Dear #MGBuddyRead -ers,
I was supposed to be sitting comfortably in a hotel this evening to do discussion after dropping my daughter at college. Unfortunately, I am fleeing the NC/WV winter storm warning and just stopped with 5 hours to go and plans to leave early to get ahead of the storm in the AM after being in the road 15 hours today. I‘ll post questions tomorrow. Sorry!!
I listened to this month‘s #MGBuddyRead on audio and I was pleasantly surprised. It‘s really difficult to do holocaust fiction well, but this is a nice take. It‘s sort of a parable within a parable, and while you know what‘s coming, the story is still strong enough that you can get lost in it and enjoy the magic for a bit before things get devastating. #BBRC Middle Grade Classroom #PopSugar2022 #ASocialHorrorBook @megnews @LibrarianRyan
🌟🌟🌟🌟 I found this cute image on line by St. Rita's Library.
#MgbuddyRead @megnews I too was unsure if I would like the fantasy, fairytale, Holocaust mash up. I did, and I think kids will too.
I love this quote:
Please, be kind.
Please, be brave.
Please, don't let it happen again.
Weaving magical realism into a book about the Holocaust seems an odd choice. This gorgeous cover kept drawing me back to it. I‘m not sure if the author made it work 100%. The parts about the doll in the real world worked for me but the Doll World seemed an unnecessary addition, though from reading the author note that was the original storyline. I‘ll save the rest for discussion with #MGBuddyRead discussion Saturday January 15.
I got tired of my holiday reads so I‘m moving on to January‘s TBR. One chapter into #MGBuddyRead. Not sure how I‘ll like the book yet but I do like the illustrations a lot.
I have many contradicting feelings. Magical realism set during WWII in Poland. Each rescue, during the Holocaust, should be considered a miracle, but should it be so fanciful when written for children? I also read Jane Yolen's Briar Rose, which is about the Holocaust as a fairy tale. I think I prefer Yolen's version. #MGBuddyRead @megnews
This is a reminder of the January picks for #MGBuddyRead & #YABuddyRead. Let me know in the comments which you are joining in for. If you aren‘t tagged and want to be tagged for one or both discussions, please let me know which below as well. All welcome!!
Here‘s your votes for 2022 #MGBuddyRead. Start with the tagged book in the upper left corner in January and moving clockwise through the year. Reminders will be posted the prior month.
All are welcome! Join anytime, for 1 or all the books! If you no longer wish to be tagged for #mgbuddyread, please let me know.
This is a super cute, feel good, creative story about a doll that is made and becomes alive. It takes place in a fantasy world with dragons, evil giant rats, but the relationship between the doll maker and the main character is emotionally addictive. ❤❤❤❤❤
This one just did not work for me. I felt as though the book did not know if it wanted to be YA or middle grade and the writing was bland. The parallel war in the doll's world with rats(poor rats are essentially equated to Nazis...sigh) and the relationship with the dollmaker were just weird. I think the audiobook made it all weirder.
Prompt 1: published during sign's dates
This little book is less emotionally simplistic than it seems at first. Through the parallel stories of rats taking over the Land of the Dolls and the Nazis taking over Poland, and a determined doll's hope, love, loss, and despair, Romero tells about a black time in human history at a remove that is, I think, manageable for young audiences but still emotionally honest.
#triplespin for April
Such a unique way to look at the Holocaust and the atrocities commited in Poland by the Nazis. I read a lot of children's fiction for work and it's rare that a book moves me to tears but I don't mind admitting this one really got to me. Beautifully bittersweet, I think everyone should read this book.
This is a story of the intertwined lives of Karolina, the seamstress from the Land of Dolls, and the Dollmaker of Krakow.
How the story itself ends leaves you hollow and sad and ugly crying. But it's a beautiful story nonetheless, full of pain and loss, but also of magic and hope and friendships that don't die.
This beautiful book is moving, touching, sad, and anger inducing. But it is well worth reading because we must never forget what happened during World War II to the Jewish people.
I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫. 4.5 stars only because I disliked the male narrator. The female narrator did a lovely job.
This was written as a middle grade book but it doesn‘t seem like one.
My library hold on this audiobook just came through and Libby automatically checked it out for me. I guess I am setting aside THE SPARROW for now. #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime
Through the use of a parallel world narrated by a magical “living” doll who has suffered a war In the Land of Dolls, children (I recommend 11-14 year olds) are gently introduced to the truth of Krakow, Poland, Nazi occupation, and the horror that was Auschwitz-Birkenau. The magic of the dollmaker softens the sadness; it was sad but not a tear jerker. It would leave students curious to learn more about the suffering of the Polish Jews in WWII.
Finally, #BookMail Pt3 is a book that was a total #coverlove purchase! It‘s a fairytale inspired story set in WWII Poland. The DollMaker lives in Krakow & ends up with Karolina, a living doll who is blown by a magic wind far away from the realm she belongs in. Now they both must survive the war, & also save their Jewish friends from the atrocities of the Nazis.
I've been wringing my hands over this for the last half hour but I have to pan it. It is a children's book but nevertheless I found the simplistic writing and more importantly the simplistic treatment of the subject matter really troubling. The good people are too wholly good and the bad people too wholly bad. The constant references to "the Germans", particularly when coupled with the idea of witches made me wince every time ?
This was absolutely beautiful. It‘s a MG novel set in Poland during World War Two. The story is heartbreaking yet hopeful. (Sorry for the Christmas photo - it‘s from my bookstagram in December!)
Final challenge of the #24in48 readathon! I‘m in hour 23 and excited to finish my first ever readathon! My favorite cover of my books (Dollmaker) and least favorite (poor Harry!). I might have uglier covers but there‘s so much goodness in HP...as a massive Potterhead, I‘m personally offended by this one! 🤣. @24in48