Temecula Middle School

Book Reviews

Berlin Boxing Club.jpgThe Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow - Historical Fiction

In 1936 Berlin, fourteen-year-old Karl Stern, considered Jewish despite a nonreligious upbringing, learns to box from the legendary Max Schmeling while struggling with the realities of the Holocaust.

 

 

 

 

Witch & Wizard by James Patterson  - Fantasy/Suspense/Dystopias

A sister and brother, along with thousands of young people, have been kidnapped and either thrown in prison or turned up missing after accusations of witchcraft were made against them, and the ruling regime will do anything in order to suppress life and liberty, music and books.      

 

 

 

 

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 Dark Souls by Paula Morris  - Fiction

Sixteen-year-old Miranda Tennant arrives in York, England, with her parents and brother, trying to recover from the terrible accident that killed her best friend, and while in the haunted city she falls in love for the first time as two boys, one also suffering from a great loss and the other a ghost, fight for her attentions. 

 

 

 

No Ordinary Day.jpgNo Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis  - Fiction

Valli has always been afraid of the lepers living on the other side of the train tracks in the coal town of Jharia, India, so when a chance encounter with a doctor reveals she also has leprosy, Valli rejects help and begins an uncertain life on the streets. 

 

 

 

 

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The Great Death by John Smelcer  - Historical Fiction

As their Alaskan village's only survivors of sickness brought by white men one winter early in the twentieth century, sisters Millie, aged thirteen, and Maura, ten, make their way south in hopes of finding someone alive.      

 

 

 

 

Bread and Roses, Too.jpgBread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson - Historical Fiction

Twelve-year-old Rosa and thirteen-year-old Jake form an unlikely friendship as they try to survive and understand the 1912 Bread and Roses strike of mill workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

 

 

 

 

Come Juneteenth.jpgCome Juneteenth by Ann Rinaldi  - Historical Fiction

Fourteen-year-old Luli and her family face tragedy after failing to tell their slaves that President Lincoln's Emanicipation Proclamation made them free.