I had heard a lot about The Glass Castle, and asked for it for Christmas along with some other books. It was the first one that I read. The book is a memoir of Jeanette Walls’ life. Her free spirited parents move all across the country with her siblings as they live in poverty. It’s full of adventures, but at the same time there is a lot of seriousness behind her stories. There were times in the book that I was laughing and times where my jaw was dropped in shock. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and was impressed and inspired by Jeanette Walls’ will and determination through out the entire book.
Reviewed by Samira ’11
*Note: this review intentionally follows “Breaking Night”, the book that Mrs. Zahrobsky reviewed. The two are a lot alike and if you like one then you can rest assured that you will really like the other as well. -Mrs. Archambault
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If you loved the movie “Titanic” then brace yourself, you’re going to be head- over-heels for this one! Written in free-verse, this page turner takes place in 1888 at the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, right outside Johnstown, Pennsylvania. There, 15 year old Celestia is vacationing with her nouveau riche family when she meets and eventually falls deeply in love with Peter, a hired hand at the resort. Their story intertwines with those of several other characters with equally interesting stories. As the rain continues to fall and the dam continues to weaken, the plot thickens. This is a really cool way to learn about this devastating flood which actually did sweep through several Pennsylvania towns bringing death and destruction all along its path. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of historical fiction, I dare say that you will read this book in one sitting, it’s that good.
Reviewed by Mrs. Archambault
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