Making Bombs for Hitler – Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Historical Fiction / March 26, 2019

Her neighbors wearing the yellow star were all taken away, but Lida is not Jewish. She will be fine, won’t she? But she cannot escape the horrors of World War II. Lida’s parents are ripped away from her, and she is separated from her beloved sister, Larissa. The Nazis take Lida to a brutal work camp, where she and other Ukrainian children are forced into backbreaking labor. Starving and terrified, Lida bonds with her fellow prisoners, but none of them know if they’ll live to see tomorrow. When Lida and her friends are assigned to make bombs for the German army, Lida can’t stand the thought of helping the enemy. Then she has an idea. What if she sabotaged the bombs… and the Nazis? Can she do so without getting caught? And if she’s freed, will she ever find her sister again? This pulse-pounding novel of survival, courage, and hope shows us a lesser-known piece of history– and is sure to keep readers captivated until the last page. (Description taken from the book: Making Bombs for Hitler. Story — Violence/Scariness — Very wide range of injuries/deaths. Language — Nazi soldiers yell at their captives. Sex/Love — N/A Drugs/Alcohol — N/A…

Whistling in the Dark – Shirley Hughes
Historical Fiction / March 22, 2019

“Liverpool, 1940: Thirteen-year-old Joan’s home is under constant threat from the Nazis’ terrifying nightly air raids. Everyone is on edge, faced with strict food rationing, curfews, and blackouts. It’s not an easy time to be a teenager. Joan’s one solace is going to the movies with her best friend, Doreen, but when the bombings intensify, even that becomes too dangerous, especially when a strange man is found lurking near their home. Who is he, and why does he think Joan can help him? As the Blitz worsens, Joan and her friends make a discovery that will tear the whole community apart. In the hardship of war, everything seems to be rationed– except true friendship. From beloved author Shirley Hughes comes a compelling wartime adventure set during the Liverpool Blitz. (Description taken from the book: Whistling in the Dark. Story — Violence/Scariness — Bombings, a teenager is threatened with torture, a car tries to run over some kids, a car hits a kid and breaks one of his bones, a teenager is in a church when a bomb goes off and is injured, Joan’s mom gets sick, there is war, people are killed from the bombings. Language — God is used,…

Hero on a Bicycle – Shirley Hughes

Florence, Italy, 1944: The city is under heavy Nazi occupation, but for thirteen-year-old Paolo, war is a long and boring wait. Too young to fight for the resistance, yet desperate for action and adventure, he sneaks out each night to ride his bicycle along the darkened city streets. For Paolo, the risk is thrilling. But when he is accosted by Partisans–covert members of the anti-Nazi movement–thrilling quickly becomes dangerous as Paolo and his family are thrust into a terrifying and impossible situation. Finally at the center of the action, Paolo must figure out once and for all whether he has what it takes to truly be a hero. (Description taken from the book: Hero on a Bicycle. Story — Violence/Scariness — A dog gets shot in the head a couple of times and his brain and blood ooze out and there is a jagged hole where his eye used to be, there is war, death, bombs, shooting, people say that people get tortured by the Nazis, a couple different types of injuries. Language — Hell is said twice, people curse but they don’t say the word e.g. “he cursed it long and hard under his breath.” Sex/Love — Teens loving…

Voyage with the Vikings – Marianne Hering & Paul McCusker – #1

Mr. Whittaker, a kind but mysterious inventor, has sent cousins Patrick and Beth to Greenland through the Imagination Station. It’s year 1000, and they meet Viking Erik the Red, who is angry about the new God. Mr. Whittaker wants the cousins to find a Sunstone, but what does one look like? And what does it have to do with the mysterious letter found in the inventor’s workshop? Most important, can Patrick and Beth find a Sunstone before Erik’s sone Leif sails away with the Imagination Station on board his ship? (Description taken from the book: Voyage with the Vikings. Story — Violence/Scariness — Eric The Red swings his sword at Patrick. Language — N/A Sex/Love — N/A Drugs/Alcohol — N/A Other Info Title — Voyage with the Vikings Author — Marianne Hering & Paul McCusker Series — The Imagination Station Book in Series — #1 Pages — 108 Publishing Date — 2010 Publisher — Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. How to Get Voyage with the Vikings — Amazon-VoyageWithTheVikings *The more stars the better.

I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 – Lauren Tarshis

Barry’s family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans. But when Barrys’s little sister gets terribly sick, they’re forced to stay home and wait out the storm. At first, Katrina doesn’t seem to be as severe a storm as forecasters predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry’s world is literally torn apart. He’s swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century–alone? (Description taken from the book: I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005. Story — Violence/Scariness — Abe has a dog named Cruz that he says is a killer dog and if he says to the dog will go for the neck, people die because of the hurricane, the water Berry jumps into burns from fumes. Language — N/A Sex/Love — N/A Drugs/Alcohol — Other Info Title — I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 Author — Lauren Tarshis Series — I Survived Book in Series — N/A Pages — 95 Publishing Date — 2011 Publisher — Scholastic How to Get I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 — Amazon-I.S.HurricaneKatrina *The more stars the better.