Julia Reviews! – ‘Small Steps’

TitleSmall Steps: The Year I Got Polio
AuthorPeg Kehret
Year It Was Published: 1996
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Summary…from the back of the book, “Acclaimed author Peg Kehret has written the true story of the year when she was stricken with polio. At first paralyzed and terrified, she fought her way to recovery, aided by doctors and therapists, a supportive family, and loving roommates fighting their own battles with the disease, and plenty of grit and luck. With the humor and suspense that are her trademarks, Peg Kehret vividly recreates a year of heartbreak and triumph.”
My View: My big sister, Emily, bought this book when she was my age because she loved reading the mysteries and adventures that Peg Kehret was writing for kids our age.  After she read Peg’s biography, Small Steps, the author became even more important and she began telling our family more and more about this wonderful lady.  I am now also a big fan of the Peg Kehret series of books, especially books like Cages and Don’t Tell Anyone.  When my dad told me that there was a biography about the author (and we even had it!), I was excited.  I learned a lot about things I knew nothing about before, especially about the time in our country when polio was such a big topic.  My favorite story in the book is about how much Peg loved her doctor during the time she was in the hospital.  It is a very funny story!  All I have to say now is that readers will be hooked from page one.

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Julia (age 9) Reviews! – ‘Cages’

Title: CAGES
Author: Peg Kehret
Year It Was Made: 2001
Publisher: Puffin Books
Time It Took Me To Read It: 3 weeks
Back Of Book: Kit never means to steal that bracelet. She’s just mad after losing the lead in the school play and fighting with her unbearable stepfather. But when she is caught and sentenced to twenty hours of volunteer work at the humane society, she’s sure she’s blown her chance at a scholarship. Kit doesn’t mind volunteering at the humane society; she knows how it feels to be stuck in a cage like those animals. And with the help of one special friend, Kit begins to learn that the key to her own cage is right in front of her.
My Review: This is such an amazing book! On the first sentence of the first page, it’s like it pulls you right into the book! This story just gets happy, then sad. Then, it gets happy, and then sad again. It finally stays on one thing at the end of the book. HAPPY!!!

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