Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Top 5 in 2016 (so far): Maria Goes for Gold

Maria tells us her picks of the year, so far:

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
Set in Krakow, Poland in 1939 during WWII, Anna is only seven when the story begins. When her father is taken away by the Germans Anna meets the Swallow Man, a somewhat magical and mysterious man, and a bond is formed. She follows him into the forest where they survive several years. When Anna comes dangerously close to being abused, the Swallow Man decides to take extreme action. Will either survive?

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (See our full review here)
17 year old Nora L√≥pez is her family’s caretaker. Her mother is a Cuban immigrant who can’t make ends meet. Her younger brother Hector has gotten in with the wrong crowd and both Nora and her mother suffer the results of Hector’s violent temper. Her father only remembers Nora enough to make a birthday phone call. The setting is another strong character: New York City in the summer of 1977 with the heat, blackouts, and worst of all with the Son of Sam murdering young women in the city. Unforgettable.

Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky
The British boy band sensation –The Ruperts- are coming to New York City. There are fans surrounding the hotel where they will stay. Everyone wants a glimpse of them. Apple, Erin, Isabel and our narrator manage to get a room in the hotel and low and behold who winds up murdered in the girls’ room but one of the Ruperts! Mayham, dark humor, current culture – an entertaining read.

One by Sarah Crossan
Tippi and Grace share everything: clothes, food, friends, bed, and body. They are conjoined sisters. They have separate heads, and arms, but only one set of legs. They love each other as sisters do. But as they begin their sixteenth year one falls ill. They must make a decision that will affect both of them forever. A novel in verse will stay with you for a long time.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (See our posts here)
Masterful historical telling based on a little know true event. The tragic sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, the greatest maritime disaster in history, here more than 9,000 lives were lost, is the inspiration for this novel. Set in East Prussia at the close of WWII whenfav refugees are trying to escape to freedom. The stories of Joanne, Emilia, Florian and Alfred, each with a secret to hide all are vying for survival. If you liked Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity you will appreciate Salt to the Sea.

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