Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

10-year-old Ada has never left her one room flat in London and she cares for her younger brother Jamie despite her mother’s abuse and humiliation. With the threat of war and the possible bombing of London, Ada escapes to the English countryside with Jamie, on a train filled with other children being evacuated from the threat of danger.

A historical fiction story for all ages, we see Ada and her brother discover a world outside of the grey misery of London’s poorest. Ada finds that she is truly loveable despite her handicap and is capable of giving love in return.

The War That Saved My Life is written for older children but adults and history enthusiasts will enjoy this story as well. It is available in Playaway format and is a great story to listen to while enjoying a summer walk.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Change of Heart by Alice Walsh

Lanier Phillips was born in Georgia in USA at a time when the Klu Klux Klan threatened any African American just because of their skin colour. When Lanier was old enough he joined the American navy, but even in the navy he was treated badly.  All African American sailors were segregated during meal times and left to do the most menial jobs. 

One day during the Second World War, tragedy strikes when his ship begins to sink on a cold February night off the southeastern coast of Newfoundland. Lanier is the only black survivor of the shipwreck and when he arrives onshore the Newfoundlanders in the tiny village of St Lawrence treat him kindly and with respect. Lanier realizes that not all white people dislike him because of the colour of his skin and this helps to change his outlook on life. 

Lanier goes on to march for black rights with Martin Luther King, and does well in the navy. He remained forever grateful to the small town of St. Lawrence, Newfoundland. The story is told for children in a vibrantly illustrated picture book. Head to your local branch and request a copy!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Joyous Health: Eat and Live Well Without Dieting by Joy McCarthy

Joy McCarthy’s Joyous Health is not just a recipe book but also a source of education on eating for your health and not just for a fuel source. Almost the entire first half of the book is health put simply. She takes the time to discuss our digestive system as well as the different sources of food and supplements our bodies, as well as our minds, need to be healthy and explains why. She also discusses some of the items we should ditch to stay healthy. Joy suggests going through her book a chapter a week, or longer if you need, and the aim is to make one positive change a week.

The reviewer enjoyed this book because Joy writes about these important issues in a simple and straightforward manner which will not leaving you feeling overwhelmed. Her recipes are also very simple and use easy to find ingredients. The reviewer would recommend this book highly if you care about your health and enjoy simple food.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The Fireman by Joe Hill

Joe Hill’s newest novel manages to pull you in right from the beginning. A new plague is spreading across the nation, dragonscale infects its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks that eventually ignite and lead to death by fire for anyone infected. There is no cure and and no one is safe.

Harper Grayson is a nurse trying to help the infected when unfortunate circumstances arise that she finds herself pregnant and contaminated with dragonscale. She has seen mothers with dragonscale deliver healthy babies and hopes to survive long enough to do the same. Harper’s husband has other ideas and as the story progresses, Harper finds a community of people that have found a way to keep the dragonscale under control and goes into hiding to wait out her pregnancy.

The characters are compelling and the story leaves you wanting more, at just under 750 pages the reviewer was so engrossed in the story that they finished it in 3 days. If you are a fan of post-apocalyptic horror novels you will want to head to the library to grab this great read!