Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Wish Master by Betty Ren Wright

Book description from Booklist (November 1, 2000 (Vol. 97, No. 5):
Gr. 3-6. 
Veteran author Wright offers the story of a boy who finds his life turned upside down when he must spend the summer in Wisconsin. His grandmother has suffered a heart attack, so Corby and his mom go to the Midwest to help Grandpa care for her. Corby, something of a scaredy-cat, is intimidated by his gruff grandfather, but he almost immediately becomes involved in doing dangerous things he shouldn't, thanks to a neighbor boy, Buck. One of the first things Corby does is sneak out at midnight to visit a scary-looking pile of rocks known as the Wish Master. Corby wishes for a dog --and a way out of Wisconsin. When his grandmother seemingly suffers a relapse, Corby is worried that his wish might be coming true in a way he doesn't like. This is a solid story, with no gimmicks or frills, and there is some good action mixed with emotion. A choice for boys who aren't usually readers.

My 25 cents...
I love this author and I picked this up when I was looking for chapter books to share with 3rd & 4th graders.  There is suspense and a little bit of mystery that makes this book one that once you start reading it you won't believe how quickly you read it. What would YOU wish for if you made the journey to the Wish Master??

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

(I promise I have been reading since June 16th, I just haven't posted!!)

Mississippi Bridge by Mildred D. Taylor 

Book Description from

Jeremy Simms watches from the porch of the general store as the passengers board the weekly bus from Jackson. When several white passengers arrive late, the driver roughly orders the black passengers off to make room. Then, in the driving rain, disaster strikes, and Jeremy witnesses a shocking end to the day's drama. Set in Mississippi in the 1930s, this is a gripping story of racial injustice.
My 25 cents...I picked this book off the shelf because I had to read a historical fiction book for one of my college classes...and it was short.  (Not normally how I chose a title, but I had to read 8 chapter books in a week!!)  it is only 62 pages, but a fantastically written story about a difficult time in history.  Written for young readers to learn about racial injustice in a gentle way.  One that makes the reader think "what would I do?".