Welcome to Voracious Bookworms! This is a special place created for families that are raising advanced young readers. All reviews reflect my personal opinions and can be used as a reference by anyone, but at the end of each review, I have included a special note regarding the book’s appropriateness for younger readers. Feel free to check in and ask me about a particular book; if I have read it, I will be happy to let you know what I think. I hope you enjoy Voracious Bookworms and find it useful!
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
At age fifty, Alice Howland holds an enviable position as a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard, as well as an impressive reputation in linguistics. She has led an incredibly successful life along with her husband and is the mother of three grown children. But as her memory begins to deteriorate and she becomes increasingly disoriented, a devastating diagnosis sends her life spiraling downwards as she gradually loses touch with her family and the rest of the world…. (Continue reading)
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
When Ernt Allbright, Leni’s father, comes home from the Vietnam War as a former POW, he is barely recognizable as the man he once was. In 1974, he makes an impulsive decision to move his family to Alaska, where they will harvest their own crops and hunt their own meat. Thirteen-year-old Leni hopes for a fresh start, and at first, it appears that her father has finally found his cure in the rugged beauty of Alaska. But as winter approaches, he gradually deteriorates and becomes increasingly unstable…. (Continue reading)
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Marie-Laure LeBlanc lives in Paris with her father, who works for the Museum of Natural History as the lock master. At age six, she becomes completely blind, and her father trains her to navigate her own way through the city. When the Nazis occupy Paris, twelve-year-old Marie-Laure and her father flee to Saint-Malo, where they live with Marie-Laure’s great-uncle. With them they carry what may be the museum’s most coveted jewel…. (Continue reading)