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Listen to the Voices

Today, January 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, as designated by the United Nations.  It marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet troops in 1945.  Seventy years ago, the conquering Red Army discovered the largest of the concentration/death camps, and the public began the impossible task of processing the horror and atrocity that was the Holocaust.

As I began researching this post I was struggling to find the best way to frame it, while doing justice to the subject matter and the memory of the more than six million people who died as a result of Nazi policy.  I discovered that perhaps the best way to remember, and learn, is to simply listen.

Weezy-Jean, 8 years old, asked me what I was reading about and thus began a lengthy dinner conversation outlining the horrors of the Holocaust.  It was through her eyes that I realized for children to grasp the nature of the Holocaust there needs to be a human connection.  The concept of six million people was simply impossible for her to process, her shock that people allowed this to happen was incomprehensible, and the idea that no one stopped Hitler was ludicrous.    The numbers, dates, locations, technicalities –  none of this could possibly help her wrap her head around the Holocaust.

So I told her a story. “Is it true?” she asked. “Yes, I said.”  About a little girl named Syvia, who wore a yellow star, and at 4 years old had to leave her home and live in a ghetto.  About a boy name Elie, who survived, and became a writer to share his story.  About Anne, who died, but whose voice has echoed through the decades, loudly and clearly reminding the world that she was here.

To honor the victims of the holocaust this Remembrance Day, take time to listen.  Hear their voices, one by one, as they share their struggle.   When you close the book, remember the 6 million more voices that were silenced.  Their stories and gifts were stolen from our world.   The survivors give voice to the victims, and if we listen,  we guarantee they will not be forgotten.

yellow starYellow Star – by Jennifer Roy.    “In 1945, the war ended.  The Germans surrendered, and the ghetto was liberated. Out of more than a quarter million people, only about 800 walked out of the ghetto.  Of those who survived, only twelve were children.  I was one of the twelve.”   This excerpt is from an interview with Sylvia Perlmutter, Jennifer Roy’s aunt.  Roy alternates historical contextual information with Sylvia’s story, which is told in prose.  Yellow Star illuminates the shocking, painful reality of life as a Polish Jew in the Lodz ghetto where Sylvia lived for five years. (MR-4/5)

annefrankAnne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – For two years Anne and her family hid from the Nazi’s in Amsterdam.  Her diary of their time in hiding is honest and heartbreaking, both concerning mundane daily life and the horrors of her situation.  When the Nazi’s raided the “secret annexe” in August, 1944 everyone was sent to concentration camps and Anne died of  typhus in Bergen-Belsen in March, 1945.    Her father, Otto, survived and first published Anne’s diary in 1947   For nearly 70 years it has honored her memory, and given voice to the millions who died.  For more information on Anne Frank’s experience, to see photos and maps of the secret annexe, and to discover what Anne’s diary looked liked visit the Anne Frank House website. (MR/YA-6 and up)

evasstoryEva’s Story: A Survivor’s Tale by the Stepsister of Anne Frank – by Eva Schloss.   Eva was just one month older than Anne Frank, and lived in the same neighborhood.  They were acquaintances, but not close friends.  They both went into hiding in 1942.  But where Anne’s diary ends, and her subsequent death robs us of the rest of her story, Eva’s story continues.  Sharing her traumatic and painful experiences of hiding, discovery, transport, and eventual survival of Auschwitz-Birkenau we discover what so many endured and so few survived.  A remarkable story of luck, determination, and strength of spirit.  Highly recommended to be read along with Diary of a Young Girl(MR/YA – 6 and up)
 

nightNight by Elie Wiesel. At just a little over one hundred pages, Night tells Nobel Peace Prize winner Wiesel’s story of forced transport from his home to Auschwitz, the loss of his family, and the deterioration of the human spirit.  As a teenage survivor of the Holocaust, Wiesel shares his experience in terrifying detail.  He also bears witness to the atrocities, testifying to the horror and using his voice to proclaim that this must never happen again.

