***** – Stars
Wow! What a moving story. Georg, or George is a small German boy who witnesses students of a university massacre their professor… his father, during the revolt against the Jews. Georg, is smuggled out of Germany to England and eventually on to Australia. He is a boy alone in the world who’s identity must be kept hidden, in case he is found out to be the German enemy, occupying allied countries. And possible to be considered, a spy! His heart is broken and then broken again as he’s tossed here and there, an unsuspecting, forgotten victim of WW2.
What he witnesses and experiences effect the rest of his life as he grows up, from a child, war survivor being raised in a foreign country and into an educated, caring man as he ages.
He struggles to adapt to other cultures not his own and wishes only to see his father, and mother again.
In the end, George’s experience brings a deep understanding, protection and healing to his new family, in Australia.
The narrator, ‘Humphrey Bower’ does a brilliant job of drawing the listener into George’s world and keeping them captive throughout the entire, terrible journey. If you’re really not an audio book person, then you can get the book here…Trust me, it’s worth it!
This week we have two more heroines facing the world today…
When Dimple met Rishi
Now that Dimple Shah has graduated, she’s ready for a break from her family – especially from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the Ideal Indian Husband. Ugh. But Dimple knows that her mother must respect that she isn’t interested in doing that right now – otherwise she wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers, right? You’ll have to get this one to find out what happens!
By Diana Zahler (middle school story-teller). She tells us a delightful tale about, Bee, a young orphan, who finds herself terribly hungry and so steals a bun from the local bakery. This desperate act sets off a series of events that takes the twelve-year-old on an incredible adventure that begins with her being hired by the baker and discovering that whatever she bakes reflects her current mood. Bees unusual talent comes in handy as she helps her new friend Princess Anika escape the evil mage, meets up with pirates and finds a family. A magical, meaningful story and a most magnificent heroine will delight readers of all tastes!
This week brings controversy as these books divulge into the world of homophobia.
Introduces controversial teen Jazz Jennings who is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents. A year later, her parents allowed her to share her incredible journey in her first Barbara Walters interview, aired at a time when the public was much less knowledgeable or accepting of the transgender community. This groundbreaking interview was followed over the years by other high-profile interviews, a documentary, the launch of her YouTube channel, a picture book, and her own reality TV series—I Am Jazz—making her one of the most recognizable activists for transgender teens, children, and adults.
Saving Montgomery Sole
Narrated by, Rebecca Lowman who brings to light a Thoughtful, funny, and painfully honest, girl… A square peg in a small town. Montgomery Sole is forced to go to a school full of jocks and girls who don’t even know what irony is. It would all be impossible if it weren’t for her best friends, Thomas and Naoki. The three are also the only members of Jefferson High’s Mystery Club, dedicated to exploring the weird and unexplained, from ESP and astrology to super powers and mysterious objects. She is someone you’ll want to laugh and cry with over a big cup of frozen yogurt with extra toppings.
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When you’re entering into the Coming of age years, or the right of passage, it is never easy for young boys, especially when there is death nearby.
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Johnny Get Your Gun
Narrated by Dion Graham.
This novel is also known as Death for a Playmate and it is the third book in the Virgil Tibbs mystery series, that began with In the Heat of the Night. In this story, a nine-year-old boy who is lonely after a family move, shoots an older child that has stolen something from him, thus igniting the militant blacks and racist whites of 1960s Pasadena, into a black-white conflict involving riots and brutalities. Here, childhood has gone awry, racism that ought to shock does not, and political conflicts only adds fuel to the fire.
On Two Feet and Wings
Narrated by the author Abbas Kazerooni
Is the story of a 10 year old boy who is forced to leave his war-torn home to escape Tehran. The Iran-Iraq War is at its bloodiest and the ayatollahs, or rulers of Iran, have reduced the age of recruitment into the army. If Abbas doesn’t leave soon he will have to go to war and he is too young to die.
This terrifying story brings to light the strange and often frightening city of Istanbul that Abbas has had to grow up fast, while living there.
But when he’s living alone for twelve weeks in a rundown hotel, he needs to learn to live by his wits and watch his back. Will he ever get his dream visa to escape to England?
These well narrated stories are about the courage of small boys and they are as gripping as any novel.
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Wow! This heart wrenching true story of David vs Goliath, is one of the best I’ve ever heard.
In 1953, Jonesboro, Arkansas, a baby boy was born – dead. The attending physician set his little body aside and tended to his mother for 18 minutes. Now, more than 60 years later, that boy leads an internationally known ministry that encourages hundreds of thousands of people every year. The Boy Born Dead tells his incredible story from the perspective of his best friend, David Wideman. This is my review on it…
David (Ring) vs Goliath Review:***** Stars
What a heart wrenching, true story. I was shedding tears even in the first chapter! This is a story of an unlikely hero, with a courage that is nearly impossible to have for such a life, especially for this young man David, born with Cerebral palsy.
This deep-telling story brings to reality the cruel nature of ‘normal’s’ with a plaything to laugh at. David was indeed a plaything for certain people (including an abused girl!).
Although he, himself had developed a cast-iron harshness; an internal fortress that proved difficult to break down… he came to know God and this changed so many things about him and the world around him. This story is a fascinating account of his life, which right off the bat, should never have been. He was in fact declared ‘dead’ on his birth, for 20 minutes! But oh no, David rose against all obstacles and conquered. A real David, and Goliath story that will have you racking thorough the pages at break-neck speed. I bet even the toughest of us could not read this, without having those silly water spouts (our eyes) flowing freely. A must read!! N.B. I listened to the audiobook version of this story, which was narrated superbly, by Paul Michael.
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I challenge anyone to read this story, without shedding any tears. If you don’t shed tears, then unfortunately… your wood is wet!
May your life never be the same again!