More Than A Thief
(Owl Hollow Press)
Sixteen-year-old Victoria Robbins feels trapped by her high-society life and escapes by visiting with her neighbor, Miss Lizzie Borden, reading Sherlock Holmes serials, and—when the urge overtakes her—stealing. When her next-door neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Borden are murdered and Lizzie is accused of committing the acts, Victoria goes to extraordinary lengths to solve the mystery and ensure she does not become like Lizzie Borden.
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School Library Journal Starred Review
In this appealing and accessible fictional scrapbook, 14-year-old Louise relates the experience of being separated from her best friend, Dottie, whose Japanese-American family has been relocated to an internment camp following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Through Louise's journal entries, Dottie's letters, and a variety of authentic-looking newspaper clippings, ticket stubs, and other artifacts, the girls' story emerges powerfully and believably. Readers sense Dottie's distress at her imposed exile, and her anger at being thought un-American. They observe Louise grappling with the injustice of it all, as she is ridiculed for her friendship with Dottie and her own family is targeted because of their German heritage. If the drama of the girls separation isn't enough, a romantic subplot and the antics of Dottie's goofy dog (living with Louise in her absence) will surely keep young readers interested. This heartwarming tale of steadfast friendship makes a wonderful access point for learning more about World War II and Japanese internment.
Haven is a great read, whether you are young or grown up, boy or girl. There's longing in it (for adventure and an ATV) there's humor and a great boy friendship. There's a budding boy-girl friendship that rings totally-true. There's a glimpse of what life is like when you don't have a family, and what it can be like when you DO have a family, but somehow, things are never quite right at home. The ending is so VERY satisfying... and I can't tell anything about it, or I'll spoil multiple surprises.