aluckychildA Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy by Thomas Buergenthal.  Only ten years old when he was separated from his parents in Auschwitz, Thomas attributes his remarkable survival to street smarts and an enormous amount of luck.  These are his recollections of the harrowing life of a Jewish child in Nazi era Europe.  After the war he became a human rights lawyer, and attributes the influence of his childhood experiences in directing his area of expertise.   Buergenthal eventually sat as the US judge on the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

fireflies in the darkFireflies in the Dark: The Story of Friedl Dicker-Brandeis and the Children of Terezin by Susan Goldman Rubin. I’ve attempted to focus on the first-person voices of children of the Holocaust, but I’ve included Fireflies in the Dark because of the artwork within, as it speaks volumes about the young residents of the Terezin concentration camp.  When art teacher Friedl Dicker-Brandeis packed her bags for deportation to Terezin she took what was most essential to her – the art supplies she would need to continue teaching the Jewish children in the camp.  For nearly two years she used art to keep hope alive, to create a safe place to express the impossible emotions the children were feeling, and to help them escape the dim reality of their existence in Terezin.   Upon liberation of Terezin, one of Friedl’s students discovered over 5000 drawings created by the children.  It is through their artwork that we are able to hear the voices of these children, bear witness to their experience, honor and remember them.(PB – age 8 and up)

To hear more voices of the Holocaust visit The USC Shoah Foundation, which has an online database of audio-visual recordings of survivors stories.

For additional information visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC

 

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M is for…

Two ordinary kids, a tree-house in the woods, and books about every subject imaginable.  Add a little magic, mystery, and adventure and you’ve got the classic early-reader series that transports every kid to places they’ve only dreamed of!

Magic Treehouse Series by Mary Pope Osbourne

Jack and Annie, siblings from Frog Creek, Pennsylvania, are transported through time and space to help the mythical Morgan LeFay save the library at Camelot.  Along the way they meet dinosaurs, visit ancient Egypt, tackle ninjas, sail on the Titanic, immerse themselves in American History, and more!   Each book is its own stand-alone adventure, but the books connect in groups of 4 to solve larger mysteries. There is a Magic Treehouse story to complement just about any trip, holiday, or historical event.

These are great stories for those ready to tackle chapter books.  However, they are perfect for older Pre-K and Kindergarten readers who are ready for a complex read-aloud.   Suitable for a wide range of readers, Magic Treehouse books address a variety of experiences in an age appropriate way.  And for more inquisitive readers, the Magic Treehouse Fact-Trackers are fantastic non-fiction companions to the series.  For even more check out magictreehouse.com to play and learn with Jack & Annie.

*A Paperback Pigeon All-Time Top 10 Favorite*

mth1-4Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-4: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, and Pirates Past Noon – Real dinosaurs?  Medieval Knights?  Ancient Egypt? Swashbuckling Pirates?   Adventure is just a turn of the page as Jack & Annie begin to discover the magic in their treehouse! (ER-K-3)

mth5-8Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 5-8: Night of the Ninjas, Afternoon on the Amazon, Sunset of the Sabertooth, and Midnight on the Moon –  Time and space are no match for the Magic Treehouse – or for Jack & Annie – when they travel to ancient Japan, voyage down the Amazon River, tackle the Ice Age and land on the Moon!!!

mth1-28Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 1-28 – Sets of 4 books just not enough to satisfy your curious reader?  Get all 28 of the original Magic Treehouse Books and join Jack & Annie for every single magical, mystical adventure from Shakespeare’s England to George Washington’s Revolutionary War encampment.

mthchristmasincamelotChristmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House, No. 29) – In the first book in the Magic Treehouse Merlin Missions, Jack & Annie take on more mythical challenges.  The series elevates in reading level, growing with its readers, as well as in content depth and story length. (ER-2/3)

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Veteran’s Day Voices

It’s Veteran’s Day, an opportunity to remember and honor the members of our country’s military.   November 11 is more than just a day off from school, it is a time to remember that others have served, fought, and sacrificed so that we can continue to live as we choose.  Originally established to commemorate the Armistice established November 11, 1918 ending the hostilities in WWI, in 1954 the holiday was changed to honor veterans of all conflicts.  Check out these books that bring personal perspective to the military experience of World War I.

