Mr. Krebs Reads

Here is a record of all the books from the RMS library this year.  Please ask for any other suggestions.  I am a huge fan of non-fiction and historical fiction, but Mrs. Dietsch often convinces me to try other genres. She is typically right.     Click the title for more information. 
  • Hunt for the Bamboo Rat by Salisbury (YA Golden Sower nominee)
    • American born Japanese teen is invited by the US military to be a translator at the birth of WWII. He is sent to the front lines in this story that pits his mixed identity of pride in his Japanese heritage and his life growing up in America.  
  • Beneath by Smith (YA Golden Sower nominee)
    • Pat has always looked up to his older brother Coop, that is until he disappeared.  One year later, Coop begins to send cryptic messages through a recorder and flash drive.  Pat's adventure begins when Coop suddenly goes silent.  Pat goes on a journey to New York City and below.  
  • The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Scheinkin
    • A look at infamous man whose name is used for labeling a traitorous act. This story follows Benedict Arnold's rise to fame and power, one that puts him as one of General George Washington's most trusted advisers; to his tragic fall from grace. At one moment you will be rooting for him, the next you will be begging him to remain loyal.  
  • An Uncertain Soldier by Bass
    • Seventeen-year-old German Naval officer Erich finds himself in a Canadian POW camp after his ship sinks in the North Atlantic.  Negative run ins with German loyalists leads him to a logging operation where he befriends a Canadian born German who is having his own troubles getting along in the community.  
  • Bloody Times: The Funeral of Abraham Lincoln and the Manhunt for Jefferson Davis by Swanson
    • This story recounts the final days of the Civil War, the fallout from the assassination of President Lincoln and the search to capture Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  The author has a gift of telling this nonfiction historical event as a story that draws you in and causes you to keep reading.  As a social studies teacher, I can really appreciate that!
  • Ten Days a Mad Woman: The Daring Life and Turbulent TImes of the Original "Girl" Reporter, Nellie Bly by Noyes
    • The story of the woman who changed newspaper reporting at a time when women weren't in the field or regulated to cover fashion and soft stories. The book takes us through Bly's adventures writing for a major New York newspaper, from faking insanity to cover the conditions of a nearby asylum, to racing around the world in less than 80 days (from the original Verne novel).  It is an interesting read, though the formatting can distract with biography snippets and other text features.