Monday, May 13, 2024

Monday Reading - Two Books, Great Reads!

 

            

        Visit Kellee and Ricki at UnleashingReaders and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts to see what they and others have been reading! Your TBR lists will grow! I had a very busy week but have two brand new books to share! 


           Jennifer Nielsen's bases this story on the extraordinary real-life story of Polish teenager Lidia Zakrzewski, receiver of the Polish Cross of Valour. This tale of the war in Warsaw begins when twelve-year-old Polish-born Lidia rushes outside to see planes flying over, planes with the Nazi cross on each wing. Nielsen show the father leaving to take a military position because he was an officer in World War I. Soon they learn he has been captured by the Russians. Yes, they were on the other side of Poland, also fighting to invade. Remember, Poland was the first country that Hitler invaded, and soon surrendered. This is a tale of citizens in an occupied country, and like many who were fairly wealthy, Lydia's family soon had to give up their home to Nazis moving in. They moved to a small apartment in a poor neighborhood, in fact, next to the soon-to-be erected Warsaw ghetto, for the Jewish population! It's a complicated story of surviving, and performing dangerous acts while frightened, but doing them anyway because they are needed. It's a story of wanting to follow her brave older brother in the resistance but at first, she is too young. She is a pianist, but must leave the piano behind when they move. Schools were closed but Lidia defied the law and went to an secret school, punishable by arrest and taken as a POW if caught.
        Nielsen takes us on this courageous journey of this life, and as it unfolds, the wonder of the brave people who never stopped fighting, resisting, even in the circumstances of extreme hunger and watching friends and countrymen die and/or betray is a story to know and to understand that humans often do what might be thought to be impossible. And they survive and conquer!  Lydia did many, many courageous and dangerous deeds, and lived a long life, continuing her piano playing and achieving a PhD, married and had three sons, immigrated to America. It's a new and inspiring story from Jennifer Nielsen. 

        Laura Purdie Salas is known for her books of poetry, often based on science, sometimes a story but in verse, and more! This time, it's all about shapes, allowing each one to apply for a new position, "Keeper of the Treasure" at the Valley View Library. As each shape moves along to get to the interview, Line included, they shout a few barbs, like "Why are you so plain?" but Line just keeps going. When presenting, the shapes each share how it suits the new job "perfectly". For example, Rectangle states: "I  am PERFECTLY  sturdy.  I am buildings and books and boxes. I  will hide the  Treasure inside." Others show similar traits, but only Line "shows" it can "Lead the Way". You'll need to read this celebration of those who are thoughtful, resilient, and who appreciate uniqueness. It's enhanced by Alice Caldarella's lively and colorful illustrations full of emotions in shapes!
        Thanks to Laura and NetGalley for my advance copy!


Still Reading: I started Rez Ball by Byron Graves last week, but when I found Uprising just in at my library, I grabbed it, then couldn't put it down! I've read more of Rez Ball and like it, but Uprising took center stage! After it, I also found Anne Ursu's new book, Not Quite A Ghost, too. Reviews say great things and I've loved her other work. 

Happy Reading Everyone!


10 comments:

  1. Uprising sounds like an extraordinary book. I really enjoy stories about real-life experiences that can bring a certain time period to life, and this sounds like a great example of that.

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    1. I like them, too, Elisabeth. Hope you can find this one & enjoy it! The writing sometimes made me nervous, FYI. Considering the wars in our time right now, I kept connecting to those involved, too. Thanks!

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  2. Jennifer Nielsen's books are always really popular at the bookstore I work at. I definitely want to read one because they sound fantastic! (I think I might start with Iceberg, but we shall see.)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I hope you enjoy whatever you choose, Nicole. This was good but I've enjoyed others as well! Thanks!

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  3. Both these books look wonderful, Linda! Uprising sounds like a really powerful read—I feel like there's something heartening about the idea that, in a crisis as intense as World War II, so many people actually can be counted on to do the right thing, and stand up against injustice. Lidia had so much of her life upended during the war—I can imagine it took a lot of strength and maturity for her age to give so many things up and keep going.

    As for Line Leads the Way, I adore how the characters are designed on the cover, and I love the premise of celebrating characters who are unique and plain and resilient!

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful reviews, as always, and have a wonderful week!

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  4. Thanks, Max, as you read from my reviews, I agree with you. Both books give us good ways to "BE"!

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  5. Line Leads the Way sounds interesting. I imagine Nielsen's newest book is amazing!

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    1. I enjoyed it very much, Lisa, and Line Lead the Way is a unique and fun idea. Thanks!

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  6. I can't believe I haven't read any of Jennifer Neilsen's books. I've always been intrigued and I've only seen positive reviews on them.

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    1. It's time to read one, Earl. I've loved so many by Neilsen! Thanks!

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