Thursday, June 25, 2009

My Favorite Reads- June25



My Favorite Reads is hosted by Alyce at At Home With Books.


This is where we can feature one of our favorite reads that we finished before we started blogging or even for older reviews that we would like to feature. We're not reviewing the books, but just giving a brief description (most likely the publisher's blurb) and then we tell you why the book is one of our favorites.


This week I chose Love from Your Friend, Hannah by Mindy Warshaw Skolsky


Description from Goodreads:
Hannah's best friend, Aggie, moves away and doesn't answer a single one of her letters. Determined to find a new pen pal, Hannah picks an address from a box on her teacher's desk. It's a boy, but his first letter is so dopey, Hannah isn't even going to answer it. Instead, she writes to President Roosevelt. Before long, Hannah has a whole lot of pen pals--and finally discovers the perfect friend, in the most unlikely place.
In this absorbing epistolary novel, Mindy Warshaw Skolsky takes readers back to the late 1930s, and into the life of an irrepressible and unforgettable heroine.
Awards:
A Parenting Magazine Book of the Year
A finalist for the Texas Bluebonnet Award
Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children (01-02)
Young Hoosier Book Award Masterlist (Gr 4-6)00-01
William Allen White Children's Book Award Masterlist

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (September 8, 1999)
Why I chose this book:
I read this YA book several years ago and am a fan of books told in epistolary style. I also enjoy reading books from the heart, and reading this book told in letters from Hannah's heart is endearing. Hannah writes letters during the 1930's and the depression so that readers get a perspective of a child's view of this time period. Hannah is a girl seeking friendship after her best friend moves away and doesn't answer her letters. She writes letters to the current president FDR and gets letters back, she keeps writing to many others and never gives up on trying to find someone to be a friend. This is a great book for young girls and adults...I enjoyed it!

8 comments:

  1. Bonnie,
    This is a great pick! I have this book on my library shelves and thought it sounded adorable. Glad to see it again as a reminder of one that I should read myself!!

    **P.S. Sent my letter to your Governor!!

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  2. Thanks for posting this, Bonnie. I think it sounds cute. :) (I love epistolary novels, too!)

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  3. I have read 2 books in epistolary format in last 2 months. I have really started to appreciate the format. Thanks for pointing out one more.

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  4. This book looks like it would be heartwarming! I like reading books in epistolary form too. I'll definitely have to look for this one at the library when I need a break from more serious topics.

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  5. This book sounds wonderful and I wish I new a young girl to give it to.

    Here's mine:

    http://storytimewithtonya.blogspot.com/2009/06/my-favorite-reads-american-gods.html

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  6. This is a great pick. I haven't read it. I think this My Favorite Reads is great. I want to join in on this. For some reason I read A LOT more books before I was blogging. hummmmm.....

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  7. Usually I don´t like epistolary novels, but this one sounds very appealing, including the period and the cover.

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  8. What a fun new edition! I absolutely love that cover--very eye catching.

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