This is the first post for our new series called "The Book Report" appearing every Wednesday on the blog. This is where Ms. Gilroy, Mrs. Fecher, our library assistants, teachers, and even students can submit book reviews to be shared. If you've read a book you'd like to review e-mail Ms. Gilroy @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first review comes from Ms. Gilroy and it's about the recently released These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly. Happy reading!
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
Jennifer Donnelly has been one of my favorite YA authors ever since I read A Northern Light and Revolution. In her latest book, a historical fiction murder mystery, Donnelly uses 1890's New York to tell the story of Josephine "Jo" Montfort.
Jo's father has died, but the circumstances surrounding his death don't sit well with Jo, a young, sophisticated socialite who has been sent home from her finishing school to grieve. When she uncovers clues that suggest her father's accidental death was murder, she takes it upon herself to seek out the truth. Jo's hunt leads her to some very dark and dangerous places, but with the help of Eddie, a young reporter, she uncovers secrets that could solve the mystery of her father's untimely death. However, when a menacing stranger begins to follow her every move, these secrets could end up taking her life.
What I really loved about this book was that Jo, despite growing up in a time where young ladies were expected to follow social standards and focus on marriage, yearns for much more than a ring on her finger. She loves writing and dreams of reporting the news like Nellie Bly. Her independent and willful spirit make her someone you root for. And a glimpse into New York in the late 19th century is the perfect backdrop for this story. It showcases the disparity between the rich and the poor, and in doing so Jo begins to see her world in a whole new light.
If you're a fan of historical fiction this is a terrific read! We also have Jennifer Donnelly's other books in the library as well, including her Waterfire Saga, a series about mermaids - perfect for any fan of the fantasy genre!
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