Friday, March 11, 2011
If you've read A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett and wondered what happened next, you'll want to read Wishing for Tomorrow by Hilary McKay. Sara (rich girl, poor maid, rich girl) has left the boarding school. Her friend Eremengarde has no one to confide in and little Lottie has no one to keep her out of trouble. Then there's Miss Minchin the head mistress who has always ruled the school with an iron fist spending days in her room and Alice, the new maid refusing to keep the school clean and talking about them needing fresh air.
Of course it's all Sara's fault, but she's not there to make it right. Recommended for grades 3 - 6.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
The Romeo and Juliet Code by Phoebe Stone
As the bombs continue to fall in London during WW II, Felicity's parents bring her to Maine to live with her father's mother, brother and sister. She knows it will be strange, but doesn't understand why her uncle brushes off her father's embrace and neither he or her grandmother will talk to her mother.
When her uncle receives letters from her father in Portugal and insists they are from someone else, Felicity knows she must find a way to see those letters and try to figure out where her parents are and what they are doing. Recommended for grades 4 - 7.