Archive for July, 2009

Pictures of Hollis Woods – 15

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Pictures of Hollis Woods – by Patricia Reilly Giff – Hollis is an orphan who is moved around from family to family. She spends some time with the Reagan Family, but a truck accident causes her to run away again. She is now with this elderly lady, Josie, who is always forgetting things. Hollis, being afraid of being taken away from Josie, runs away with her. Hollis takes Josie to the Reagan’s summer home in the mountains.

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found – 14

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found – By Sara Nickerson – Sisters Margaret and Sophie along with their mom do the same thing every weekend. One weekend they do something out of the norm. They go to a strange house and put a “for sale” sign in the yard. Margaret remembers visiting the house to see her father’s family. He father drowned. Margaret sneaks on the back porch and finds an envelope addressed to her mom. She takes the envelope. She discovers it has a comic book, a swimming medal, and a key. Margaret decides to go back to the house and try and find out how her father died. She meets this boy who lives next to the house. He knows a lot about the comic book that was in the envelope. Together they unravel the mystery behind the Ratt and The Drowning Ghost comic books.

Wringer – 13

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Wringer – By Jerry Spinelli – A new boy, Palmer, makes some friends in his new neighborhood. They all want to turn 10, so they can be wringers. Wringers are boys who wring the necks of the pigeons who aren’t shot at the town’s Pigeon Day. He makes one pigeon his pet. He tells his friend Dorothy about his pet pigeon. Palmer admits to his friends that he likes pigeons, and he isn’t going to wring their necks.

Elephant Run – 12

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Elephant Run – By Roland Smith – This was a good book. It tells the story of a young boy whose life is being bombarded with the Japanese fighting. Nick is sent to Burma to live with his father of an elephant plantation. The plantation gets taken over by the Japan. Nicks father is send to a prisoner camp while many from the plantation are sent to work with their elephants clearing the land. Nick escapes the plantation with a girl his age whose family has worked for Nick’s father. Mya and Nick are going to try and help their father and brother escape from the Japanese. Nick’s step-dad is one of the ones who help get all of them out of the country and safely to Australia.