The Screwtape Letters are a series of letters from Uncle Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood. They are servants of Satan (Our Father Below, as he is referred to). Uncle Screwtape is instructing Wormwood on the best ways to win his “patient’s” soul for Satan. It brilliantly shows how Satan works in subtle ways we would never imagine and that his ultimate goal is to separate you from Jesus by any means possible.
Gordon Korman never fails to entertain. This delightful book tells the story of Donovan who is gifted at getting into trouble, but not much else. There is a mix up and he is sent to the gifted school. He definitely does not fit in with the geniuses there, but ultimately the gifted kids learn that there is more to life than just being really smart, and he learns that maybe he has more to offer than anyone ever thought. There are a lot of hilarious scenes in this book. You will love it.
This book chronicles Efraim Zuroff’s quest to find Nazis that had not been prosecuted after WWII and bring them to trial. He devoted his entire life to this endeavor and achieved very little success. His passion and conviction never let him stop hunting the Nazis with blood on their hands in the hopes that he could find justice for the victims of the holocaust.
This classic tale is beautifully told. Mary is a contrary, horrible girl who is orphaned and sent to live with her Uncle in England. She doesn’t like anyone and no one likes her, but she he finds a secret place that will change everything and everyone at Misselthwaite Manor. Wonderful book!
This is just a really sad and depressing book. I don’t see how a kid would ever enjoy reading it. It is about a boy named Jamie. He witnesses something bad in the first sentence of the book, and tries to deal with the fear for the rest of the story. How it won the Newberry Honor, I can’t imagine.
E.L. Konigsburg has a way of writing youth characters that are smart, interesting, and engaging. This story is about four 6th graders who don’t quite fit in, but find each other to create a secret club. They call themselves “The Souls.” Their teacher picks them to represent the class in the academic bowl. You are introduced to each character through their own narration and grow to love each one. Very good story.
Rebecca Stead is quickly becoming one of my favorite children’s authors. “When you Reach Me” was fantastic and Liar and Spy is even better. It’s a book about a 7th grade boy named Georges (pronounced George). He’s something of a misfit at school and his old best friend has left him for the cool table. When his family moves into a new apartment after losing their house, he sees a sign in the basement that says “Spy Club Meeting Today.” What follows will change everything. You will love Georges and be cheering for him all the way through this book.