The Hundred Penny Box

616992The Hundred Penny Box by Sharon Bell Mathis
Publisher: Puffin Books. 2006 (originally 1975)
Reading Format: Paperback
For Grades 3 – 5
Newberry Winner 1976

About the Book

Michael loves his great-great-aunt Dew, even if she can’t always remember his name. He especially loves to spend time with her and her beloved hundred penny box, listening to stories about each of the hundred years of her life. Michael’s mother wants to throw out the battered old box that holds the pennies, but Michael understands that the box itself is as important to Aunt Dew as the memories it contains.  A timeless story of the relationship between a boy and his elderly relative, this new edition is one that families young and old will treasure for years to come.

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

iobd 2Author:  Scott O’Dell
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books For Children, 2010, (original 1960)
Reading Format: Paperback

My Non-Spoiler Review
Personal Rating: 3.72          Star Rating: rating_4stars

Note: This book was written for the ages of  7 – 10.

Characters: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell is about the real life story of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas.  In history her name became Juana Maria, but O’Dell named her Karana.  Karana spent eighteen years alone on an island. Little is known about her, but she had a will to live and had the knowledge to survive. O’Dell writes Karana’s story with respect for her, her people, and her culture.

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