The reluctant assassin is Riley, a Victorian boy who is suddenly plucked from his own time and whisked into the twenty-first century, accused of murder and on the run. Riley has been pulled into the FBI’s covert W.A.R.P. operation (Witness Anonymous Relocation Program). He and young FBI Agent Chevie Savano are forced to flee terrifying assassin-for-hire Albert Garrick, who pursues Riley through time and will not stop until he has hunted him down. Barely staying one step ahead, Riley and Chevie must stay alive and stop Garrick returning to his own time with knowledge and power that could change the world forever.
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Taken from their home, forced to leave their country, put to work in labour camps, frozen and starved, Adam and his family doubt that they will ever make it out alive. Even if they were to get away, they might freeze to death, or starve, or the bears might get them. For the Polish refugees, the whole of the USSR becomes a prison from which there is seemingly no escape.
A Winter’s Day in 1939 is a story of family, the harsh realities of war, and the fight for survival against the odds. Adam and his family are ripped from their safe, comfortable life in Poland and transported to prison camps in Russia, in freezing conditions and with little to eat and drink. They get transported in dirty, stinking train carriages with a stove and a pipe as a toilet, live in cramped barracks with many other families, and are forced to work for the good of Russia. People die of exposure to the freezing conditions and disease is rife. In these conditions you need to have to will to survive, and for Adam and his family, this is what is keeping them going.
The story is narrated by Adam, so you see everything through his eyes. You feel how much he wants to survive and how important his family is to him. You get a real sense of how desperate their situation gets as time goes by, especially when it comes to food. When a clerk at one of the evacuation centers apologizes to Adam for the lack of food, Adam says ‘He sounded sorry about it but that was no help to us. You couldn’t eat ‘sorry.” You want so much for Adam and his family to survive the war and be able to return home, but you don’t know if their story will have a happy ending.
One of the things that stands out in Melinda’s story is the sense that Adam, his family, and the other refugees around them, hadn’t done anything wrong, yet they’re treated the way they are. Adam says this himself, ‘We were being punished but I hadn’t done anything wrong. None of us had.’ These people have been thrown out of their homes and sent to prison camps for no reason what so ever.
A Winter’s Day in 1939 is a war story that hasn’t been told before and it will have an affect on readers of all ages. Stories like Melinda’s help us to remember all those people who died during this horrific period of history and I’ll certainly remember Adam’s story for a long time.
4 out of 5 stars
The Infinity Ring is a new interactive series like The 39 Clues. It’s one of those books that comes with extra bits and pieces so that you can find out more about the story and the characters. The Infinity Ring series is all about time travel so you follow the characters through different time periods. Each book comes with a Hystorian’s Guide, which is your key to unlocking the next adventure in the online game.
Book 1 is called A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner and it’s out at the end of the month.
When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the secret of time travel — a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring — they’re swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course.
Now it’s up to Dak, Sera, and teenage Hystorian-in-training Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great Breaks . . . and to save Dak’s missing parents while they’re at it. First stop: Spain, 1492, where a sailor named Christopher Columbus is about to be thrown overboard in a deadly mutiny!
Reserve your copy of The Infinity Ring: A Mutiny in Time at the library now.
Books can make you wonder what it would be like to live in a different time and place. Some stories are set in a particular time in history or are about a historical event. The My Story books are great because they take you back to a specific time in history and let you know what it was like to live in that time, through the diary of a boy or girl who lived then. They show you the sights, sounds, and smells of that time period, which is quite different from ours.
If you could time travel, what time would you like to visit or what event would you like witness?
Michael Morpurgo’s latest book is about a boy who is always getting into trouble. Everyone is always telling him he’s a bad lad. He gets caught playing on bomb sites, banging rubbish bin lids and stealing tomatoes and even a car. He gets arrested and sentenced to a year in Borstal, which was a prison for young offenders where they could learn a trade like carpentry, painting or bricklaying. The judge sends him there to think things over and learn his lesson. The first few months are tough and the boys are worked hard, ‘laying bricks for hours on end in all weathers, making bread in the kitchens, weeding in the vegetable garden.’ Every morning the boys have to go on a two-mile run and the bad lad likes running past the stables. One morning, as he goes past the stables the old man who looks after the horses calls him over and offers him an amazing opportunity to help out in the stables. This opportunity helps him to turn his life around and make his family proud of him.
Not Bad for a Bad Lad is another amazing story from Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman, the author and illustrator of War Horse, Kaspar: Prince of Cats and Billy the Kid. Michael Morpurgo often writes stories about an older person telling a child about their interesting life, and this is one of those stories. The story is inspirational and Michael Foreman’s illustrations add perfectly to the story. Don’t get put off by the picture of the horse on the front cover because this isn’t just a story about a horse. This is a must-read for all Michael Morpurgo fans, but a great book to delve into if you haven’t read any of his books yet.
Recommended for 9+ 10 out of 10
Rowan lives with her mother, and her best friend Alex is really into Greenpeace. She begins to write to her new pen friend Lisette, who lives in France, and finds out that her brother, Rene, is coming to Auckland! When he arrives, he seems to the world a charming young man, but Rowan and Alex become suspicious when he is seen with a French lady in the street, who hands him a parcel. Soon, the Greenpeace ship, the Rainbow Warrior, is bombed, and a man dies. Rowan begins to wonder- did Rene do this? Was it my fault? And, if it was Rene, how am I going to stop him?
Sabotage is one of my favourite My Story books, because it sounds like a real girl, in a real background. I thought that lots of it was very sad, but that just makes it more real. I love how My Story books are always based on a certain historical event. Sabotage is about the Rainbow Warrior bombing, and No Survivors, another excellent book by Sharon Holt, is based on the Erebus crash. Knowing that it really happened makes it more interesting, and the more realistic something is, the better a picture I get in my head. That’s why I love historical fiction. Sabotage is best for both boys and girls, and I think that children aged from 9 to 14 would love it.
By Tierney, 11.
Debbie always names her diaries and her diary for 1968 was called Julie. Debbie loves reading and when her grandma gave her Debbie’s great great great great grandfather’s diary she was inspired by his life story. while she was reading his diary she found out that he worked in a ship and he looked after the sick children. He also drowned and died on that ship which Debbie as very sad to know. Debbie often had dreams during the night but as much as she tried she could never remember them! Suddenly she had vivid dreams of her great great great great grandfather and they even kept glued to her mind when she woke up in the morning. It was such a coincidence when she was booked to sail on the wahine and her dreams became clearer than ever. Debbie soon figured that her great great great great grandfather was definitely trying to tell her something but what was it and plus what could possibly go wrong?