What I’m Reading: Fever 1793

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I just finished up listening to the audio book Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson.  I have known about this book for some time.  I almost bought it out of the kids’ book orders for myself when they were in school (that’s how you know you’re a real historical/juvenile fiction nut-buying books for yourself from the book order).  I never did by the book but when I saw it was available as and audio book via the online library, I snapped it up.

The book was pretty good…easy for kids to understand.  I can see if I was a upper elementary teacher that this might be a good choice to have my classroom of kids read.  The book was fast moving and had lots of scenes where kids could pick up pieces of history.

Here’s what Amazon had to say, “During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather. Mattie spends her days avoiding chores and making plans to turn the family business into the finest Philadelphia has ever seen. But then the fever breaks out. 
Disease sweeps the streets, destroying everything in its path and turning Mattie’s world upside down. At her feverish mother’s insistence, Mattie flees the city with her grandfather. But she soon discovers that the sickness is everywhere, and Mattie must learn quickly how to survive in a city turned frantic with disease.”

Amazon readers give it 4.5 stars….I guess reading it as an adult, I’d say 4.2 stars.  I could see a few flaws.  The author would occasionally sound like a modern day teen, then she’d fall back to the formality of the times.  It was nothing serious, but as an I am an adult reader, it’s something I noticed.  All in all, it’s a quick read and a fine book.

What I’m Reading: Hilter Youth

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I just finished up listening to the audio version of Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award (Awards)) by Susan Campbell Bartoletti.


This was a fast listen.  It is really meant to be a juvenile non fiction book but I grabbed it up anyway.  Like I said it wasn’t a very long book at all but interesting.  I really didn’t learn anything that I already heard before.  Like the title and book jacket suggest, the focus is on the Hitler Youth during WWII.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about it, “In her first full-length nonfiction title since winning the Robert F. Sibert Award, Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores the riveting and often chilling story of Germany’s powerful Hitler Youth groups.

“I begin with the young. We older ones are used up . . . But my magnificent youngsters! Look at these men and boys! What material! With them, I can create a new world.” –Adolf Hitler, Nuremberg 1933

By the time Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, 3.5 million children belonged to the Hitler Youth. It would become the largest youth group in history. Susan Campbell Bartoletti explores how Hitler gained the loyalty, trust, and passion of so many of Germany’s young people. Her research includes telling interviews with surviving Hitler Youth members.”

Amazon readers say 4.5 stars…It was well written for youth…for me personally I’d have liked a longer book with more to it so I’m refraining from rating it as I am seeing it through different eyes.  If you’re a home schooler or person who loves to share history with a child or grand child, the book would be wonderful.

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