poppyladyThe Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and Her Tribute to Veteransby Barbara Walsh is the true story of one woman’s quest to honor the soldiers in World War I.  Inspired by John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” Moina Michael turned the poppy into an enduring symbol of appreciation and remembrance for the American military.  (PB)

knityourbitKnit Your Bit: A World War I Story by Deborah Hopkinson is the story of a little boy who wants to help when his father goes off to fight in WWI.  He realizes that doing something small can make a big difference.  Inspired by the true life event of the Central Park Knit-In in 1918. (PB)

bunnywarhorseBunny the Brave War Horse: Based on a True Storyby Elizabeth MacLeod is a heartwarming tale of two brothers and their horse who tackle the horrors of World War I together.  (ER – 1-3)

 

shootingatthestarsShooting at the Stars by John Hendrix details the Christmas Eve Truce of 1914, when British and German soldiers came together on the battlefield to celebrate the holiday together, only to return to their trenches and await orders to resume fighting.  Includes non-fiction support information about the truce. (MR- 4/5)

inflandersfieldsIn Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield follows the lines of the historic poem interspersing factual information about all aspects of the military experience in World War I. (MR – 4/5)

 

afterthedancingdaysAfter the Dancing Days by Margaret Rostkowski tells the story of Annie, a young girl who is trying to forget World War I.  That’s what her mother wants her to do, but Annie can’t seem to forget Andrew, the young injured soldier at the hospital where her father works.  As Annie gets to know Andrew better she begins to understand that the War isn’t so easy to forget and growing up isn’t so simple.  (MR -6+)

allquietonthewesternfrontAll Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque is a defining classic of the cost of war to the young men engaged to participate in conflict.  Paul Baumer enlisted with his friends, but as the war goes on and he lives the horrors of World War I, he vows to work against the principles of hatred that have destroyed his life.  (YA+)

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D is for….

Dodsworth by Tim Egan

Traveling the world is a lifelong dream for many.   Few, if any, of those many would care to do it in the company of a poorly behaved, trouble-making duck.  Dodsworth is no different.  As he travels the globe he just can’t seem to shake the duck, which results in hilarious travel tales that are fun & funny for both kids and adults.  Even Dodsworth has to admit the duck is a little endearing, after a while.  These short chapter books, with repetitive  word choices are perfect for beginning readers, and great to share as a read-aloud, too.  RA/ER -1/3

dodsworthinnyDodsworth in New York – Dodsworth wants to see the world.  Before leaving his hometown of New York he needs some breakfast.  Unfortunately for Dodsworth, and luckily for readers,  on his trip for pancakes at Hodges’ Cafe  he meets a crazy duck who leads Dodsworth across New York city, past famous sights right onto a boat that’s traveling across the ocean….

dodsworthparisDodsworth in Paris – The Eiffel Tower beckons as Dodsworth and the duck visit the City of Lights.   But try as he may the duck just can’t seem to stay out of trouble!   For  comedic mischief from Notre Dame to the Louvre follow Dodsworth and the duck as they don a beret and visit the sights of Paris.  This early reader contains some French words which help build diverse vocabulary, but may require a grown-up to assist with the initial reading.

dodsworthlondonDodsworth in London – They’ve crossed the channel via hot-air balloon and Dodsworth and the duck (still sporting his beret) are now in London.  This time a case of mistaken identity leaves Dodsworth with the wrong duck!  How will Dodsworth find his duck, and return this one to it’s home?  From double-decker buses to Buckingham Palace this hilarious duo don’t miss a thing while in London!

dodsworthromeDodsworth in Rome – When in Rome…trouble is bound to follow Dodsworth and the duck.  From entering a pizza throwing contest to a visit to the Sistine Chapel, with these two nothing ever goes as planned.  Follow Dodsworth and the duck on another adventure as the scooter around Rome as they see the Coliseum, the Trevi Fountain and eat lots of gelato!

dodsworthtokyoDodsworth in Tokyo – Dodsworth is excited to visit Tokyo, but nervous that the duck will have trouble minding his manners.  As usual, the duck doesn’t disappoint and has accidents everywhere he goes. This time however, he redeems himself by helping a young girl.  Even Dodsworth has to smile at that.  Many of the Japanese words may be too difficult for the earliest readers, but the pictures help with decoding and adults will enjoy these adventures too, so read along together!

