Tuesday, August 25, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Making it Home by Suzanne Roche


BLURB:

One new (older, nerdy, bossy) stepsister, one mysterious book in an antique store, and one relic…[sic]

[sic] take two brothers back in time to the turn of the twentieth century, when millions of people are immigrating to America. For the newcomers trying to make New York City their home, it’s a place of dreams, hard work, and opportunity—and poverty, hardship, and illness.

But how can three children help their new immigrant friends when they have enough to figure out? For starters, what are they doing in the past and how are they going to make it home to the future?

Join Peri, Henry, and Max on their adventure with the help of actual photographs, documents, and artwork that make the past come alive. To get your hands on even more history, there are ten different games, recipes, and activities based on the story. Make Irish soda bread and dill pickles, try to live on an immigrant’s salary, match slang from the 1900s to modern-day words, learn a card game popular on immigrant ships, and more.

REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 12 years, 8 months

MAY CONTAIN SPOILER:

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time? This book is about Peri and her two brothers traveling back in time to America at the turn of the 20th century. They meet Annie Moore, Theodore Roosevelt, and Jacob Riis. 

My favorite part is the end when Max sets another antique on the encyclopedia and it begins again. 

My favorite character is Henry because he is the most like me. He worries a lot and gets stressed out, but his heart is in a good place. 

I recommend this book for people who love magic, history and a good adventure. 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 10 and up.