Half Brother

13 year old Ben Tomlin was an only child, until his parents brought home a baby chimpanzee.  Ben's parents are scientists, and they want to prove that chimps, which are our closest animal relatives, can use American Sign Language.  They neme him Zan, and soon Ben is Zan's favorite.  I would recommend this to anyone who likes romance, drama, and realistic fiction.  I liked this book because you are always wondering how Ben and Zan are going to get out of their unique situations.  You are also on the edge of your seat.  You can relate to Ben because he wo

The Song at the Scaffold

Truly a worthy encore!

Beautifully and simply written, has capture my interest on so many levels.  Challenged my sense of the heroic and now I question whether fear and timidity are not less dangerous than the pride and presumption of the more great minded people.  I simply couldn't put it down.

Just Jane

Just Jane is about a girl named Jane from England who comes to America during the war between Patriots and Loyalists.  When she comes to America she lives with Aruthur Ainsley.  While there she meets Simon, a school teacher, who is surprised to see a girl on the plantation.  Later, her uncle forces her to live on there plantation.  Does Jane ever go to the Ainsely's?  to find out read Just Jane

Songbird of the Nile

This book was a very good, quick read.  It covers the Biblical story of Miriam, and involves a fictional friend.  The book is written as teh viewpoint of this friend, named Laila.  The storyline is about the conflict between the overbearing Egyptians adn the Israelites they made slaves of.  The parents of Miriam and Laila aer shown as concerned about the influence of the hard lifestyle on their children, because the whole generation of Laila and Miriam were forced inot growing up early.  I would definitely recommend this book to any pretten or teen!

The Book Thief

The Book Thief is a capturing tail about a foster care child living in Germany during World War II.  Told from "Death's" perspective we get to understand many angles to a historic event in shich we only ever see one side.  Along with great imagery, Zusak enchants you, amking you fall in love with the main character, Liesel.  Over the duration of the book many suprises appear and are carried away to bring the book to a fantastic close.  I highly recommend thsi book.  It was very well written and has characters that give us a new view on an old ev

The Scarlet Pimpernel

Baroness Orczy's "The Scarlet Pimpernel" is set during the French Revolution when hundreds of innocent people are becomign victims to Madame la Guillotine.  But one man, under the mysterious name of the Scarlet Pimpernel works to rescue aristocrats from this gruesome death.  However, every hero needs a needs a nemesis and the Scarlet Pimpernel has one named Chauvelin, a ruthless patriot who is intent on sending the meddling Englishman to the guillotine.  I would definitely recommend this book -- it is intense and fast paced.  Orczy's writing is full of

Unclaimed Heart

Moon Over Manifest

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

When Zachary Beaver came to town is about a 13 year old boy named Toby and his friend Cal.  They live in a small town in Texas and when the "World's Fattest Boy" comes to town they are not sure if they like him.  Then when Zachary's guardian leaves him in a trailer in a parking lot they quickly become friends.  I woudl recommend this book for kids ages 10-15 who like realistic fiction books.  I enjoyed this book.

Frozen Summer

Frozen Summer was an amazing book.  In the beginning of this book Mem (Remembrance) gets a baby sister.  Next mem has to manage her whole family!  Last, sadly her mother dies.  I loved this book very much.  I think anybody that wants to read a good book should read this one.  This book was fantastic!