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Flight of the Fisherbird by Nora Martin July 29, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Action, Historical, Week 7.
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It is 1889, and Clem Nesbitt’s life in the beautiful San Juan islands is near perfect. But then her newly orphaned cousin Sarah comes to stay, followed by Clems Uncle Doran, and things become, well, fishy. While out in her boat, the Fisherbird, Clem sees two boat dangerously close together. One of them appears to be her Uncle’s boat. Shouts and splashing noises stun her into silence. It sounds like someone went overboard. As the boats drift off, Clem goes to investigate, and spots something brown floating in the water. After pulling it aboard, she finds a live chinese man wrapped in a burlap suck! He was trying to be smuggled into the country illegally, after the Scott Act of !888 prohibited chnese to return to the country. But what does this all mean, and how is Uncle Doran involved?
This book is great, and takes place right here on our own San Juan Islands. It also is historically accurate, but not boring in the least. It is a thrilling story, with a twisted ending. I highly suggest it to everybody who wants to learn about history in the least boring way.

Chasing the Moon by Penny Chamberlain July 29, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Historical, Week 7.
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This is another great historical book. It takes place on the Saanich Peninsula in Canada in 1924. Kit returns to live with her dad whilst her mother is ill. She is sad to find how far he’s let the farm slip. The only new things are a brand new boat and a shiny padlock on the barn door. Her father says it’s for ‘night fishing’ but there’s not a scrap of evidence– no fishy smell of even a scale! There’s something wierd going on though. Then a mysterious stranger shows up and offers to help dig a well. But more is going on than what meets the eye, and when Kit’s father comes home with a bullet in his arm one night, Kit decides to take action. Along the way she meets Roy Olmestead, the most famous rum runner of all. Roy is a good character, and the only person in the book that is not fictitous. This is a great book set in the roaring twenties, when rum-runners stole through the waters off souther British Columbia in hopes of selling their wares in America, where alcohol was prohibited. Historically accurate, this book is very interesting and teaches a lot about how goods are smuggled between countries. The black trade is still in buisiness, though now the boats are smuggling illegal immigrants and drugs. You can be sure that at night when your sleeping, a boat is making it’s way accross the murky waters, and chasing the moon.

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.

Wuthering Heights July 21, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Classics, Dating, Family/Friendship, General Fiction, Historical, Romance, week 6.
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I agree that Wuthering Heights is not your typical love story and is not for everyone. To keep up on what was happening I really had to pay attention. The characters are extremely complex. Heathcliff and Catherine cause more trouble than they thought when they decided not to marry each other. The story is told by a housekeeper who has witnessed everything going on, but she is a great storyteller. I recommend this book to any who likes Pride & Prejudice or anything like that.

Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson July 14, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Historical, Sad Endings, week 5.
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This book is set back around 1917 during a war. 16 yr. old Hattie moves out to the wilderness in Montana to prove up a claim her uncle gave her and to prove that she is capable of living her own life and having her own home.  Hattie incounters many struggles and heartbreaks but also makes lifelong friends and learns valuble lessons during her homesteading life. The ending of this book is kinda sad  (I wont give it away!) but the story was really really good. I highly recomend it!

The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson July 10, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Historical, Must Read, Romance, week 4.
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I just finished The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson. This is a well written, spell-binding historical fiction and romance novel. The prologue and first couple chapters are kind of slow, but once you get past the history lesson you just totally devour the rest of the book. Tessa loves music, ever since she was young and heard it during her classes, it’s been her whole world. So she left her home in Pfaffenstein, where she was an princess with a castle and had basically no money, to work in an opera house as she fulfilled her love of the arts. No one in the Viennese opera house needs to know she their under wardrobe mistress is actually a princess. But all that changes when handsome, self made millionaire Guy Farne arrives, searching for an opera to play at his castle. There is an obvious attractive between Tessa and Guy, and Tessa soon realizes there is more to life than music. But with Guy’s vain fiancee in the way, Tessa starts to wonder if there will ever be a happy ending for her.
This is a must read! This novel is only second best in Ibbotson’s novels beneath A Countess Below Stairs. A story about European history, miraculous music, and love, I would highly recommend this novel to every girl who enjoys reading romance.

Search of the Moon King’s Daughter July 10, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Historical, Tragic, week 4.
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Lynden
If you like to learn a little history while you read, then Search of the Moon King’s Daughter would probably be a good book for you. It can get a little depressing though. This takes place in the 1830’s and explains how people of different ranks lived, sparing no details. Emmaline lives in a comfortable home in a small village. Soon, she will have to move to the city (and NO I am not going to tell you why!). This is where her trouble and grief truly begins. Before this, she could easily hide her anxious thoughts about her mom and quietly deal with it. I got wrapped up in the characters of this book and that includes the sadness too!

A Lady of Hidden Intent by Tracie Peterson July 1, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Historical, Romance, week 3.
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I read A Lady of Hidden Intent by Tracie Peterson. My friend gave this book to me, and it was sitting on my shelf for a while, while I was finishing another book. I didn’t especially think this was going to be a great book or anything like that.
Man was I wrong.
This is one of the cutest and most romantic books I’ve read lately. It tells the story of a young woman, Catherine Newbury, who’s father has been falsely accused of transporting slaves in England, in the mid 1800’s. Now, hiding in America five years later, she works as a seamstress, with a peasant’s last name (Shay), to make money to get back and help her father in jail. But now her dresses are being coveted by women all over Philadelphia. And to top it all off Carter Danby,  a young man who visited her estate five years earlier while traveling around Europe, is starting to take interest in her. Does Carter actually know Catherine’s real identity? Or is just her imagination? And will Catherine have to sacrifice all hopes of a happy ending for her father?
I would strongly suggest this novel to teen girls who enjoy reading historical fiction, or are just in the mood for something with romance. And if you like this book enough, there are also the other novels in this series: Ladies of Liberty.

A Lady of Hidden Intent by Tracie Peterson June 24, 2009

Posted by Aubri in Historical, Must Read, week 2.
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Lynden
A Lady of Hidden Intent by Tracie Peterson was an incredible book! I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a good read! Catherine’s world takes many unexpected turns and twists. This may seem like an ordinary kind of book but it is NOT! I loved it and rarely could put it down! Oh and it’s an historical fiction book. That doesn’t mean it’s boring, just that it is set in the 1850’s which actually makes it more interesting than reading about the 2000’s because we all know how life is now. Read it!