Youth librarian Holly has written us a recommendation for a historical fiction book. Check out her review below. This is a great crossover for folks who enjoyed Peg Kehret's wonderful autobiography Small Steps. If you love reading about the real lives of fascinating people or the fictionalized lives of people who were or could have been real, stop by the library for more biographical and historical reads!
"As a children's librarian, I have noticed that about the most-often-asked-for juvenile biography is Small Steps, by Peg Kehret. Now I just finished a book that reminded me a lot of that one, so if you liked Small Steps when you were younger, you're sure to like Breathing Room, by Marsha Hayles. This is a story that happens during WWII but with a very different subject than most historical fiction taking place during that time.
Thirteen-year-old Evvy is sent away to Loon Lake Sanatorium to recover from tuberculosis. She shares a room with grouchy Dena, princessy Pearl, always cheerful Beverly, and kindred soul Sarah. The rules of the room are simple. Don't talk. Don't move. That's about it. If you want to get better, you must follow those rules. Of course, that is not so easy for 5 teenage girls, and so of course sometimes those rules are broken.
This powerful story is one of heavy loss but also of strong friendship and hope."