"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."--Groucho Marx

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wanted to put up a couple more reviews before I move on to the peanut butter balls. :)

Arnold, J. A. (2011). Ox cart angel [Ebook]. Retrieved from http://www.smashwords.com/‌books/‌view/‌79164

Ox Cart Angel, by J. Arnold, is the story of Claire, a young Métis girl, in the Dakota Territory during the Civil War.  After the local Métis men leave on their yearly journey to sell their furs, Claire’s father decides to begin the risky journey with a ‘retired’ ox and Claire, despite his lack of knowledge and adequate supplies since the majority of space is full of his photography equipment.  The pair endures multiple hardships, dangers, and boredom, aggravated by relationship difficulties. 

This story leaves the reader with images of the difficulties that people endured living in the late 1800s including physical and mental hardship, racism, prejudice, and the constant struggle to survive.  Claire struggles to accept her father’s decision to leave the village of her mother, knowing that her father does not have the skills to make such a trip.  The book paints a vivid picture, leaving the reader exhausted as they meet the struggles along with Claire.  The book drags at the reader’s emotions as the reader follows Claire through her struggles, presenting life in a tremendously difficult time.

I would recommend this book for teens for the historical aspect and for the conflicts of parent/child, racism, and survival.  I received this book through the Library Thing Giveaway Program. 

Tags: YA, Métis, Dakota Territory, 1800's, racism, prejudice, historical

Marchini, T. (2011). Effie at the wedding; A short story [Ebook]. Retrieved from http://www.smashwords.com/‌books/‌view/‌57853

Effie at the Wedding, a short story, by Tracy Marchini, is a fun, joyful read, tailor made for teen 
girls at that awkward age or anyone who has ever been there.  Effie, sister of the bride, does 
not want to attend the wedding, making a list of her reasons, along with lots of other lists.  During 
an attempt to disappear for a while, Effie a bathroom stall holds Effie hostage to complete the merriment of the reader.

I received this book as a Library Thing Giveaway.

Tags; YA,Tracy, wedding, awkward, bride's maid

Hmmm.  It seems I have a lot to learn about this blogging thing.  I created this entry back before Christmas & never posted it.  I've got to get back to work.

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