Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham, 1955

One of my favorite things as a reader is to find an aging book that has worn well. That is certainly the case for this 1956 Newbery winner. It tells the life story of historical¬†figure Nathaniel Bowditch. Bowditch spent most of his life in the seaport of Salem, Massachusetts. He was only two years old … Continue reading Carry On, Mr. Bowditch, by Jean Lee Latham, 1955

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia, by Candace Fleming

You all know I love history. Usually, I prefer it as historical fiction, but this factual narrative of the last ruling dynasty of Russia is utterly compelling. Written for a fifth- to sixth-grade reader, it often uses "quotes right in the middle of its sentences" to tell the story. I found it mildly annoying at … Continue reading The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia, by Candace Fleming