This book is a little too hard for my 5th grader so we are reading it out loud. We read a few pages a night, complete with side discussions about How Things Were Different Then. The story follows Joseph Martin, 14 year old boy who joined the Patriots to fight the British, ended his stint … More A Young Patriot: The American Revolution as Experienced by One Boy by Jim Murphy
“I can steal anything!” – and then brag about it, get sent to prison, and get co-opted to steal the mystical Gift of Hamiathes, which makes the bearer True King/Queen of Eddis. Snark! Dangerous rivers! Treachery! Gods! So much fun. I don’t know how Turner managed to make the subsequent books EVEN BETTER. The Thief … More The Thief Series byMegan Whalen Turner
Jack and Jill went up the hill and who prepared water for their baths? Twin sisters Jack and Jill. One is pretty, one is a tomboy, but they are identical – how can one be less pretty than the other? Their parents did it to them. And they’re going to learn how to fix it. … More Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
Big sister Verity puts on a red wig and has all the DRAMA. Little sister Anny (Antimony, AKA Timmy, AKA a few other names) has to deal with the mess. And she’s totally not out looking for a hot guy, but if one turns up, she won’t say no. And if another one turns up, … More Magic for Nothing by Seanan McGuire
I picked this book up again because of one scene: The Duchess who is quite rural does not want to learn city manners… then the Deportment Mistress demands how she will know the best way to break the rules if she doesn’t even know what they are. Oh, am I allowed to break the rules? … More A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer
Toby’s bachelorette party should have nothing more dangerous than drunk karaoke… we-the-reader know that’s not going last for long. What’s a more natural companion to pre-wedding than family strife? Oh wow. Just wow. Worst family reunion EVER. Poor Toby.
The Dark Ages – a time when nothing happened. Yes? No. Tuchman follows the life of the last Count of Coucy through the 1300s. The book opens before his birth, with a description of chivalry and the state of the continent, and of course a chapter on the Black Death, the plague which left Europe … More A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century by Barbara W. Tuchman