Monday, December 09, 2013

A City tossed and Broken: The Diary of Minnie Bonner

Blundell, Judy. A City Tossed and Broken: The Diary of Minnie Bonner. New York, N.Y: Scholastic, 2013.

My story is about a girl named Minnie Bonner and her family who owns a tavern in Philadephia.  The Sump family try to buy Minnie's father's tavern and Minnie has to move to San Francisco to live with the Sumps. Minnie's father disappears after his tavern is bought, which is when Minnie goes to California. She then survives the earthquake of 1906 and since the Sump's were rich she found a bag of cash, and becomes very rich. Minnie's life changed forever and she found out a lot about her tavern.

Judy Blundell's writing style is written in first person format.  Her writing is written more mysteriously, because we don't know what's going to happen next in Minnie's life.  A quote from the book "And as she said it the rumble started". This is mysterious because no one knew when the earthquake was coming.

The illustrations are very interesting because they are actually photos of what happened during the San Francisco earthquake.  It shows the fault and the aftermath the city went through, and this gives the reader a better idea of how/what/when the quake was.

I thought the book is a great read for middle grades, particularly 7th - 9th. It gives a lot of historical facts about America during the 1900's, yet, it's fictional.  The book is slow at first, but it becomes more interesting by the middle of the book. This may be a hindrance to middle grades because they want to be interested in something right away. 

Reviewer: Krista Kavalauskas

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