January 20, 2011

My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Posted in book review tagged , , , at 1:54 pm by blueblazeslib

My brother Sam is Dead is about a boy (Sam) who comes from college in 1775 and announces to his family that he’s joining the Rebels to fight against the British. When his dad finds out the that he joined the rebels he was furious because his father was on the British’s side.
Sam’s brother Tim has no say in the argument because he claims that he’s a Quaker (a person who doesn’t believe in violent). The main character in this story is Sam and Tim.
If you are looking for a book that has drama, violence, and sadness this is the right book for you.

Abdi, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns My Brother Sam is Dead on audio.

January 13, 2011

Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon

Posted in book review tagged , , , at 1:36 pm by blueblazeslib

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play takes place in New York City, 1942. Jay and Arty are being forced to stay with their cold, unforgiving grandmother after their mother dies. Eddie, their father, is in debt and needs a job, so he goes south to sell scrap metal for the war. For the boys, this means 10 long, difficult months with Grandma, who immigrated to America from Germany. Her cruelty and indifference has damaged her own children. The boys’ father has no self esteem, his brother Louie is a thief, their sister Bella has the mind of a child and Gertrude has a speech issue. Grandma, who’s foot was crushed when she was a child, has a heart of iron. She has been hurt many times in life, and avoids more pain by hardening her heart against the world. Jay and Arty must learn to survive without their parents in a house devoid of love. This is an excellent play, with a mix of both joy and sadness.

Molly, Class of 2014

The WHS Library owns Lost in Yonkers.