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Author: William Kent Krueger

I enjoyed being drawn into the life of this young boy at a certain place and time as he ascertains the events and circumstances around him. We judge his family, friends and neighbors with the information he doles out to us. But we also grow in knowledge whilst he grows in knowledge. The sermon that his minister/father does after a relative's death is poignant. This sweet book values faith and family but not in a preachy way. It affirms that life is a struggle for everyone and that little acts of goodness makes it bearable, even wonderful!

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Author: Noelle Hancock

I loved this book because I think it is a great idea to learn more about your role models most especially when you are at loose ends yourself. I am a big Eleanor Roosevelt fan so that was just a bonus! What I liked, too, was that the author discovered some not so great things about Eleanor. I think that is so refreshing--we need to admit that everyone is human and has human failings and that we can still learn from our role models even when they fall short in our eyes. I thought of so many of my female friends when I read this and I was anxious to recommend this book to all of them! The age of the author and her journey of seeking reminded me a lot of "Julie and Julia". However, this book was SO much better! Noelle is introspective and brave and a fantastic writer.

Lily's Daughter

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Author: Susan Gerstein

This is a gripping story of Gerstein's childhood during the Nazi occupation of Hungary, of huddling in a coal basement with the neighbors while bombs dropped overhead, and not know what was going to happen next.  Throughout all the horror, there are also tales of heroism, including a tenant who ran to the front to find a doctor for a seriously ill Susan, who nearly succumed to pneumonia, and would have, if not for the bravery of that man.  Written from the viewpoint of young Susan, who was born in 1940, the book is hard to put down.  It's one thing to read the story in a history book, it's quite another to feel what Susan felt as she huddled in that coal basement for months, waiting to die, and knowing that her grandparents were probably already dead, despite the adults trying to soothe her worries.  I highly recommend this book.  It's a treasure.