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Reading now: Men of the 65th: The Borinqueneers of the Korean War by Talia Aikens-Nuñez
Since the regiment’s creation in 1899, the men of the 65th have proudly served the US through multiple wars, despite facing racial discrimination. Their courage, loyalty, and patriotism earned them hundreds of accolades, including the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014.
But the honor and fidelity of the men of the 65th came into question in 1952, in the midst of the Korean War, when ninety-one Borinqueneers were arrested and tried for desertion and disobeying orders. How could this happen in one of the most distinguished and decorated units of the Army?
In this telling of one of the forgotten stories of the Korean War, author Talia Aikens-Nuñez guides us through the history of the Borinqueneers and the challenges they faced leading up to what was the largest court martial in the entire war. Rediscover the bravery of the men of the 65th through Aikens-Nuñez’s thorough writing and the soldiers’ firsthand accounts of the Korean War.
- Publisher : Zest Books ™ (May 2, 2023)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 136 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1728479142
- ISBN-13 : 978-1728479149
- Reading age : 11 – 18 years
- Grade level : 6 – 12
Reading this one on NetGalley. This came to me as a recommendation. For more information, visit Goodreads.
The Not so True Adventures of Brandon, Josh, and Adam by Barry M. Fellinger (Giveaway)
Join Brandon and Josh as they work to bring Adam home from the Strataderks and the Intergalactic Council on Obedience to Parents.
The Not So True Adventures of Brandon, Josh, and Adam by Barry M. Fellinger is a funny sci-fi adventure story with zany happenings, strange aliens, and intergalactic hijinks. Having escaped the Council, Brandon and Josh are astonished to discover that their cousin Adam has disappeared. Knowing his misbehavior led him to being abducted by the Strataderks, they must devise a plan to bring him home. Of course, that also means they must find a way to get back to outer space first.
This is such a funny story. As a parent, I might have hoped there was an Intergalactic Council on Obedience to Parents that abducted naughty kids to teach them a lesson. Kids will enjoy following along as Brandon and Josh, with the help of some doubles from a different dimension, plot and plan to bring Adam home. Of course, their nosy sister might just get in their way. Think of this like Spaceballs meets Phineas and Ferb.
Readers who enjoy humor, sci-fi adventures, and outlandish antics will appreciate The Not so True Adventures or Brandon, Josh, and Adam.
Double Trouble OR WHICH COUSIN COUSIN IS WHICH?
Oh, this is making my head hurt! Brandon is up there, but it’s not me. But it’s the right Brandon who will know what to do. But Josh is up there, but it’s not the right one, and he will be lost, and why doesn’t this Josh . . .
Brandon #2’s thoughts jumbled together as he tried to think everything through. He was fast losing his appetite.
His mind wandered as he began to pick away at his food. I mean, the one who should be with me is not, cuz this Josh is down here. But the wrong Josh, though he certainly knows what’s about to happen, which means he will refuse to eat the broccoli. But if Brandon up there doesn’t realize he has the wrong Josh, that Josh will be kidnapped with him, but it won’t be the right Josh. Then I will be stuck with the Josh, who lived through this, and he will understand everything, so maybe that’s not so bad . . . By now Brandon’s head throbbed so much from trying to sort this all out in his mind that he couldn’t concentrate on food anymore and put his head in his hands. Then he looked up at Josh.
“Josh,” Brandon spoke very low. “I understand. You’re not the right one.”
“What, dear?” asked Brandon’s mom, as Brittany complained, ‘Mom, Brandon’s whispering secrets about me to Josh.”
“Am not,” snapped back Brandon.
“Um, Mom, I think Josh might be sick. I think he should go to my room and lie down.”
“But I’m fine.” Josh was now panicking, understanding Brandon knew, but neither of them knew if the other Brandon hiding with Josh’s double understood yet. They were waiting for this Josh to come up, after all. Brandon needed the right Josh with him soon, but because he had not been through this before, he wasn’t thinking about one super important thing.
“What about the tantrum?” Josh asked Brandon softly. “If I don’t act up, they won’t come and then Adam is . . .”
He stopped mid-sentence when he felt an unusual bump like someone was trying to push him off his chair, strong enough that he nearly fell off it and had to grab the table to keep his balance.
“Brandon,” Josh whispered again. “Did you feel that?”
“Feel wh—” Brandon started to say and then the phone rang. Josh thought the last time that happened, they had been rounding the corner to the kitchen when his Aunt Beth answered the phone, not seated at the table. That’s different, he thought to himself. Aunt Beth is sitting at the table this time, but I guess we definitely did take longer upstairs. Still, something strange is going on, though.
Brandon’s mom turned to speak to the three children with a concerned look on her face. “That was your Aunt Patty,” she said, catching her breath. “It’s about your cousin Adam. He got into some big argument with his parents at the dinner table, and then he stomped off to his room.”
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- Publisher : Tellwell Talent (January 25, 2023)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 296 pages
- ISBN-10 : 022887923X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0228879237
I received a digital copy from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.
Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors
Today is my day to post at the Christian Children’s Authors blog. You can find my post about how God provides what we need by visiting https://christianchildrensauthors.com/2023/04/27/god-provides-what-we-need
The Last One to Fall by Gabriella Lepore
If you enjoy young adult suspense novels, then you must grab The Last One to Fall by Gabriella Lepore.
When Jesse Melo texts his friend Savana Caruso to join him at Cray’s Warehouse in the middle of the night, she doesn’t hesitate. Though she has no idea why Jesse would be at Cray’s, they have been friends since they were kids, so of course she would go. What she doesn’t expect is to witness someone falling out of the fourth story window to their death.
Now, five classmates are being investigated for murder, and Savana must get to the bottom of it, even if it’s only to clear her name. The problem is that everyone is keeping secrets, and when she receives threatening text messages, Savana knows she is running out of time.
Oh, my gosh! What a wild ride this book is. It perfectly captures the angst of high school, the difficulty of navigating ever-changing friends groups, the impact of jealousy, secrets that can destroy lives or secrets about what life looks like on the outside compared to how it is in reality, and so much more. Plenty of twists and turns keep the reader guessing who the murderer might be and what their motive is. Told from multiple points of view, this is a fabulous, captivating read.
- Publisher : Inkyard Press; Original edition (May 9, 2023)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1335915869
- ISBN-13 : 978-1335915863
- Reading age : 13 – 17 years
- Grade level : 7 – 9
I downloaded a free copy of this book from Netgalley. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.