Monday Children’s Book Reviews for December 8, 2014

Searching For Silverheels by Jeannie Mobley

“A girl’s search for the truth about a legendary woman teaches her a lot about what bravery and loyalty really mean.

“In her small Colorado town Pearl spends the summers helping her mother run the family café and entertaining tourists with the legend of Silverheels, a beautiful dancer who nursed miners through a smallpox epidemic in 1861 and then mysteriously disappeared. According to lore, the miners loved her so much they named their mountain after her.

“Pearl believes the tale is true, but she is mocked by her neighbor, Josie, a suffragette campaigning for women’s right to vote. Josie says that Silverheels was a crook, not a savior, and she challenges Pearl to a bet: prove that Silverheels was the kindhearted angel of legend, or help Josie pass out the suffragist pamphlets that Pearl thinks drive away the tourists. Not to mention driving away handsome George Crawford.

“As Pearl looks for the truth, darker forces are at work in her small town. The United States’s entry into World War I casts suspicion on German immigrants, and also on anyone who criticizes the president during wartime—including Josie. How do you choose what’s right when it could cost you everything you have?”  By the author of Katerina’s Wish.                                       [J MOBLEY,J.]

The Swap by Megan Shull

“With one random wish, Jack and Ellie are living life in each other’s shoes. He’s her. And she’s him. ELLIE assumed popular guys didn’t worry about body image, being perfect, or talking to girls, but acting like you’re cool with everything is tougher than it looks. JACK thought girls had it easy—no fights with bullies, no demanding dads, no power plays—but facing mean girls at sleepovers and getting grilled about your period is way harder than taking a hit to the face at sports practice. Now they’re dealing with each other’s middle school dramas—locker room teasing, cliques, video game battles, bra shopping, and a slew of hilariously awkward moments—until they hopefully switch back!”                                       [J SHULL]

World War I Unclassified: Secrets of World War I Revealed! by Nick Hunter

“From the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, this book takes readers on a journey back in time to discover the amazing story behind one of the most terrible wars in history. Packed full of amazing photographs and original documents from the National Archives, real-life artifacts and documentation enable readers to build a true and real account of World War I and how it shaped the world.”              [J940.3 HUNTER]

 

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