Trees & Climbers
I don’t have much to say, other than since I love trees, this is a set I really enjoy. And do you see how I arranged the top row? Kind of like my previous post [grin].
Here are: Breathing by Cheryl Renee Herbsman (Viking 2009), A Very Fine Line by Julie Johnston (Tundra 2006), Love, Aubrey by Suzanne LaFleur (Wendy Lamb 2009), Out of the Shadows by Sarah Singleton (Clarion 2008), Eli the Good by Silas House (Candlewick 2009) and Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls (Scholastic 2008).
Breathing: With a new boyfriend, asthma attacks that come when least expected, and a pesky younger brother, fifteen-year-old Savannah’s summer vacation takes many unexpected twists and turns. Ages 12+. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Very Fine Line: In the small town of Kempton, Ontario, in 1941, thirteen-year-old Rosalind knows that she has strong visual memories of moments in her past. But when an aunt informs her that as the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, she can also see glimpses of the future, she balks and tries desperately to deny her gift and her identity until her mother hires a young male tutor who arouses tender feelings in Rosalind for the first time. Ages 10-14. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Love, Aubrey: While living with her Gram in Vermont, eleven-year-old Aubrey writes letters as a way of dealing with losing her father and sister in a car accident, and then being abandoned by her grief-stricken mother.Ages 9-14. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Out of the Shadows: In 1586 England, Elizabeth, whose family is hiding a Catholic priest from Protestant reformers, and Isabella, a girl of her own age who was similarly sheltered by “faery” folk 300 years earlier when Catholics accused Isabella’s mother of witchcraft, work together to keep the persecutors away. Ages 10-14. Reviews 1, 2, 3. ( UK cover entitled Heretic, and the image used for it. Other books using this image: 1, 2.)
Eli the Good: In the summer of 1976, ten-year-old Eli Book’s excitement over Bicentennial celebrations is tempered by his father’s flashbacks to the Vietnam War and other family problems, as well as concern about his tough but troubled best friend, Edie. Ages 12+. Reviews 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Ways to Live Forever: Eleven-year-old Sam McQueen, who has leukemia, writes a book during the last three months of his life, in which he tells about what he would like to accomplish, how he feels, and things that have happened to him. Ages 9+. Reviews 1, 2. (LOVE the UK cover…)