Abby Carson learns she's in danger of failing the sixth grade, her
teacher assigns her an extra credit assignment to help with her social
studies grade. Abby will write to a pen pal in Afghanistan and then
present a report to the class. When Sadeed writes back to her, Abby
learns that although they are different, they are also the same, and she
begins to see her life in America through new eyes.
Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn
is a love story about two people who meet over and over through
multiple lives from prehistory through the present time. Amazingly they
are able to find one another in each life, their story growing with
each lifetime. Through every lifetime, both characters bring something
of their former selves and are easily able to recognize one another,
even though they don't exactly know why. Each part of the story ends
tragically, with their love never quite working out, with the exception
of the final story, in which they find one another and are together
This was a really cool way to tell a story. It was fun to read about the same couple through different times and
places in history. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good
love story that ends happily ever after!
Three ordinary children are brought together by extraordinary events. . .
Giuseppe is an orphaned street musician from Italy, who was sold by
his uncle to work as a slave for an evil padrone in the U.S. But when a
mysterious green violin enters his life he begins to imagine a life of
freedom. Hannah is a soft-hearted, strong-willed girl from the
tenements, who supports her family as a hotel maid when tragedy strikes
and her father can no longer work. She learns about a hidden treasure,
which she knows will save her family -- if she can find it. And
Frederick, the talented and intense clockmaker's apprentice, seeks to
learn the truth about his mother while trying to forget the nightmares
of the orphanage where she left him. He is determined to build an
automaton and enter the clockmakers' guild -- if only he can create a
working head. Together, the three discover they have phenomenal
power when they team up as friends, and that they can overcome even the
darkest of fears.