“For Freedom” (Book Review)

Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers


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Suzanne, a thirteen yearn old girl, is caught up in World War 2. She is strong and refuses to let her sorrow show, even though she has lost her best friend. Suzanne’s passion is opera and she has a beautiful voice. Although she is a regular school girl, she wants to be older to be able to perform……until, the doctor speaks to her about something that…”you can’t tell anyone Suzanne, not even your parents” and , “you can’t back out once you accept.” Once her consent is given, she wants to look like a school girl to the Nazis.  Am I  looking suspicious? Why is everybody watching me? Why are Nazis everywhere? All of these things are running through her mind. As danger increases around her, Suzanne realizes that not everyone can be trusted. Find out what she has become in, “For Freedom.”

Points to Consider: This book is a young adult book. It is very dramatic, and contains some graphic war scenes.

Score: I give it a definite 5 stars.

The Battle of Aiken

Last Friday I got up at six’ o’clock because I went to a war re-enactment in Aiken SC, It was fun. We went with some friends from church. The drive there was two hours long, but time flew by. There was really a battle in Aiken in the year 1865. The battle lasted from February 10th to February 14th. The war was between the Union and the Confederates. The Confederates lost thirty-one of their people and the Union lost fifty-three.

First we went to some shops where I learned about cameos. Cameos are special ladies carved into a shell that could be turned into earrings, necklaces, bracelets or rings. Some cameos were lockets, when the men went out to war the ladies would put some of their hair inside it as a remembrance of themselves. We talked with ladies that were dressed in colonial dresses that had six layers.

The war itself was not too realistic because they had to save most of their gunpowder for Saturday, the real thing. The food was so good. We got to eat a funnel cake and homemade ice cream! I am thankful to God for this day. If you go I would recommend going on Saturday instead of Friday. The battle scene will probably be more realistic. For more info click on this link: http://battleofaiken.org/

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