• Liberation of Denmark 75th Anniversary

    Number the Stars & 75 Years Since Denmark’s Liberation

    This May Marks the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Denmark On April 9, 1940 after one of the shortest battles in history lasting a mere six hours, Denmark was occupied by the Nazis. They would remain under Nazi control until May 1945 when they were liberated by Allied Forces. During the time of occupation in Denmark, as in many other occupied countries the Nazis were on the hunt for innocent Jews. Amazingly though, about 90 percent of Danish Jews survived the Holocaust. That is significantly more than any other European country. Why? The Danes had a fortunate advantage than that of many other countries.…

  • Pages & Co. Book 2 | Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales

    Book Review |Pages & Co. Book 2|Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales

    “Books aren’t interested in who is reading them… A book will welcome any reader; any age, any background, any point of view. Books don’t care if you can’t understand every word in them, or if you want to skip bits or reread bits. Books welcome everyone who wants to explore them, and thankfully no one has ever worked out a way to stop that.” – Anna James, Tilly and the Lost Fairytales Pages & Co. 2 | Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales Today I want to show you a fairly recently published book, and quickly give you some of my thoughts about it. The…

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    Book Review |Pages & Co. 1| Tilly and the Book Wanderers

    “Are the things in your imagination less real than the things in front of you? Is this rose more real than you? Do the books you’ve read mean less to you because they haven’t really happened to you? Do daydreams at midday or nightdreams at midnight mean nothing?”  – Anna James, Tilly and the Bookwanderers Pages & Co. 1 | Tilly and the Bookwanderers Eleven-year-old Matilda Pages or Tilly has lived with her grandparents in their bookshop, Pages & Co. ever since her mother’s mysterious disappearance shortly after Tilly was born. Just merely living in a bookshop with access to almost any book you want to…

  • Death Comes to Pemberley Book Review

    Book Review| Death Comes to Pemberley

    Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James Death Comes to Pemberley is thrilling sequel to the beloved classic Pride & Prejudice. It is set in 1803, about six years after the conclusion of Jane Austen’s novel. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for several years and have two children in the Pemberley nursery, to make Elizabeth’s happiness even more complete, Mr. Bingley and Jane live within seventeen miles of Pemberley, and there is even a prospective suitor for Georgiana.    A peaceful, quiet, and happy life comes under threat for the Darcys one evening, when amidst preparations for the annual Lady Anne ball to be held…

  • Book Review | Between Shades of Gray 8

    Book Review | Between Shades of Gray

    Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys They took me in my nightgown. Thinking back, the signs were there — family photos burned in the fireplace, Mother sewing her best silver and jewelry into the lining of her coat late at night, and Papa not returning from work. My younger brother, Jonas, was asking questions. I asked questions too, but perhaps I refused to acknowledge the signs. Only later did I realize that Mother and Father intended we escape. We did not escape. We were taken. – Between Shades of Gray, Chapter One I don’t often read adult books. I have only read a few…

  • Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit

    Book Review | E. Nesbit’s Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare

    Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare by E. Nesbit I have noticed that there is some controversy about E. Nesbit’s Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare. There seems to be two popular opinions.  It is  one of the greatest retelling of Shakespeare’s plays ever written! When she wrote it, Edith Nesbit left out too much of the original plays. It seems that people are either all for it, or not for it at all. E. Nesbit always felt that children should be introduced to Shakespeare in an easier and more enjoyable way. She thoughtfully included a glossary of difficult names in the plays and a guide on how to…

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    Book Review | Wolf Hollow

    “The year I turned twelve, I learned that what I said and what I did mattered. So much, sometimes, that I wasn’t sure I wanted such a burden. But I took it anyway, and I carried it as best I could.” ~ Lauren Wolk, Wolf Hollow Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk “The year I turned twelve, I learned how to lie.     I don’t mean the small fibs that children tell. I mean real lies fed by real fears — things I said and did that took me out of the life I’d always known and put me down hard into a new one.…