Allegedly

Mary B. Addison killed a baby.  Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a churchgoing black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.

This is a fantastic book about a young girl who allegedly commits a crime. We follow her tumultuous life in a group home and learn of the struggles she had as a child. The characters are so well developed that you can’t help but be drawn in and root for Mary.  But at the end you really have to wonder, did she…..

Long Way Down

A cannon. A strap. A piece. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A chopper. A gat. A hammer. A tool for RULE

Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he?

This is an easy, quick read as it is written in verse.  Will is on his way to get his brother’s killer but is battling with his conscience as he rides down in the elevator. It is a good story showing how many things can be connected.  And the ending is left up in the air, did he do it?

To Look a Nazi in the Eye

The true story of nineteen-year-old Jordana Lebowitz’s time at the trial of Oskar Groening, known as the bookkeeper of Auschwitz, a man charged with being complicit in the death of more than 300,000 Jews. A granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Jordana attended the trial. She realized that by witnessing history she gained the knowledge and legitimacy to be able to stand in the footsteps of the survivors.

I enjoyed this book, but unfortunately not as much as I thought I would.  I expected more from it. The historical aspect is very interesting and it is impressive how Jordana was able to get herself to Germany for the trials.  Jordana is a terrific young person who will make things happen in her life.

 

The Marrow Thieves

In a futuristic world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America’s Indigenous people, and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow, and dreams, means death for the unwilling donors. Driven to flight, a fifteen-year-old and his companions struggle for survival, attempt to reunite with loved ones and take refuge from the “recruiters” who seek them out to bring them to the marrow-stealing “factories.”

Going into this book I wasn’t really sure about it and now that I’ve read it I’m still not that sure.  Not that it is a bad book, it’s okay I was just a bit disappointed by the ending, I was expecting more.  The book depicts an interesting take on the future and how twisted society can become even when you would think that we would learn from our past mistakes.

Pizza Party

The first round of HIT List draws was made at a pizza party on Wednesday. Congratulations to all of the HIT List winners. The big winners were Sierra Gold with a 2 for 1 Cineplex pass, a Mr. E’s Solve-It-Torium pass and a Medicine Hat Tigers team signed hockey stick and Wesley Ewert won the Kobo e-reader. We would like to THANK the following sponsors for their generosity in supporting the HIT List:
EBHS Chess Club
Medicine Hat Tigers Hockey Club Ltd.
EIWM Holdings (Tim Hortons)
Booster Juice
Burger King
Pancotto Enterprises Ltd. (McDonald’s)
Pita Pit
Mr. E’s Solve-It-Torium
Boston Pizza

Heavy Freight

Fifteen-year-old Maxwell Stone has been surviving and thriving in the tough part of East Vancouver by being smart and fast. But when a drug deal goes wrong, Max suddenly finds himself on the run from both the bad guys and the cops. Desperate to escape, Max impulsively decides to hop on a moving freight train. His first attempt to climb aboard fails, but at the last second a hand reaches down and pulls him in. Joseph has been riding the rails for years, and his tales inspire Max to take a journey to the last place he ever expected to go.

I looked forward to reading this book as it is written by Sigmund Brouwer and he doesn’t disappoint.  There is great action right from the start with awesome characters. A great story with important messages contained.  I highly recommend everyone read this book.

Chasing King’s Killer

In his meteoric, thirteen-year rise to fame, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led a mass movement for Civil Rights — with his relentless peaceful, non-violent protests, public demonstrations, and eloquent speeches. But as violent threats cast a dark shadow over Dr. King’s life, Swanson hones in on James Earl Ray, a bizarre, racist, prison escapee who tragically ends King’s life.  Swanson transports readers back to one of the most shocking, sad, and terrifying events in American history. With an introduction by Congressman John Lewis, and over 80 photographs, captions, bibliography, various source notes, and index included.

A great book for history lovers.  Although I already knew about Martin Luther King it was a very interesting read to learn in-depth facts about him and James Earl Ray.  It was fascinating to read the details of Ray’s plan (but unfortunately one never actually learns the motive behind it) and how he eluded capture.  The book is filled with images of photographs and documents which many will find enjoyable.

Children of Blood and Bone

They killed my mother.  They took our magic.  They tried to bury us.  Now we rise.

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

This book didn’t appeal to me because of the title and also because it was a fantasy but once I started reading I was completely drawn in.  It is a great book with lots of action right from page one. It is told from the perspective of the four main characters so you get to know each of them well.  Although the book is a fantasy it’s main theme if very much a fact of life – how many are discriminated against and the losses they endure.

Prince of Pot

Isaac loves art class, drives an old pickup, argues with his father and hangs out with his best buddy, Hazel. But his life is anything but normal. His parents operate an illegal marijuana grow-op, Hazel is a bear that guards the property, and his family’s livelihood is a deep secret.

It’s no time to fall in love with the daughter of a cop.

Isaac’s girlfriend Sam is unpredictable, ambitious and needy. And as his final year of high school comes to an end, she makes him consider a new kind of life pursuing his interest in art, even if that means leaving behind his beloved home in the Rockies and severing all ties with his family.

this was a great book.  Easy to read and quite action packed. The characters and their issues are very relatable even if the story line is maybe a bit of a stretch.

Escape From Syria

When the family home in Aleppo is destroyed by a government-led bomb strike, Walid has no choice but to take his wife and children and flee their war-torn and much loved homeland. They struggle to survive in the wretched refugee camps of Lebanon, and when Youssef becomes fatally ill as a result of the poor hygienic conditions, his father is forced to take great personal risk to save his family.

Walid’s daughter, the young Amina, a whip-smart grade-A student, tells the story. As she witnesses firsthand the harsh realities that her family must endure if they are to survive — swindling smugglers, treacherous ocean crossings, and jihadist militias — she is forced to grow up very quickly in order to help her parents and brother.

This book gives a very short, almost abrupt, version of what occurred in Syria.  Some may enjoy this, I personally found it lacking. I would enjoy much more description and historical content. I found it to be very condensed, vague, choppy and jumpy.