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On My Bookshelf: Till We Say Goodbye by Nahum Siva

On My Bookshelf: Till We Say Goodbye by Nahum Sivan {6/23}. Learn about life in Israel and a family's struggle with leukemia.

On My Bookshelf: Riding by Cassia Cassitas

In Riding by Cassia Cassitas a young man overcomes obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games. His parents introduce him to the world of cycling where he gains confidence, new friends, and determination to reach his goals.

On My Bookshelf: The Daughters of Palatine Hill by Phyllis T. Smith

In The Daughters of Palatine Hill by Phyllis T. Smith, three women of ancient Rome struggle to find the balance between family, power, and love. Livia, wife of Augustus Caesar wants peace for Rome, Julia, daughter of Augustus Caesar, wants to feel like more than a pawn, and Selene, daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, wants peace for her new family. Read on for more of my review and ideas for classroom use.

On My Bookshelf: China Dolls by Lisa See

In China Dolls by Lisa See, three young Asian women meet while auditioning at a San Francisco nightclub and quickly become friends despite their differences. But the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the start of World War II will change everything. Read on for more of my review and ideas for classroom application.

On My Bookshelf: Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is book one in a series about life in a very realistic post-apocalyptic world. An asteroid has knocked the moon closer to Earth causing all sorts of natural disasters. Miranda, the main character, and her family must make difficult choices about survival with no end to the disaster in sight. Read on for more of my review and ideas for classroom use.

On My Bookshelf: China Dolls by Lisa See

In China Dolls by Lisa See, three young Asian women meet while auditioning at a San Francisco nightclub and quickly become friends despite their differences. But the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the start of World War II will change everything. Read on for more of my review and ideas for classroom application.

On My Bookshelf: The Light of the World by Ellen Simpson

The LIght of the World by Ellen Simpson is a mix of The DaVinci Code meets The Golden Compass with a struggle between good and evil, the protector of "the light of the world" versus its seekers, possible conspiracy, and secrets that can't be revealed. Read on for more of my review and ideas for classroom application.

On My Bookshelf: Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards

In Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards, Celestia is vacationing with her socialite family when she meets and falls in love with Peter, a young man working at the hotel as a way out of the coal mines. Their forbidden love is tested and social status matters little when the Johnstown Flood occurs. Read on for more of my review and ideas for classroom use.