Author Archives: Jamie Renton

Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert by Marc Aronson

In August, 2010, 33 miners were trapped 2,300 feet underground in a Chilean mine for over 60 days.  Trapped details the miners struggle to stay alive, along with the rescuer’s challenges and the family’s unimaginable fear of never seeing their … Continue reading

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On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer

This short book packs a powerful punch!  Joel and Tony are best friends.  Tony has a very adventurous spirit, which often times makes Joel feel uncomfortable.  Sometimes Joel wonders why they are best friends, but truth is, Joel finds everyone … Continue reading

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Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

Whelan, Gloria. Homeless Bird. 212p. Harper Collins. 2000. ISBN:  978-0-06-440819-6. Homeless Bird, a National Book Award winner,  is a beautifully written story about a 13-year-old Hindu girl, Koly, living in India.  As is the custom, her marriage is arranged for … Continue reading

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Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

image from turn-the-page.net Sepetys, Ruta.  Between Shades of Gray.  344 p. Philomel Books. 2011. ISBN 978-0-399-25412-3. Can you imagine having your whole family brutally forced to leave your home and taken by train to a forced labor camp?  That’s what … Continue reading

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Now Is The Time For Running by Michael Williams

This book is not for the faint of heart.  It is an intense story about two brothers, Deo, who is 15, and Innocent, his older disabled brother, running for their lives in modern war-torn Zimbabwe.  The entire village, including their … Continue reading

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Half-Brother by Kenneth Oppel

Can you imagine being a 13-year-old only child and having your parents tell you that you will soon have a new baby brother that’s an eight-day-old Chimpanzee ? How would you feel? Excited, angry? To make matters worse, your family … Continue reading

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Waiting for Normal

Connor, Leslie. Waiting For Normal. 290p. Harper Collins. 2008. ISBN:  978-0-06-089088-9.   Dear Addie, I’m pulling for you.  I liked you the moment I met you.  You are a 12-year-old girl who deserves normal.  Your Mom mostly drove me nuts-I … Continue reading

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