, a young Jewish boy living in 1946 Brooklyn, attends a yeshiva (boarding school for Jewish boys). When 20 boys who survived the holocaust and came from a concentration camp arrive at the yeshiva, they fit right in. All except one. Daniel barely talked, and he always kept a hold of a small tin box. Daniel goes through relentless teasing from the other boys (except Aaron, who is also teased because of his stutter, and became a friend of Daniel’s) because he would not say what it contained. When the boys get fed up, they manhandle the box away from Daniel. When the rebbe (teacher) walks in on this, he has Daniel open the box (after stopping the boys, of course). It contains a bar of soap. Not a big deal, right? Not quite. Apparently, the Nazis had experimented making soap in the concentration camps. Daniel has it to remember his deceased parents.
This was a well-written nonfiction story about a holocaust concentration camp survivor and the friend he makes in Aaron. But, it is also about so much more. The story is for middle grade readers but it is only 48 pages (with illustrations). The writing was solid and the story was incredible but I would have liked the story to be expanded into a full novel – it was that good and it would be better for kids my age to have more details/backstory. The book is based on a true story. Aaron is a real person (with a different name of course) and I think that I would’ve liked to have met the young Rabbi Rafael Grossman (AKA Aaron). The color illustrations were a nice addition to the story and went well with it. The history taught in the book and the message – is very important. I’d just love to see this as a novel. The publisher has a parent and teacher guide to go along with the story. You can find it HERE.
To learn more about Ms. Olswanger, Greenhorn and the film that the book is being turned into, please visit her website HERE.