Hi book friends!
I've been on a bit of a change of pace book kick ever since I got a few awesome recommendations from Penny Kittle at a recent conference. When she recommended this book I knew I had to get it. I'm not really a history fan but I find The Holocaust so important and horrifyingly engaging that I knew I would enjoy reading this book.
The Nazi Hunters is about a group of Jewish spies (who are also Holocaust survivors) who are on a quest to hunt down and bring to justice a Nazi war criminal. Throughout the book I was on the edge of my seat -- will they do it? Is it him? Will he slip away again? Will this really work? THE SUSPENSE! I talked about this with The Martian and I dare say I felt even more suspense in this book. I also love spy and action movies so this fit in very well with that love-- even better that it's a true story! I finished this book in about three days and I told every kid who asked me about it that they HAD TO READ IT.
I think this is a wonderfully approachable way for middle schoolers to learn about The Holocaust--it definitely provides some level of detail to give you a sense of the absolute horror of that time BUT, since its main focus is on capturing the Nazi war criminal, it's not overwhelming like in a lot of Holocaust literature.
One of my favorite things from this book is that it includes documents and photos from the time period. The author did excellent research and it really shows here. I just think multi media in a book gives it so much depth and life, which you might remember from my review of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
You would LOVE The Nazi Hunters like I did if you like. . .
-SUSPENSE! Action! SPY STORIES!
- a great, quick read!
Okay, tell me you'll AT LEAST give this one a shot! I'm trying to convince everyone to read it. Read on friends!
All Fall Down is a book that's been in my to-read stack for a while. It's not that I didn't want to read it; in fact, I kept saving it as my reward for when I finished some other reads. It is totally up my alley: mystery, intrigue, action, possible romance, and a strong female lead--YES.
All Fall Down is about a girl named Grace who comes to live at the U.S. embassy in Adria. Grace is still reeling from the loss of her mother three years ago. Everyone in her life keeps insisting that "it was an accident" but Grace isn't buying it. The only problem is that she's been causing problems trying to prove it for three years and has unearthed, well, nothing except a whole lot of issues for her family, including her grandfather who is the U.S. ambassador.
Her predicament changes a bit when she meets a few friends and also catches a glimpse of someone she thinks may have been involved with her mother's death but she and her family have been down this line before and she can't afford to be wrong this time.
You'd like All Fall Down if you like. . .
friendship + / teamwork
I can't wait to read the next book and the third one is coming out soon! What are you reading recently?
"'Have you really read all those books in your room?' Alaska laughing- 'Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of ‘em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.'" -John Green