August reading must have’s

Historical Fiction

Orphan Train , New York times best seller, written by Christina Baker Kline. It is a historical novel, portraying the experience of Vivian, an Irish immigrant, who as a child rode the orphan train after losing her parents in a tragic accident.

More than 120,000  abandoned children were placed in homes between 1853 and the early 1900’s. You can read more about this part of American history at The Children’s Aid


once crazy
Historical Fiction

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.An amazing  author to inspire children and adults alike. One crazy summer is a Newbery Honor novel.

From the back cover; “One Crazy Summer is a heartbreaking, funny tail of three girls who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 in search of the mother who abandoned them.”

 “I just took the box and nodded, because that’s how you treat crazy people. You nod and count down twenty-seven days for crazy to come to an end.”
Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer



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Inside Out & Back Again by Harper Collins

A Newbery Honor book. Inspired by the author’s childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama.

From the back of the book;”For all the ten years of her life, Ha has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by, and the beauty of her very own papaya tree. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Ha and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope.

This is the moving story of one girl’s year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one  country to another, one life to the next.”

I love to read. I especially love to read historical novels.  I learn something new. I might understand something better. I can empathize more fully and hopefully become a better person because of it.


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