Welcome to Voracious Bookworms! This is a special place created for families that are raising advanced young readers. I write these book reviews for everyone, but at the end of each review, I always include a special note regarding the book’s appropriateness for younger readers. Feel free to ask me about a particular book; if I have read it, I will be happy to let you know what I think. To all voracious bookworms out there, let’s start reading!
The Operator by Robert O’Neill
In his New York Times bestseller The Operator, Robert O’Neill begins by briefly describing his childhood in his hometown of Butte, Montana. He quickly moves on to his impulsive decision to join the SEALs and the grueling months of intense training required to qualify. During his time as a SEAL – over a decade –, there were periods of time where each night he and his team would record multiple enemy kills…. (Continue reading)
Neither Here nor There by Bill Bryson
In 1972, Bill Bryson traveled across Europe with his notorious friend from A Walk in the Woods, Stephen Katz. Twenty years later, he decided to retrace his steps, stopping by Paris, Rome, Vienna, and many other cities. The result of this second trip is chronicled in Neither Here nor There…. (Continue reading)
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. There he is made the Tätowierer, tattooing numbers on his fellow prisoners’ arms day after day. For almost three years, he witnesses the barbaric acts of the Nazis, uses his privileged position to help other Jews, and vows to himself that he will survive. Then one day, he meets a terrified young woman waiting in line to have her arm tattooed…. (Continue reading)