Saturday, April 20, 2019

Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord


Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord

Lucy and her family have just moved to a cottage on a lake in New Hampshire. Just to be clear both the cottage and the lake are in New Hampshire. There are kids next door who are visiting their grandmother for the summer. This is a story about a dad who is gone a lot for his job, a grandmother who is getting older, secrets, and the loons. Everyone deserves half a chance.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen


Hatchet by Gary Paulsen                              A three hour read

Brian is having a rough time. His parents have split up. He knows his mother is having an affair but he doesn’t tell his dad and if all that isn’t bad enough he is in a two-person plane flying over the endless forest of Canada with a non-talking farting pilot. Oh, it does get worse, the pilot dies. Brian will spend fifty-four days alone in the wilderness before the end. The plane crashes and sinks in a lake. Brian escapes with little more than the clothes on his back and his hatchet.  How would you do in such a situation? Do you know enough to survive? Could you learn enough to survive? Would you want to survive?

Capture the Flag by Kate Messner


Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

The flag in this story is the one Betsy Ross made during the Revolutionary War which happened even before I was born. Anna, Jose, and Henry don’t know each other at the beginning of the story. They are in seventh grade and too young to leave home alone and too old for a babysitter so they have to go to the fancy party at the Smithsonian Museum. It’s at that party where the flag is stolen. And it will be the three of them who expose the real criminals. They also learn about the Jaguar society.

The Last Grand Adventure by Rebecca Behrens


The Last Grand Adventure by Rebecca Behrens

Beatrice is having trouble blending in with her father’s new family. It just doesn’t work for her to have a little sister. When the option comes for her to stay two weeks with a grandmother, she hardly knows in a retirement village in Arizona her dad and stepmom don’t seem sad to see her go. Anyway, her grandmother is Amelia Earhart’s sister. Amelia Earhart was an aviation adventurer who disappeared forty years before this story started. But the grandmother claims to have letters from Amelia and has plans for her and Beatrice to travel to Kansas to meet up with her.  They don’t plan to tell anyone, and they don't intend to let their lack of money or grandmother’s lack of mental clarity get in their way.