The CHB Read & Review Club is for educators and students who enjoy reading and would like to share the joy of reading with others through reviewing and recommending books. As a bookshop, we often receive special review copies of books in advance of their release dates so that we can review them. However, since we can only read so many books and we value the thoughts and opinions of other readers, CHB is recruiting educators and students to read and review advance reader copies (or arcs) of books that we receive, and we'll post their reviews on the Cavalier House Books website via the Read & Review Club Blog!
Emily R. (12) is a Read & Review Club member, and she has written a review of Skating with the Statue of Liberty by Susan Lynn Meyer! Check out what she has to say about the book:
Skating with the Statue of Liberty by Susan Lynn Meyer was an all-around amazing book. From the beginning, this story had me hooked. The book is set in January of 1942, during World War II. Gustave, the main character, is immigrating to America from France, which is occupied by the Nazis. Gustave and his family stay in New York, no longer worried about being captured by the Germans, but life in New York is not as easy as they thought it would be. For one thing, his family can speak little English. Plus, Gustave feels left out because the clothes he has are nothing like the clothes the Americans wear. Then, to make things even more complicated, Gustave meets September Rose, who he thinks is the most interesting girl in the whole school. The problem is, September Rose doesn’t seem to want to be friends with Gustave. Gustave and his family soon realize that American isn’t what they expected. One of my favorite parts of this book was watching Gustave explore New York and find new places. It was very interesting to me to see New York from another person’s eyes. Another thing I enjoyed was the historical aspect of it. I enjoy learning about historical things, but I have only ever heard the American side of World War II. Hearing about how it was in France really interested me. Overall, I think this book was amazing. I think anyone could read this book and really enjoy it.
Thanks to Emily for her review!
"This rich story reminds us that America can be at its best as a melting pot. A page-turner for all the right reasons." --VINCE VAWTER, Newbery Honor-winning author of Paperboy