Wednesday, July 30, 2008

100 Days and 99 Nights

What a great book this is for our current times! Alan Madison has created a touching story about a family whose father goes off to war, while still maintaining humor at a reading level perfect for 8 to 12 year olds.

100 Days and 99 Nights begins with our narrator, Esme, explaining what it's like to live the life of a military kid. Her family has lived in different countries, constantly moving as her dad receives new assignments, but Esme and her younger brother are resilient, looking forward to each move with excitement. When the family finally gets an assignment back to the United States, Esme is thrilled, but it comes with bad news as well. Her dad must deploy for 100 days and 99 nights. Esme feels it is her duty to be good while her dad is gone, but with a silly younger brother counting down the days becomes very interesting!

With so many families, including my own, facing military deployments and family members serving military time, this is the perfect book for a younger child. When a parent is away, especially at war, counting down the days can be long and scary, but with Esme's help the reader can learn how to best spend his or her days before Mom or Dad returns home. Madison did an awesome job of channeling a military child's mind.

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