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Esperenza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan July 28, 2009

Posted by Aubri in A Favorite, Historical, Realistic, Week 7.
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Esperenza believed that she would be rich forever. That Papa would always be with her. That her house would be filled with food and beautiful clothes. That she would always be safe from the world. But then a tragedy forces Esperenza and her mother to flee to California, and work on a large plantation. Life is hard, and Esperenza sees a whole new side of life– a life of poverty and hard work. But when Mama becomes ill, it’s up to Esperenza to save her, even though the Great Depression and worker strikes threaten to bring them down. Can this rich girl rise to the challange?
This is a lovely and inspirational book that I suggest everyone read. It is wonderfully written and uplifting.

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson July 28, 2009

Posted by Aubri in A Favorite, Realistic, Week 7.
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This is a touching story that will reach the hearts of anyone who has ever been overshadowed, whether by a sibling, friend, or anyone. Louise is sick of her twin sister Catherine. Catherine is beautiful, Catherine is pretty and frail. Catherine is talented. Catherine is better. Growing up on the small island of Rass, Catherine seems to take everything. Their parent’s love, her chances of an education, her childhood dreams. And worst of all, she’s right! Her parents really do pay more attention to Catherine. People give Catherine chances that would never be offered to Louise. And Catherine expects these things. can Louise escape? Does she want to?
This is an amazing book, and I think everyone should read it.

Gone With the Wind July 27, 2009

Posted by Aubri in A Favorite, People with Gumption, Week 7.
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I have read this book three times now. Gone With the Wind is probably the most genuine novel written about the South. After reading this classic about war, choices, love, and basically… life your view of the South is probably a lot different than you would have imagined. The winners write the histories, but this novel (although fiction) is probably the very epitome of what the South experienced before, during, and after the Civil War. Scarlett O ‘Hara and Rhett Butler are spectacular characters you’ll never forget, and want to keep reading about forever. As Mitchell said, when she was asked what this novel was about: “What qualities are in those who fight their way through triumphantly that are lacking in those that go under? I only know that survivors used to call that quality ‘gumption.’ So I wrote about people who had gumption and people who didn’t.” (1936)
I highly suggest this novel girls and boys, men and women, people of all ages. It is truly a work of art.

Wicked Lovely July 27, 2009

Posted by Aubri in A Favorite, Fantasy, Week 7.


I just finished reading Wicked Lovely… again. I read it last summer, but the writing was so amazing and spontaneous I had to indulge in it a second time. Aislinn can see the fey world. She has always been able to, just like her mother, and grandmother before her. There are three rules: Don’t stare at invisible faeries, don’t speak to invisible faeries, and don’t ever attract their attention. Her best friend Seth (and maybe something more..??) is her only outlet from this world. But what happens when the rules Aislinn has abided by her whole life, mean nothing anymore? As Aislinn gets sucked into a very dark, old game suddenly everything she has ever cared about is at risk, and there is only one thing she can do to stop it…
A very modern faery tale, about love, intrigue, and expectations, I highly suggest this novel (and the following ones)!