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Flashback March 2009

A look back at what I reviewed in March 2009:

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Mothers & Children. From my review:This is a smaller book [than a coffee table book]; more intimate, less showy, easier to hold, to look at together, to share. The photos are of mothers and children, small and grown, from around the world and different times. Credits give the location of the photograph and the name of the photographer; by omitting the names of the people in the photos, and by not saying anything about them, the people — despite age, race, ethnicity — become every person. A photo album for all of us.

The Real Benedict Arnold Flashback March 2009 by Jim Murphy. From my review: “The Real Benedict Arnold details the many battles and military actions Arnold fought in. I love learning more about history; like how Arnold was quite successful but had no military experience before 1775. Apparently, being involved with the Sons of Liberty so having some political connections, along with the wealth to fund oneself and one’s troops while waiting for payment from the Continental Congress, were the important criteria for military membership. Not to mislead about the wealth — Arnold was, indeed, born to wealthy parents; before he was twenty, that money was gone, both parents were dead, and Arnold was supporting his sister, Hannah (three of his siblings having died before then). Arnold went into business; his money was earned.

Gringolandia Flashback March 2009 by Lyn Miller-Lachmann. From my review: “Daniel Aguilar, 17, lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his mother and younger sister; he has a cute girlfriend, Courtney; he plays in a band; is on the soccer team. He’s about to change from your typical American teen. Dan’s father is coming home, after six years in prison. Dan and his family are from Chile; it’s 1986, and Marcelo Aguilar was a political prisoner in Chile. After six years of imprisonment and torture, he’s coming home… Except it’s a home he’s never been to, since Dan, his mother and sister left Chile for America years ago.

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About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is lizzy.burns@gmail.com.

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