Ingo by Helen Dunmore

It's been a long time since I've sat and read a children's book cover-to-cover in a single day, but my pre-schooler and I were sick in bed today, and while he snoozed at my side, there was little else for me to do but stare at my Kindle. I'm not even sure how this book … Continue reading Ingo by Helen Dunmore

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A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Triolgy, Book 1) by Libba Bray

Libba Bray is the author of this supernatural teen fantasy, entitled A Great and Terrible Beauty. At the turn of the twentieth century, sixteen-year-old Gemma Doyle relocates from India to Spence Academy, an English young ladies’ boarding school, after the death of her mother. Together with her new girlfriends at Spence, Gemma uncovers an old school … Continue reading A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Triolgy, Book 1) by Libba Bray

Dear America: Love Thy Neighbor, The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson (Greenmarsh, Massachusetts 1774) by Ann Turner

In this unique DA diary, the author tells the Revolutionary War era story from a Tory's point of view; that is, from the point of view of a girl and her family who did not want to secede from England and were perfectly happy living under the King's reign. These people are often viewed as … Continue reading Dear America: Love Thy Neighbor, The Tory Diary of Prudence Emerson (Greenmarsh, Massachusetts 1774) by Ann Turner

Dear America: Land of the Buffalo Bones, The Diary of Mary Ann Elizabeth Rodgers, An English Girl in Minnesota (New Yeovil, Minnesota 1873) by Marion Dane Bauer

In this unforgettable DA tale, Mary, her family, and others from her English hometown and church, led by her father-- their pastor--, are duped into purchasing land and settling on the plains of Minnesota. They are promised rich soil, fertile ground, beautiful weather, and the tools for prosperity and a good life, but instead are … Continue reading Dear America: Land of the Buffalo Bones, The Diary of Mary Ann Elizabeth Rodgers, An English Girl in Minnesota (New Yeovil, Minnesota 1873) by Marion Dane Bauer

Dear America: Voyage on the Great Titanic, The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady (RMS Titanic, 1912) by Ellen Emerson White

After tragically losing their parents, Margaret Ann Brady and her brother William are orphaned and penniless on the streets of London. William is hard-pressed to find work, and decides it best for his young sister to be put in the care of the nuns at St. Abernathy's Orphanage, while he voyages to America to find … Continue reading Dear America: Voyage on the Great Titanic, The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady (RMS Titanic, 1912) by Ellen Emerson White