Four Books

Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe in a Crisis by Peggy Layton
Grade: B+

With the number of storms we’ve had that either knocked out or threatened to knock out our power, I think it might be wise to set up a small cache of emergency food and supplies. I borrowed this book from the library for that reason. Layton gives an adequate explanation of basic prepping, but half of the book is made of empty charts for you to fill in (waste of paper, IMHO).

The Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall
Grade: A-

This is a likable fantasy novel about a race of people called the Minnipins. It teaches tolerance and appreciation for society’s nonconformists in an engaging, not-too-preachy way.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Grade: B+

The Secret Keeper is the story of a woman in search of the truth about a traumatic childhood event. It is sometimes interesting but often drags. The only thing that saves the story is that it does not turn out quite as expected.

Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Grade: A-

Tuck Everlasting is a preachy, hard-to-believe, and overly long tale about the burden of immortality, but it is so beautifully written that you can forgive it all its flaws.

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