Kathryn Stockett’s THE HELP opens in Jackson, Mississippi in 1962. Change is in the air. Although segregation is still firmly entrenched in Jackson, there are stirrings of rebellion. When Skeeter embarks on a project to interview the maids and record their stories for a book that she hopes will launch her career, she is only vaguely aware that she is detonating a time bomb that could blow up in all of their faces.
John Boyne’s novel, THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS is outstanding. It is beautifully written with a most powerful storyline. Nine year-old Bruno is an innocent, carefree boy growing up in Berlin during WWII. He has three “Best Friends For Life,” and wants to be an explorer when he grows up. Bruno lives in a beautiful mansion, complete with gardens and servants, along with his older sister Gretel, their lovely mother, and their father, a high ranking SS officer.