Book Review: Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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Sugar By Jewell Parker Rhodes

 

Sugar and spice. And everything nice.

That’s how the saying goes.

But a girl named Sugar

Tells us in her first person prose,

That sugar’s not as nice

As it seems.

 

Here’s What Goodreads Has To Say:

Ten-year-old Sugar lives on the River Road sugar plantation along the banks of the Mississippi. Slavery is over, but laboring in the fields all day doesn’t make her feel very free. Thankfully, Sugar has a knack for finding her own fun, especially when she joins forces with forbidden friend Billy, the white plantation owner’s son.

Sugar has always yearned to learn more about the world, and she sees her chance when Chinese workers are brought in to help harvest the cane. The older River Road folks feel threatened, but Sugar is fascinated. As she befriends young Beau and elder Master Liu, they introduce her to the traditions of their culture, and she, in turn, shares the ways of plantation life. Sugar soon realizes that she must be the one to bridge the cultural gap and bring the community together. Here is a story of unlikely friendships and how they can change our lives forever.

From Jewell Parker Rhodes, the author of Ninth Ward (a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a Today show Al’s Book Club for Kids pick), here’s another tale of a strong, spirited young girl who rises beyond her circumstances and inspires others to work toward a brighter future.

 

Gaby Lost And Found

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Hello, it’s me again sorry I haven’t posted in a while but I’ve been away so here something different for a post:

 

A poem! For a book Called “Gaby Lost And Found

There once was girl named Gaby

She lived with her shabby dad

Her mom was deported

To Honduras

And Gaby is a little sad

Gaby volunteers at

An animal shelter

And her favorite cat Feather needs a forever home

But how can Gaby give Feather a

Forever home

When Gaby needs one herself.

 

I loved this book because it’s so sweet and loving!

 

Here’s what Goodreads has to say:

“Wanted: One amazing forever home for one amazing sixth grader.

“My name is Gaby, and I’m looking for a home where I can invite my best friend over and have a warm breakfast a couple of times a week. Having the newest cell phone or fancy clothes isn’t important, but I’d like to have a cat that I can talk to when I’m home alone.”

Gaby Ramirez Howard loves volunteering at the local animal shelter. She plays with the kittens, helps to obedience train the dogs, and writes adoption advertisements so that the strays who live there can find their forever homes: places where they’ll be loved and cared for, no matter what.

Gaby has been feeling like a bit of a stray herself, lately. Her mother has recently been deported to Honduras and Gaby is stuck living with her inattentive dad. She’s confident thather mom will come home soon so that they can adopt Gaby’s favorite shelter cat together. When the cat’s original owners turn up at the shelter, however, Gaby worries that her plans for the perfect family are about to fall apart.”