Jacob Have I Loved

Jacob Have I Loved, by Katherine Paterson, takes place on Rass Island over a period of seven years. Rass is a small, little known island off the Chesapeake Bay, and about two-thirds of the island is covered in windy salt marsh full of cordgrass that hides tin, glass and other sharp things. Cordgrass alone can rip your skin so imagine how deadly it is with harmful stuff hidden in it. On Rass everybody makes money either by teaching or fishing for oysters, eeling or crabbing every day except Sunday.

Jacob Have I Loved is about the life of teenage girl Sara Louise Bradshaw. Louise has lived in her sister Caroline's shadow since the minute Caroline was born. After only a few minutes of attention, Caroline was born and all the attention was drawn to her from Louise. All Louise wants is to get out of Caroline's shadow and find something she is better at than Caroline.

"My sister was loved by every body but me- 
the one who should have loved her best."- back cover

  • Sara Louise Bradshaw - main character and twin sister of Caroline
  • Caroline Bradshaw - antagonist and twin sister to Louise
  • The Captain - Louise, Caroline and Call's friend
  • Call - friend to The Captain, Louise and Caroline

I liked this book and recommend it to people who like realistic fiction. Jacob Have I Loved is by award winning author Katherine Paterson. Also written by Paterson:  
  • Bridge to Teribithia, 1978 Newbery Medal winner
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins, Newbery Honor Book and 1979 National Book Award winner
  • The Master Puppeteer  1977 National Book Award winner
IL: MG - BL: 5.7 - AR Pts: 8.0

Read 2012

Having children of my own, I understand the fear of giving your little people's information to a stranger, even if it is for something educational. Just to clarify, Book-Attic doesn't need anything other than an email address, a first name and a grade level from each child. With what information we have, we will generate a screen name to track points throughout the summer. The email provided will not be bombarded with emails from Book-Attic, either.

If your child chooses to enter a review to be published on the site for two extra points, or a video for one point, I will simpy add a first name (or a screen name if you prefer) and age to the review. Even the gift card will be sent via email without any other information. Please don't hesitate to join Challenge 2012 for privacy reasons. Book-Attic respects each and every families privacy.

Thank you for taking interest in Book-Attic! I hope to receive many enrollment emails! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email read2012@book-attic.com

 I would also like to extend a special thanks to JoVoli Clark and all the Lawrence Virtual School staff that has helped Makenzie and Book-Attic
reach more children and families. We truly appreciate everything anyone has done to help!!

Peter Pan

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie is about Wendy Darling and Peter Pan and their adventures in Never Land. In the Mermaid Lagoon, Peter rescues Tiger Lilly by impersonating Captain Hook and telling Smee and other Pirates to undo her bonds and let her go. Because Peter helped Tiger Lilly, the redskins treat Peter as a Lord and protect the underground house by night.
If you like Disney's classic Peter Pan animation, you would love Barrie's Peter Pan because it has many more adventures and the ending leaves much more open to the imagination. But we won't give away the ending, you must read it to find out!


  • Peter Pan: chief of the lost boys and main character
  • Wendy Darling: pretend mother to the lost boys and second protagonist
  • Captain Hook: captain of the pirate ship the Jolly Roger
  • Micheal: Wendy's brother whom she pretends is her baby
  • John: Wendy's second brother
  • Smee: second in charge on the Jolly Roger
  • Tinker Bell: Peter Pan's fairy

Summer Reading Challenge 2012

Book-Attic developer Makenzie has been working her little tooshie off creating two summer reading programs.  The goal of Summer Reading Challenge 2012 is to encourage children to read over the summer. The incentive, you ask? A $25 Amazon gift card will be rewarded to the top readers from each category. Check it out at read2012.book-attic.com.

 Book-Attic's summer reading club is a bit different and MUCH MORE laid back. Simply chose a book cover from the right of the page, read the book and talk about it. A few of the books will have a Google Doc link where readers can help create a book review to post on Book-Attic at the end of the summer.

Wolf Tower by Tanith Lee

Wolf Tower  is about Claidi, a 16 year old maid, and Nemian, a handsome stranger from the Waste. Claidi and Nemian are on a mission to Wolf Tower one of the four towers, Raven Tower, Tiger Tower, Pig Tower and Wolf Tower. Claidi, for the very first time, is out of the House and facing the Waste in this exciting adventure.


Claidi: Maid servant of spoiled and stubborn princess and protagonist
Nemian: handsome stranger from the Waste second protagonist
Jizania Tiger: most important of the old ladies and helps Claidi escape
Blurn: bandit
Argul: leader of the bandits

Wolf Tower takes place in the Waste which is said to be a horrible, poisonous land  populated with bandits. Claidi learns that this is untrue and the Waste actually  has other cities where people can live. On the other hand, some of the Waste proves to be just as horrid as rumors say. For example, in the Rain Gardens the continuous rain is red and a carrot like fruit falls from the trees exploding on the ground.

Claidi's quest begins because she wants to get away from the intolerable House where she serves a stubborn princess. Her search to find a better place ends at Wolf Tower where she learns that the grass may not always be greener on the other side, or is it?

I like Wolf Tower because it is full of adventure and decisions, like whether to escape with Nemian or not. I would recommend this book to people who like dystopian fantasy such as Lois Lowry's Trilogy.

Wolf Tower is the first book in The Claidi Journal Series. Check it out at Tanith Lee at Amazon.com

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson


   Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson is about Molly Aster, a starcatcher in training, and Peter, an orphaned boy. Molly and Peter are on a mission to keep a box of a magical substance that gives the user an unlimited amount of power for a limited time called starstuff from Black Stache and a group of evil people called the others.


  •  Peter:  orphaned boy and protagonist
  •  Molly Aster:  Peter's friend and second protagonist 
  •  Black Stache:  captain of the pirate ships Sea Devil and Jolly Roger
  •  Alf:  sailor
  •  Slank:  first officer and second in charge of the Never Land
  •  Smee:  second in charge on the Sea Devil and Jolly Roger
  • Fighting Prawn: chief of the Mollusk people  

  Peter and the Starcatchers takes place on Mollusk Island an island inhabited by the  a tribe that throws visitors to the island down a big hole with Mister Grin, a 25 ft. man eating crocodile. Mollusk Island is mostly dense jungle but has a thin strip of beach surrounding the jungle. In the heart of the island is a steep mountain from the top of which you can see the whole island.

  I liked Peter and the Starcatchers because it is a fun book and you never want to put it down. I would recommend this book to fantasy lovers. This was written as a prequel to Peter Pan and the beginning of the Neverland Series.  I cannot wait to get my hands on the next book it was such a good book.