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C is for….

Finding true friendship is sometimes all we need to discover who we really are.

Cornelia & the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Lesley Blume

Most consider it good fortune to be the daughter of someone famous.  For eleven-year old Cornelia the reality is absentee parents and a quirky personality.  Seeking solace in a dictionary, the isolation makes her reclusive.  This is the world of Cornelia, and eleven year old in New York City, until the mysterious, elderly Virginia Somerset moves in next door with her servant Patel and her french bulldog, Mr. Kinyatta.   As Virginia shares the stories of her worldly travels with Cornelia a mutual friendship develops.  Cornelia learns more about Virginia, and herself, with each story.  But as they spend more time together Cornelia realizes that Virginia’s stories are her legacy, and she is running out of time to gift them to Cornelia. MR/4-6
corneliaandsomersetsisters   Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters

*A Paperback Pigeon All-Time Top 10 Favorite*

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Easy as A, B, C…..

This weekend marks the unofficial end of summer.  As my husband and I are both educators, this upcoming week means that all five people in our house head back to school within days of each other.  The lazy, hazy days of summer (which alternated with crazy, busy days) are behind us and we are returning to the welcome routine and rhythm of the fall.

This return to school also means a return to homework.  My girls in elementary school are asked to read 15 minutes per night, any material of their choosing, as part of their ELA homework.  That means making sure that reading material is readily available.   We start with trips to the library to get a variety of choices, or visit Barnes & Noble to get the latest “must-have” in a series, and check Amazon for ideas to help us prepare.

As we embark on another school year I thought it would be great for the Paperback Pigeon to get back to basics…so, for the foreseeable future, each week I will be posting a suggestion for a book or series to excite your reader about travel – and their independent reading requirements for school – from A to Z.

A is for Agatha: Girl of Mystery by Sir Steve Stevenson

Twelve year-old Agatha Mistery is called on by her cousin Dash to help him solve mysteries and complete assignments from his prestigious academy – the Eye International Spy School.  Jet-setting around the world, Agatha uses her remarkable photographic memory, Dash’s cool spy school gadgets, and the help of her intrepid former-boxer butler, Watson to gather clues and solve crimes.  Exploring locations across the globe – from Egypt to Scotland to Niagara Falls – Agatha tackles curses, heists, treasures and murder.  This exciting series keeps readers turning the pages while introducing diverse and exciting locales around the world. ER/3-RA

agathamystery1The Curse of the Pharaoh #1   In this debut story Agatha is off to Egypt to recover a missing artifact from an archaeological dig in the Valley of the Kings.

agathamystery2The Pearl of Bengal #2  Agatha heads to India to discover the truth behind the theft of the Pearl of Bengal.  With the help of Dash, Watson and her Uncle Raymond, a wildlife photographer, Agatha is sure to solve the crime.

agathamystery3The King of Scotland’s Sword #3  A missing sword leads Agatha to Scotland where she tackles mysterious curses and frightening ghosts to solve the mystery.

agathamystery4The Heist at Niagara Falls #4  A jewel heist takes Agatha to Niagara Falls where she and Dash encounter Canada’s most notorious thief.  Can they take on this mastermind criminal and return the jewels to their rightful owner?

agathamystery5The Eiffel Tower Incident #5 The stakes are higher in the city of lights….this time it’s murder.  Agatha and Dash rush to Paris to solve the mysterious murder of a Russian Diplomat.  As they travel the streets they only have the clue “Red Rose” to guide them in catching the culprit.

agathamystery6The Treasure of the Bermuda Triangle #6  A missing gold Mayan calendar leads Agatha on another adventure, but this time solving the mystery isn’t the only challenge- the Bermuda Triangle has it’s own mysteries and dangers that Agatha and Dash must contend with.

agathamystery7The Crown of Venice #7  Publication date Nov 13, 2014 – The Crown of Venice is missing!  This famous ancient artifact was stolen during carnival and everyone is a suspect!

