Book # 6 Middle Grade Novel in Verse
I started this book when my daughter brought it home for a class assignment this year and forgot to go back to it after she snatched it away. Fortunately it has come up on a few blogs in the past two weeks so I was reminded to go back to it. House Arrest is the story of Timothy, a boy who is on house arrest for stealing a wallet. But what you find out within the first few entries of his court appointed journal, Timothy didn't steal money for fun or to buy himself something special. He needed the money for medicine for his baby brother. A beautiful novel in verse.
Book # 7 Middle Grade Realistic Fiction
Tristan loves living in NYC so when his parents announce they bought a house in the middle of the woods near a tiny little town to "do something different," he is less than thrilled. Since he can't start school until January, Tristian's parents decide to have him choose an independent project. Inspired by the mystery behind a sign in the General Store window that reads, "Yes, we do have chocolate cream doughnuts," even though the store sells none, Tristian has no idea that choosing doughnuts as his project will teach him so much more than starting a business. He'll also learn about friendship, fitting in, and self-worth. I really enjoyed this novel. I'm not a baker, but I may have to try to make one of the recipes that came from this book.