Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Google Custom Search
Hayles, Marsha.
New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2012
IL 5-8, RL 5.3

(2 booktalks)
Click on the book to read Amazon reviews
Booktalk #1

Breathing Room is the story of 13-year-old Evvy Hoffmeister, who has recently been diagnosed with tuberculosis, or TB. Evvy is sent to Loon Lake Sanatorium by her family in hopes she will recover and return home quickly. But will she? When surrounded by sickness and death, how could anyone recover from such a deadly disease? With the help of her new friends, and the thought of seeing her family again, Evvy might just make it. (South Carolina Junior Book Award nominee 2015,  Prepared by: Abigail Montgomery, Meadow Glen Middle School,

Booktalk #2

In the 1940’s, tuberculosis was a deadly disease. Thirteen-year-old Evvy Hoffmeister is taken to Loon Lake Sanatorium to be cured. She is put in a room with three other girls. There are very strict rules. The girls’ cure starts with complete bed rest which means no talking, moving, reading or visits from family, but drinking plenty of milk. Very slowly they progress to sitting in bed, reading, sitting in a wheelchair and then walking. The book also describes some of the medical treatments used at the time such as removing a rib to allow a lung to collapse and heal. Surprisingly, the girls become good friends and find ways to entertain and bring cheer to their strictly regulated lives.  (Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award, 2015)

SUBJECTS:     Tuberculosis -- Fiction.
                        Sick -- Fiction.
                        Hospitals -- Fiction.
                        Minnesota -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
                        Coming of age -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

Main Page ** Author List ** Title List ** New This Month ** Interest Level ** Subject List ** FAQ's ** Contributors ** Booktalking Tips **Book Review Sources ** Reading lists ** Reading lists ** Awards **Nancy Keane's Children's Website **
Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is
licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License