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Checking-In

A seaside Bed & Breakfast, a Park Avenue penthouse or the Holiday Inn – there is something wonderfully exhilarating about staying in a hotel. Don’t get me wrong, I’d choose the penthouse over the chain motel any day of the week, but even the most modest (I’m talking affordable – not gross), can be an exciting adventure. I love walking into a freshly made room, setting up my suitcase and picking my side of the bed. Checking into a hotel feels like the jumping off point for an adventure.

Kids seem to  be particularly drawn to staying in hotels. There is a unique thrill about discovering where the ice machine is and filling the baggie lined bucket to the brim with square shaped cubes. My middle daughter particularly delights in collecting toiletriesthe “free” stuff – soaps, shower caps, pens and coffee packets. She does this to the point that we have often settled in only to realize that all the toiletries have already been confiscated – and we have to ask her to return them and wait until checkout to add to her collection. Lobbies hold a variety of wonders. Empty ballrooms are cavernous playgrounds. The breakfast is “the best ever” and the pool is “awesome”.

A hotel is the perfect setting for adventure, where a cast of characters are at the ready to see to your every need. Whether relaxing oceanside in Hawaii or just visiting grandma, the next time you check in, check out one of these great hotel reads.

Eloieloisese by Kay Thompson – What’s better than spending your vacation in a hotel? Living there!  And there is no more glamorous hotel residence than the classic Plaza hotel, right on Central Park in New York City.  Eloise is at once endearing and terrorizing, ignored and adored, and full of confidence as she engages a cast of characters who work and reside with her at the Plaza.  With her pug Weenie, her turtle Skipperdee and her champion and companion Nanny, Eloise takes charge!  Things don’t always go as planned for as Eloise says, “After all I am only six”.    For a real life Eloise adventure check out the Plaza’s Family page to learn about the Eloise events or to stay in the Eloise Suite!  PB

pipgrandhotelPip in the Grand Hotel by Johannes Hucke – A pet mouse on the loose leads to a frantic chase that takes the reader behind the scenes of a Grand Hotel!  Mary wants her mouse back, and the Manager wants the mouse OUT!  What follows are pages of vivid, eye-catching illustrations of a busy hotel at work, and play that will interest readers as they help search for the little rodent!  It all ends happily, with a celebration in the Grand Dining Salon. PB

hotellarryAt the Hotel Larry by Daniel Pinkwater – After Larry the Polar Bear saves a man’s life, he buys Larry a hotel as a reward.  They move into the hotel, and the daughter narrates this tale of Larry and his affinity for the basement pool.  But when Larry and the girl venture out for pancakes and a visit to the zoo (in disguise, of course) Larry meets up with his brother and invites the zoo polar bears back to the hotel for a swim and some fun! PB

elevatorfamilyThe Elevator Family by Douglas Evans – When the Wilson family finds that their San Francisco hotel doesn’t have any available rooms, they check in to the elevator for a three day stay.   Their entertaining vacation is full of “visits” by the colorful residents of the hotel.  Although their trip has its “ups…and downs,” they bring a new perspective and cheery attitude that is shared by all who encounter them.   A charming chapter book with a unique perspective on finding what matters in life.  ER-3/RA

gshotelishauntedThis Hotel Is Haunted! (Geronimo Stilton #50)– Another fun adventure with Geronimo!  This time he is trying to help save his childhood friends hotel from a ghost!  Geronimo knows that there is no such thing as ghosts, but things are getting scary.  With the help of his friend, detective Hercule Poirat, Geronimo is ready to get the scoop and stop the spook!  Written in the eye-catching style, and peppered with interesting facts about hotels, this clever, cool mystery will keep you guessing. ER-3/RA

floorsFloors: Book 1 by Patrick Carman – Leo loves the Whippet Hotel.  As the janitors son, Leo knows all the ins-and outs of the unique hotel, where nothing is quite what it seems and unusual is the normal.  But the hotel owner is missing, and  Leo is charged with solving a mystery that threatens the very existence of the Whippet Hotel.  Leo, his new friend Remi, a colorful cast of characters, and several ducks find that sometimes friendship and loyalty really can win out.  MR/RA

hocuspocusHocus Pocus Hotel by Michael Dahl – Charlie Hitchcock has a photographic memory and a problem. The middle school tough guy, Tyler Yu, wants to meet him after school.  Turns out Tyler isn’t always so tough, and he needs Charlie’s help.  The hotel Tyler’s family runs, The Abracadabra, was built by magicians and mysterious things are going on.  It’s up to Charlie and Tyler to figure what’s happening with the help of elevator operator Mr. Brack, who has a secret of his own.   Great for kids that love magic and mysteries! MR

