Last week Lu and I snuggled up on her bed and finished Wednesday Wars.

It was such a good book about an awesome 7th grader who attends junior high in Long Island during the Vietnam War era America.  I love how the effects of the war are woven into the lives of the characters.  We loved the personalities that emerged as we read, the development of relationships, the descriptions of everything from the sky to the humorous random side notes, to the Shakespeare references to the sad disappointments and the tough victories. THANK YOU for the recommendation that came from a blog reader here. (and you can find it HERE)

It takes us a long time for us to read books these days, so many distractions, but Lu and I both loved pointing out the most beautiful parts and we both got teary over and over as we read.

I hope we will keep how we felt that evening in our hearts, lying on her bed when we were done, talking about all our favorite parts.


  1. I've enjoyed your blog for a long time, but never commented. Just had to recommend "Okay, for now" by the same author. Several different members of my family loved that book. Made us laugh and cry.

  2. Hi Shawni,

    Here are a few of the books my kids and I LOVED when they were Lucy's age:

    Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
    Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
    Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper
    Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan
    Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
    The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of 4 Sisters, 2 Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall.

    Enjoy these days…I miss our readalouds now that my kids are almost grown and flown.

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