Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor ****
I read this book aloud to Mark as part of our school curriculum. It led to good discussions for us about racism. He was horrified. It's always a little bit sad to spoil some of your children's innocence. It's set during the Depression in the South. It made me really glad I didn't live in the South during the Depression. I loved the family in the book though. They were real and loving and strong and good.
Hello Goodbye by Emily Chenowith **
This book was OK. It was about a family--a mother, father and daughter. The mother had cancer and was dying. The family went to an inn in rural New Hampshire for a vacation/anniversary celebration and reunion with their old friends. I thought there were interesting parts of the book--seeing how a family dealt with impending loss. I also thought the daughter (she was college aged) was kind of a brat and I didn't like any of the friends. I didn't understand why they were all friends.
A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt by C. Coco De Young **
Another book I read to Mark. It was OK. It was also during the Depression, set in a Johnstown, PA. It was a little simplistic about a not very simple set of circumstances. It was written for kids not adults though...
Helen Keller in Love by Rosie Sultan *
I didn't finish this book. It seemed like it'd be good and it wasn't terrible, it just portrayed Helen Keller as someone I couldn't relate to at all. I had enough crazy in my month that I didn't have time for a book that I couldn't relate to.