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A Proud Taste For Scarlet and Miniver, by E.L. Konigsburg

43/30 | Started 09.15.22 • Finished 10.26.22

We read it; it was okay. There were some interesting parts, some amusing parts. I feel like I had a hard time following all the characters and the three different points of view. But I also find that to be the case with many of the books I read out loud - I have to work really hard to follow along. Maybe that's why I don't enjoy audio books!

The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

Started 09.21.22 • Finished 10.13.22

"My favorite quote is 'T'row down de club.' It shows that we shouldn't injure people just because we want to. At the beginning, I thought I might like that the main character is an animal.

The main character is a dog named Buck. He is tough, dangerous, and savage. He wants to become wild. His owners don't want to lose him. He winds up becoming mostly wild. He runs away to a new owner who is really kind. His owner sets him free.

I'd give this book a 3 out of 5 because there wasn't much conversation and I didn't really like the way it was told."

Neph, age 11

Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis

Started 09.21.22 • Finished 10.13.22

"My favorite quote was probably 'That's free land!' because it says that Elijah has succeeded in freeing a baby. At the beginning I thought I'd like it because it involved freeing people from slavery.

The main character is called Elijah, and he lives in a black settlement in Buxton, which is part of Canada. He's fragile, but adventurous and enjoys fishing with stones. His goal of the book winds up being to free a family of recaptured slaves, but they're chained up with no keys around. The family is a mom, a dad, a boy about as old as Elijah, and a baby. The baby isn't chained. So Elijah tries and fails to free the whole family, but does free the baby, for it wasn't shackled, she was just almost free to take.

I'd rate this book 5 out of 5 because Elijah is against slavery and breaks American law to bring a slave into freedom."

Neph, age 11

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