Wednesday, January 13, 2010
"A Question Of Loyalty", written by Barbara Greenwood, published in 1984, is a story about Deborah Wallbridge. Deborah must decide where her loyalties lie. Is it with her father, or with the boy she meets in their barn, Dan Peterson? Dan is a rebel, the very people her father and brother, Nat, are fighting against. But Dan is hurt and needs help. Should Deborah help him, betraying her father, or send away this wounded boy? If Dan is discovered her family would be branded with the name "traitor" and have their barn burned down. But, if she turns him in to the sheriff, then Dan would be hanged! Silas Hawkes,a man who never liked the Wallbridge family, is eager and determined to incriminate Deborah's family - even if it means bending the law slightly. What if Silas finds Dan? What if Deborah's parents find Dan? Will Deborah turn Dan away? Dan's plight is in Deborah's hands. Deborah must decide where her loyalty lies. I recommend this book for ages nine to fifteen!
Monday, January 11, 2010
"The Celtic Knot" is a story that takes place in Dublin, Ireland. This is just one story from the series "Girls Of Many Lands". It was written by Sioban Parkinson and published in 2003. This story is about Kathleen Murphy, an everyday Irish girl, living in 1937, who suddenly discovers an unknown talent for dancing. Her real dream, though, is not to dance but to live with her Aunt Polly(though her real name is Mary)and go to a cafe on Saturday and eat chocolate eclairs without caring about anything or anyone. Mrs. Maguire is the dance instructor, though Kathleen thinks she looks like a potato sack, that can't dance a step. Many problems get in the way of dance lessons though. First of all, Kathleen has to learn with Tess, the school bully, and Tess's friends, also very mean. The lessons cost money, too much money. Plus, how can she dance in the feis, a competition, without a proper dress? Is it true that the dress she has is made of curtains? Will she win the feis? Find all this and more by... you guessed it, reading the book! I found this book very enjoyable and think it is a great read for ages eight to thirteen!