28. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Kristin · Tags:

May B. by Caroline Starr Rose, 231 pages, read by Kristin, on 10/26/2013

First impression, the style of the book drove me nuts!  The story is written in the form of a poem: short lines, stanzas, etc.  Seriously, it took me two-thirds of the way through the book to get used to it.  That being said, it was a quick read.  I read it aloud to my daughter in 2 hours in one sitting.

Mavis Betterly, May, has a few problems.  She doesn’t do well in school and she wants to be a teacher. Her parents have pulled her from school and hired her out to another family.  The couple leaves her and she is forced to survive on her own for 5 months until her father is supposed to come and pick her up for Christmas.

May does a good deal of growing up in the time she’s alone and eventually decides that she is in charge of what happens to her.

I like the idea of the story.  It is set in Kansas as the West is being settled in the late 1800’s.  The story has kind of a Little House on the Prairie vibe, which I like and May is a strong character.  These are the selling points.  The format took away from the story in my opinion.  I wish I had picked up the audio version.  I think I would’ve liked it better.

31. July 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: History, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand, 473 pages, read by Tammy, on 07/29/2012

This is the story of one man’s journey from fighting to survive physically from a bomber crash in the sea, and fighting for physical and mental survival as a prisoner of war to coming to terms with his experiences and learning to forgive and reclaim his own life.

Louis Zamperini had trained as an athlete leading him to compete in the Berlin Olympics but WWII changed his calling to airman. On a May afternoon in 1943, with the crash of his bomber, Zamperini began a much longer journey of endurance. A test of his will to live and to overcome.