Monday Children’s Book Reviews for November 2, 2015

poppyWednesday, November 11 is Veterans Day, an official United States federal holiday that is observed annually to honoring people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. “On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as ‘the Great War.’ Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars. *

war horse War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

“Joey the horse recalls his experiences growing up on an English farm, his struggle for survival as a cavalry horse during World War I, and his reunion with his beloved master.”     [J MORPURGO,M]

alive and kickingAlive and Kicking by Chris Lynch

“When his brother goes missing in the Pacific theater, the confidence of B-24 Liberator gunner Theo McCallum is shaken, but he must continue the fight in Europe with his unit, his Air Force family, while he awaits word of his brother’s fate.”                  [J LYNCH,C]

prisoners of war Prisoners of War by C. Alexander London

“Newly arrived on the Western front and assigned as a medic, Rivera finds himself in the middle of the Battle of the Bulge, cut off behind enemy lines–and his only companion is a Nazi trained Doberman pinscher.”         [J LONDON,C]

spy catchers of maple hill The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill by Megan Frazer Blakemore

“Hazel Kaplansky and new student Samuel Butler investigate rumors that a Russian spy has infiltrated their small Vermont town, amidst the fervor of Cold War era McCarthyism, but more is revealed than they could ever have imagined.”    [J BLAKEMORE,M]

journal of patrick seamus flaherty The Journal of Patrick Seamus Flaherty, United States Marine Corps by Ellen Emerson White

“An eighteen-year-old Marine records in his journal his experiences in Vietnam during the siege of Khe Sanh, 1967-1968. Includes a history of Vietnam, war timeline, glossary, and related military information.”         [J WHITE,E]

where have all the flowers goneWhere Have All the Flowers Gone: The Diary of Molly Mackenzie Flaherty by Ellen Emerson White

“In 1968 Massachusetts, after her brother Patrick goes to fight in Vietnam, fifteen-year-old Molly records in her diary how she misses her brother, volunteers at a Veterans’ Administration Hospital, and tries to make sense of the war in Vietnam and the tumultuous events in the United States.”        [J WHITE,E]

heart of the enemy Heart of the Enemy  written by M. Zachary Sherman

“Lieutenant Commander Michael Alexander Donovan and SEAL Team Two are on a dangerous mission to capture a known terrorist and gun smuggler near the Iraq-Syria border–but are they being deceived by the local police chief?”           [J SHERMAN,M]

dear blue skyDear Blue Sky by Mary Sullivan

“Shortly after Cass’s big brother is deployed to fight in Iraq, Cass becomes pen pals with an Iraqi girl who opens up her eyes to the effects of war.”           [J SULLIVAN,M]

heart of a shepherd Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry

“Ignatius ‘Brother’ Alderman, nearly twelve, promises to help his grandparents keep the family’s Oregon ranch the same while his brothers are away and his father is deployed to Iraq, but as he comes to accept the inevitability of change, he also sees the man he is meant to be.”                              [J PARRY,R]

operation yesOperation Yes by Sara Lewis Holmes

“In her first ever teaching job, Miss Loupe uses improvisational acting exercises with her sixth-grade students at an Air Force base school, and when she experiences a family tragedy, her previously skeptical class members use what they have learned to help her, her brother, and other wounded soldiers.”                            [J HOLMES,S]

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