Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week. It is now being hosted at the Mailbox Monday blog.
Here’s what I added to the shelves:
Simple Faith by Anna Schmidt — from Barbour
Quaker Anja Steinberg could not save her Jewish husband and young daughter from the Nazis, but even in the midst of her heartbreak, Anja is following her faith’s calling to help Allied airmen escape from behind enemy lines to freedom.
When American Peter Trent’s plane is shot down, he parachutes into a field near Anja’s grandfather’s farm, and she sees Peter as just one more in a long line of soldiers that she will help escape to return to his base in England. The journey will take months and he will need to travel across most of western Europe — all the while with the Gestapo in pursuit. There’s just one small problem: Anja is falling in love with Peter. And loving this soldier could be life-threatening, not only for Peter but for Anja and her ten-year-old son as well. (publisher’s summary)
Ode to Childhood edited by Lucy Gray — from Savvy Verse & Wit
Ode to Childhood is an anthology of poetry celebrating children and childhood — from the magical times and memories of childhood, through to the unconditional love a parent has for a child. The poems begin in infanthood, with the joys that babies and toddlers bring as they learn to move and speak, and moves on to playtime, friendships, holidays, trips and school days. Some of our best-loved poets are featured, such as William Blake, John Betjeman, Robert Louis Stevenson, Adrian Mitchell and WH Auden. The wonderful, endearing illustrations throughout make this the ideal book for anyone who cherishes a child in their life. (publisher’s summary)
Passenger on the Pearl by Winifred Conkling — from Algonquin Young Readers
In 1848, thirteen-year-old Emily Edmonson, five of her siblings, and seventy other enslaved people boarded the Pearl under cover of night in Washington, D.C., hoping to sail north to freedom. Within a day, the schooner was captured, and the Edmonsons were sent to New Orleans to be sold. Emily and her sister Mary were saved from even crueler conditions there when yellow fever swept through the slave pen where they were held. The sisters were sent back to Virginia, where they were eventually ransomed with the help of their parents and abolitionists, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, who later made them models for characters in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Both girls went to Oberlin College, where Mary died of tuberculosis. Emily became a teacher at the first school in Washington, D.C., dedicated to the education of African American young women and remained dedicated to abolition for the rest of her life.
Passenger on the Pearl presents many aspects of a turbulent time in American history:
*the daily lives of enslaved people;
*the often changing laws affecting them;
*the high cost of a failed escape;
*the fate of all fourteen Edmonson children and their mother, Milly, whose goal to die free shaped her whole family’s lives; and
*the stories of the slave traders and abolitionists whose lives intersected with the Edmonsons’. (publisher’s summary)
What books did you add to your shelves recently?
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