The Year We Sailed the Sum
Author: Theresa Nelson
Length: 417 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Reading Ram Star Rating: 4.9 out of 5 Stars
Eleven year old Julia Delaney thinks everything has finally calmed down somewhat, after her father dying and whatnot. She lives with her older sister Mary at her aunt's house. Then, of course, Julia and her sister are taken by some Nuns to the House of Mercy. It is a girl's orphanage/school. Julia is constantly trying to get out and escape.Her older brother Bill keeps telling her to wait for the signal to leave, but she can't. Besides, going back means going into the Sin Room. Where the head Nun, Sister Maclovius, will be able to tighten her iron grip on Julia. But where would Julia go? She has nowhere, no family to go too. But Julia can dream, oh boy she can dream. She has dreamed of having her father and mother back, and her whole family moving to New York, or another place outside of St. Louis. She has never dreamed of going anywhere truly amazing. But will her life take a different path all on its own?
I absolutely adored this book! It was so good! The story had so many twists and turns, it was amazing! It takes a little getting into, like maybe the first 100 pages, but it is still awesome! The way Julia changes in this book is incredible! It is probably my favorite historical fiction book of all time! Julia is named after a fiddle tune, which I think is cute. But she will not stand it if the person playing isn't her dad. since he's dead, she basically didn't want to hear it at all. This book is not inappropriate at all. I would recommend it to 5th grade through 7th grade. Just know that, as I said before, it is kind of hard to get into. The change in this book is so fast at the beginning, you're just thinking, what? But don't worry, I promise you will love it! You should definitely check this book out from the library, or even buy it, it's that good. I already want to read it again, so try it out!