Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Our Best Reads For March

Once again, it's difficult to pick the best of the month but both of us agree for sure that we liked The Boy In the Striped Pajamas best. Gerard had a tie so I list two reviews of his here.

Gerard's and Karen's Best: The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
Gerard Review: "Don't Miss This One!" (100 stars)

I could have read this book in just one day! This book is about a 9-yr-old boy named Bruno whose father becomes the commandant of a Nazi death camp for Jews. Bruno becomes friends with one of the Jewish boys there named Shmuel. What a powerful story this is!! The ending really shook me to the core. It was also made into a move. Click here to view film clip.

Karen's Review:

This is a historical fiction story about two lonely boys who befriend each other through a fence of a concentration camp. It is told from Bruno’s (the Commandant's son) perspective which is very innocent in contrast to the awfulness of the Holocaust. Both boys are the same age but one lives very well and the other is in a death camp. It shows how unfair life is and has a shocking ending, yet Bruno's words that Shmuel is now his best friend for life came true. Bruno was an adventurous boy who was curious what life was like on the other side of the fence. He loved his father and knew that it couldn't be too bad if his father was in charge. I can't express all that this book encompasses. It's a great book that you will long remember.

Gerard's Review: Last Stand Of Fox Company by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
Incredible Story! (100 stars!)

This is an amazing book that tells the story of Fox Company, a group of Marines who in the Korean War held the hill although totally surrounded by Chinese and in extreme cold weather conditions. What makes this book so good, besides the story itself, is the writing. It made me feel like I know these guys and that I was right there with them. It was hard to put this book down. It is amazing how they fought and survived. I salute you, Fox Company, and to Mr. Drury and Mr. Clavin, super job! Thank you for this book. It's a must read for everybody!

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Daisy said...

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas will definitely go on our "must read" list!

BeadedTail said...

I agree with Daisy! The Boy in the Striped Pajamas sounds like a great book!

Karen and Gerard said...

Daisy & Beaded Tail--It is a very good book! It's short and goes quick, but is very interesting.

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