Grace Lin has created something magical with this book. Minli lives near Fruitless Mountain and watches her parents working day after day from sunup to sundown with little to show for it. When she frees a goldfish it tells her how to find the Old Man of the Moon who can change her fortune. Her travels are peppered with stories inspired by Chinese Mythology. She meets some interesting characters along the way, and learns something important about herself. Beautifully written with great characters this is a must read. Perfect for students in Grades 4 and up.
Sheinken did what he does best - makes nonfiction feel like a novel. The story of Daniel Ellsberg will keep you plugged in to the bitter end. Most Americans(myself included) don't know the whole story behind the Pentagon Papers, just that the Vietnam War was contentious to say the least. In history classes they teach about Kent State, and the draft evaders along with major points of the war. What they never talk about is what Sheinken has covered in this book - that our troops continued to be sent to Vietnam so the sitting President wouldn't be the first U. S. President to lose a war.
My father is a Vietnam Vet. Despite this fact, I didn't know much about it - it is a war that was glossed over in school and never really discussed. If you want a true understanding of the reasons behind and why we stayed in the war read this book. It is riveting. This book shines a light on a controversial part of American history. It is important to understand this part of our history and you won't be taught this in school. Recommended for ages 13 and up.