In this story, Rose goes away with a white bear to save her sister’s life, but in so doing, Rose endangers her own life. Rose is willing to give up everything she has to save the ones she loves. This story is a retelling of both Beauty and the beast and East of the Sun and West of the Moon, and it shows how love truly can conquer all, even death.
Princess Academy-Shannon Hale
When Miri’s friend, Britt, is captured, Miri sacrifices herself to save her, putting herself in Britt’s place. When it seems that all hope is lost, Miri uses her only weapons left to her: her mind and her voice. She escapes through wit alone, and her bravery saves the life of not only Britt, but her entire kingdom. This story is a wonderful example of how one girl, even a girl too small to work in a quarry, can change the world.
The Lightning thief-Rick Riordan
When Percy Jackson is sent on a quest to retrieve the most dangerous weapon in the world, the lightning bolt, he is unsure of himself, not knowing what he is capable of. As his journey goes on, he discovers that no blade can match the power he has within himself. He learns what he truly wants, what he can achieve, and most of all, who he really is. This is a story of finding internal strength and learning to rely on ones self, and become who you’re supposed to be.
The Goose Girl-Shannon Hale
Ani is sent off to marry an unknown prince, and is betrayed by her power hungry, supposed friend. In a desperate struggle for her life, princess Ani is forced to pull her self down to the lowest possible rank, that of a goose girl. She learns what it’s like to be a peasant, living on the streets. She learns the value of hard work, a square meal, and a good night’s sleep, and along the way she discovers what love is. Ani is forced to rely wholly on the truth, praying it will be enough. Suddenly it becomes just enough when not only hope and life, but love is at stake, and with a friend behind her, and the truth at her back, Ani is able to save what matters most, and she saves an entire nation in the process. This is an amazing story because it shows how when you have the wrong reasons for something, your not going to get it, but when you want it for the right reasons, suddenly the path clears.
Heartbeat- Sharon Creech
Annie’s mother is expecting a baby, and Annie is amazed at how there can be a little person, inside her mother, growing everyday, a boy who will someday be a man but who is now just a group of cells. When Annie first hears her baby brother’s heartbeat, before he is born, she wonders at the beauty of an innocent being, not even born yet. But when the time comes, the baby does not breathe. Air is pumped into his body and Annie prays that he will live. Finally, tears come to the midwife’s eyes as the baby begins to breathe, and Annie feels again the little miracle’s heartbeat. This book tells of the miracle of life, and the wonder of a birth. It shows how amazing a baby, innocent and pure, can be and what a blessing a baby is.
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