The JBC January Book of the Month is Framed
by Frank Cottrell Boyce
"Dylan Hughes always looks on the bright side of things. Sure, his hometown of Manod, Wales, is the rainiest spot in Britain, but it also has the lowest crime rate. Yes, the mountain at the edge of town is the site of a defunct slate quarry, which means the whole mountain, and much of the town, is covered in the uniformly gray color of slate. But, as Dylan says, "All the other mountains around here have grass on the top. Ours is covered in broken slate. Basically they turned the mountain inside out. I mean, how many towns have got an inside-out mountain at the end of the High Street?"
Review by Norah Piehl
The Breadwinner Trilogy will take you on a journey to Afghanistan and Pakistan. BUT, be prepared for a bumpy ride. This will be no ordinary
journey. Your mind will be pushed past speed limits that catapult you into a world of turmoil, war, uncertainty and instability. Throughout this difficult ride across minefields, graveyards, refugee camps and dangerous bazaars, the reader interacts with the protagonists Parvana and Shauvia as they wrestle with the difficult knowledge of what life has become for them.
The Breadwinner will open your eyes to what it means to find the dare to hope for a brighter future for all the girls and boys across the globe. It will strenghten your resolve to do what you can to help someone to transform their fields of ruin and despair into fields of peace, dignity and beauty ...as beautiful as Shauvia's Lavender Field of dreams.
War of the Eagles by Eric Walters.
This month's novel takes us on a Journey to British Columbia. It is 1941 in the midst of World War II where we meet 14-year-old Jed. Jed is a proud Canadian, the son of a British fighter pilot and a Native Canadian woman of theTsimshian tribe. Jed's pride in his Canadian Heritage gets a wake up call however, when his best friend Tadashi, a Japanese Canadian, is interned in a concentration camp, along with other members of the nearby Japanese village. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese are declared enemy aliens and told to prepare to leave their homes, Jed must ask himself where his allegiance belongs. Will he pledge allegiance to his friend or his country? Will he find the answer in his heart and soul...
The Color of My Words
by Lynn Joseph
This is a short but powerful book that will leave a lasting impression on you. It talks about the need of all human beings to express themselves whether its through art, dance, literature etc. How do you express yourself when you are filled with emotions of sadness or joy. Share your voice here and let your readers see the
Colors of Your Words.
A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke and John Rendall
This month's JBC novel will draw you right in and may even draw tears from your eyes. Christian the Lion is a heart stirring account of a young lion cub who spent his early life with two young men Anthony and John. The adventurous trio spend several months together in a London apartment where they develop an amazing bond of love and friendship.
When Christian gets too big, it is impossible to keep him confined in an apartment and so the men do the right thing and send him back to the jungle so he could be free to live in his natural environment.
Christian survives the long Journey from England into the expert hands of George Adamson in Kenya, East Africa. George Adamson was called the 'father of the lions because he had a special gift of helping orphaned animals assimilate into the wild. He did an excellent job of teaching Christian how to survive in his natural habitat. However the amazing thing was that when Anthony and John went back to visit Christian in the wild they discovered that the strong bonds of friendship had never been broken ( the picture of them here tells the whole beautiful story.)
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin
This is a beautiful fable about a young Chinese girl named Minli who lives in the village of Fruitless Mountain. Her family is very poor and Minli wishes she could change her family's fortune. Her parents, Ba and Ma, are left behind when Minli leaves them to go on a quest to fix her family's fortune after hearing tales of the Old Man of the Moon, who knows the future and has the power to change fortunes. Follow Minli on her journey of hope.
The Cay by Theodore Taylor http://www.theodoretaylor.com/bio.htm
Our April Book of the month, The Cay takes us on a Journey to the small Caribbean island of Curacao, off the coast of Venezuela.
The Cay is the story of Phillip, a boy living on the island during World War II. As he and his mother are trying to escape the war and head back to their home in Virginia, the
ship they are riding on is hit by a torpedo and sinks. Phillip survives the boat accident only to be trapped on an island with a black cat and a black man named Timothy. The accident leaves Phillip blind. Not only does he have to learn adjust ot his blindness, but he must learn to survive on the barren island in the Caribbean Sea. In the midst of this ordeal, Phillip also changes his views on racial prejudice and develops a strong bond with Timothy.
The author, Theodore Taylor, dedicated this book to Martin Luther King Jr.
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