We have another round of great book club books for January! For the Mother/Daughter Book Club we are reading Forbidden Sea by Sheila Nielsen (yes, that Sheila who used to work here at the Provo City Library)! And for Mother/Son we are reading Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan.
Forbidden Sea is about a young girl who lives on an island. She loves her sister and friend, but is frustrated by the anger and resentment directed at her by her aunt and the rest of the island. The more Adrianne tries to ignore the call of the mermaid the more life gets complex and complicated. This book has a lot to discuss about choices and fairness in life. And it also helps that there is a little bit of a romance for the girls who enjoy reading gentle, clean tales that end with a kiss.
Snow Treasure is about 12-year-old Peter and his friends who live in Norway in 1940 when the Nazi soldiers occupy their town. At this point Norway and the grownups decide that they want to smuggle the Norwegian gold out of the country so that their enemies won’t get it. The only problem is that they would have to take the gold right past the soldiers in order to smuggle it out. Can Peter and his friends hide the gold on their sleds as they slide past the Nazi soldiers? This is a story of bravery, determination, and heroics during WWII. And with kids that are heroes and with a minimum amount of detail about the horrors of WWII this is a good read to start conversations between parents and kiddos without having the more gentle readers get shocked by the uglier bits of war.