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Tulipmania

photo(8) I walked into the grocery store today and was met with the most beautiful sight – a display of tulips.  If we are going to be accurate, it really wasn’t the most beautiful sight. In fact it was a bit picked over, and several of the holding containers were completely empty. The bunches left were a tad pathetic and wilted.  Clearly I’m not the only one that needs a breath of Spring at this point. I quickly picked up the most promising bunch and added it to my basket.

You see, where I live we have many meteorological advantages –no hurricanes, no earthquakes, no tsunami risks or volcanoes, tornado free and low wildfire risk, non-existent mudslides and minimal river flooding.  We know how to handle snow, and it takes a defined blizzard to cancel school. But we also don’t get Spring until late May.  Some years we don’t get it at all.  I mean, yes it’s “Spring”, but we have a tendency to skip over the actual season.  Which means Winter goes on forever.  Entering the grocery store this morning I trudged through a cold, hard rain that was making little progress on the snow piles still lingering.  Last Sunday, the final weekend of March, we woke to 6 inches of snow.  Not a dusting, not flurries in the air, 6 whopping inches that required the snow-blower to clear the plow pile blocking the driveway.

I make no attempt to hide the fact that I openly dislike Winter, but at this point even my skiing, snowboarding and hockey loving friends have had enough.  So for someone like me this is getting to be unbearable.  On Monday I wore a baseball shirt, to celebrate opening-day, in hopes of lifting my spirits.  This is a sure sign of Spring as the “boys of summer” take the field, right?  I painted my toenails – gearing up for flip-flop season, and found the ensuing dry-time unbearable as my toes froze.  Regardless of my attempts to usher in this new season the world outside my window is definitely dreary.  Everything, from sky to trees to grass, is dull brown monotone misery.

Which brings me to the tulips.   I brought them home, and they really brighten things up.  It is amazing how a simple cut flower can turn the spirits.  They are a bright purple-pink spark of what is to come.   Soon I’ll see flowers outside my window, I just know it.  Until then I plan to check out these books about the home of tulips since the 1600’s, the Netherlands.

 

knufllebunnyfreeKnuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion by Mo Willems is the third tale in the endearing Knuffle Bunny series.  This time Trixie takes Knuffle Bunny to visit her grandparents, Oma and Opa, in Holland, but Knuffle Bunny has different travel plans in mind. PB

 

hansbrinkerHans Brinker by Bruce Coville is a retelling of the classic 1865 story by Mary Mapes Dodge and its transition to picture book is enhanced by the illustrations by Laurel Long.   Hans quest to win a skating competition on the canals of Holland is woven with love and caring and a moral tale of generosity. PB

 

 

tsgreattulipheistThea Stilton and the Great Tulip Heist is part of the series that features the Thea Sisters, students of Thea Stilton who travel the world and solve mysteries together.  This time they are off to Holland to help new friend Jan find his missing father, a world famous botanist and his most recent discovery.  Their best clue is linked to the famous Black Tulip! ER-3

 

 

blacktulipThe Black Tulip is a classic novel by Alexandre Dumas.  Although not as full of jam-packed adventure like Dumas’ other books, the Black Tulip tells the story of Cornelius von Baerle who seeks to cultivate the elusive black tulip.  Murder, politics and treason land Cornelius in prison, but the jailers daughter helps him continue his quest.  Written in 1850, and set in 1672 Holland, The Black Tulip is full of historical detail and intrigue.  This classic is definitely for older readers, willing to tackle the language and content, but a worthy read. YA

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