Augusta has always been unclear to her little sister, Lou, about what Middle School is like. Truly, it’s a crazy experience, with new teachers, bullies, and crushes. Her friends want to hang out with other people, she can’t get eye contacts for another year, and her best friend is at another school that’s way better than the one she’s at. On top of that, her parents are worrying about if she’s getting in trouble because of their divorce. Her sister has been acting weird, and the school dance is a bust. Can Gus cope with all this and more without breaking under the pressure of Middle School? ~Nora, Age 11
Queen of the Sea starts off with a girl called Margaret who’s living on a quiet island convent. She lives a simple life, but when Eleanor, the former queen of Albion, arrives, Margaret finds out more about her past and her connection with the island...and Eleanor. I loved Queen of the Sea because it had great artwork, lots of dynamic characters, and a captivating and complicated plot that made me want to keep reading!
White Bird was a sad, but good book about World War Two. It tells the story of Sara, a normal Jewish girl whose life was torn apart during the war. The book begins when a boy named Julien calls Sara - now his grandmother - for a school project. She tells him the story of living in Nazi-occupied France as a child. She led a perfect and happy life until the war broke out. After that, because she was Jewish, Sara couldn’t go into certain places, and couldn’t do certain things. Then one day, Nazis invaded Sara’s hometown and captured all of her Jewish schoolmates. A boy named Julian - Julian’s namesake - helps her and shows great kindness towards her. She is grateful for Julian’s kindness, for in those dark times, to be kind is to risk your life. Now, when she’s trapped in the middle of a tragic war, she must find a way back to her family-and a way to fly as free as a white bird again.