Poetry Month – Day 21

Cold Fury by T.M. Goeglein (Shadorma poem)


Gun and cash –

Sixteen and alone –

Sara Jane


Needs to find her parents and

Fight for her own life.


More Historical Fiction

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Ages 10 and up

Annemarie is in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1943, when Nazis have taken over.  At first, Annemarie doesn’t think much about it, as she hasn’t been directly affected.  Eventually, her best friend Ellen, and her family, are in danger so Annemarie takes greater steps to be brave, courageous and to see as much of the truth as she can handle.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars


Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse

Ages 11 and up

The book is written in freestyle verse, from the viewpoint of Billie Jo, the female protagonist. Billie Jo, her father, and her mother (who is with child) live in Cimarron County (in the panhandle of Oklahoma) during the dust storms of the 1930s.  Billie Jo describes life, and the way that her family tries to keep going in spite of the dust and dirt on everything they own.  Early on in the story, Billie Jo’s mother (and the baby) after a horrible accident that was caused by carelessness.  The rest of the story is about how Billie Jo and her father exist around each other while they each grieve.

My Rating:  5 Stars

Some Historical Fiction

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Ages 10 and up

Delphine, and her younger sisters Vonetta and Fern, visit their estranged mother in Oakland, California during the summer of ’68.  When Delphine and her sisters go to a summer camp, run by the Black Panther Party, their eyes are opened to new ways of thinking about things:  some scary, some reasonable.  Through all of this, Delphine and her sisters also struggle to come to terms with their mother, her nonchalance about their existence, and who they are regardless.

My Rating: 4 stars

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

Ages 10 and up

Moose and his family have just moved to Alcatraz Island, where his dad will be working as a guard.  Set in the 1930s, Moose is worried about the prisoners on the island, including Al Capone.  Moose meets Piper, the outgoing, overbearing, and very cute daughter of the warden. Piper is very talented at breaking the rules, while she has her dad convinced that she is blameless.  Moose has to deal with Piper,  his own sister who is autistic, a dad who is so busy keeping the Island safe that he isn’t around to keep his own family safe.

My Rating: 5 stars