Sunday, April 14, 2019

MMGM - The Little Riders & Ghost

The Little RidersThe Little Riders

I've read two books this past week. An older one . . .

Book - The Little Riders by Margaretha Shemin 

by Margaretha Shemin
illustrated by Peter Spier

I found this gem in one of our town's Little Libraries. It was originally published in 1963, but was published again in 1988. There was a movie made from it in 1996.

An eleven-year-old American girl named Johanna is living in Nazi-occupied Holland. She sits at her window and views the church steeple and watches the little riders as they ride out on their white horses when the clock strikes the hour. She resents the presence of a German soldier quartered in her grandparent's house, until the night she tries to hide part of the town's treasured clock mechanism.

I loved this little book. It is short, the book I have is only 76 pages, but it is a good historical fiction that takes place during WWII. Johanna is a very likeable main character. She is courageous and, near the end, forgiving. 

and a newer one . . . 
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by Raina Telgemeier

Ghosts, is a graphic novel. According to the reviews on Amazon, Raina Telgemeier's graphic novels are very popular.

I'm not really into graphic novels, but I must admit I loved Archie, Betty and Veronica when I was a child. Kids seem to love them. I think they would appeal to the reluctant reader because of the graphics and the lesser word count.  But I can tell there is a lot of work that goes into writing them.  Her characters are very expressive.

Here is what it says on Amazon:

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. Cat isn't happy about leaving her friends for Bahía de la Luna, but Maya has cystic fibrosis and will benefit from the cool, salty air that blows in from the sea. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake - and her own.

If you, or a child you know, like graphic novels, I would recommend this book to you.

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  1. I love stories about courageous kids during WWII and the difference they make. This story would intrigue. Like that it is more of a chapter book as it is great for younger readers. Have yet to read Ghost and need to. Excellent reviews!

  2. I can attest that Raina Telgemeier's books are very popular as I'm in the school library all the time and her books are checked out every week. I haven't personally read them but my daughter has. Not this particular one, though. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have read Ghosts and enjoyed, but probably not as much as the targeted MG audience. The other book is one I will have to look for as WWII books always fascinate me. Thanks for the recommends!

  4. The Little Riders sounds good and how cool that it was made into a movie long after it was first published.

  5. I hadn't heard of The Little Riders, but I also love books about WWII. I've definitely heard a lot of buzz about Ghosts. She's written many
    popular graphic novels.

  6. The Little Riders sounds like something I would really like. Thanks for telling me about it. Raina Telgemeier's books are fun. I have read a couple. Maybe I will Check Ghosts out. Thanks for the post.

  7. I enjoy historical fiction, and 'The Little Riders' sounds like a winner to me. I enjoy reading books written several decades go. Will see if I can find this one at our library. Thanks for sharing these for MMGM, Janet.


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