In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
”Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share”.
Here’s to celebrating books that strike my fancy every week!
Chasing Secrets by Gennifer Choldenko – Historical Fiction – 4th grade and up – Fascinating look at the plague in San Francisco. The deep exploration of judgement and racism towards Chinese people was so powerful to read, this is a necessary book for students to read and learn about. Throughout the book, the relationships, power struggles, and judgements people have even about genders flood the reader’s imagination. The learning opportunity students have while reading this rich, fascinating book is immense. I couldn’t stop reading the book, fantastic pacing.
Book Talk: “When you speak up, speak the truth, try to save others, do people listen to you? What if they wouldn’t listen to you because you were a girl? What would you do next? Read to find out what happens to Lizzie when she tries to speak up and warn people about the plague…”
Favorite quote in the book: “A book is a friend you take with you wherever you go.”
Goodreads Summary: “San Francisco, 1900. The Gilded Age. A fantastic time to be alive for lots of people . . . but not thirteen-year-old Lizzie Kennedy, stuck at Miss Barstow’s snobby school for girls. Lizzie’s secret passion is science, an unsuitable subject for finishing-school girls. Lizzie lives to go on house calls with her physician father. On those visits to his patients, she discovers a hidden dark side of the city–a side that’s full of secrets, rats, and rumors of the plague.
The newspapers, her powerful uncle, and her beloved papa all deny that the plague has reached San Francisco. So why is the heart of the city under quarantine? Why are angry mobs trying to burn Chinatown to the ground? Why is Noah, the Chinese cook’s son, suddenly making Lizzie question everything she has known to be true? Ignoring the rules of race and class, Lizzie and Noah must put the pieces together in a heart-stopping race to save the people they love.”
About Pull up a chair, it’s a Saturday Book Share: I’ve had many books I review that I just want to feature. Simple and easy, celebrate a new book encounter. So that’s what Saturday Book Share is about for me, celebrating books! Perhaps some days I’ll share the book with a short reading of a portion. Or perhaps other days I’ll just share a glimpse of the book.
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