Monday, December 21, 2015

Holiday Reads

I recently read a book called Last Airlift by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. It is about a Vietnamese orphan Tuyet who was rescued by the last Canadian airlift operation. She is one of 57 kids rescued from Saigon, Vietnam. It is a true story with many cool archive pictures and based on an interview of Tuyet as an adult now living happily in Canada.

I find the story very uplifting and parts of Tuyet's first experience in Canada very humorous. She thought that the lawns in front of all the houses were rice paddies!

I also read Stolen Child by the same author as Last Airlift.  It is about a girl named Nadia who was stolen from her Ukrainian family because of the secret Nazi project "Lebensborn".  The children stolen were believed to have "Aryan" traits and were brainwashed to be "superior" Germans and placed with German adoptive families.  It is a historical fiction that is both interesting and very sad.
As well as Stolen Child, I read a book that I couldn't put down, The View from Saturday by E. L. Konisberg, while on vacation in Hong Kong. It is about "The Souls", a group of four very unusual grade 6 children who compete in the Academic Bowl, a knowledge competition between schools, with the guidance of their coach Mrs. Olinski.

I love this book because of the wonderful personalities of the characters and the touching friendship of The Souls.

E. L. Konisberg is also the author of two other books I like a lot: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver.  

Happy holiday reading!

1 comment:

  1. Great reading. Sad but true stories that hit home.
    A learning historical read. Glad you enjoyed them.
    You had time to read on your holiday trip???
    Love Nanny & Papa