A foster parent’s story, Bellevue photo history, Holocaust story
New Northwest books include the memoir of a foster mother of medically fragile children, a children’s book about a Holocaust survivor and a new pictorial history of Bellevue.
“The House on Sylvia Street” by Judy Bordeaux (Cloud Ridge Press, $9.90). This book documents a caregiver’s life with seven children and young adults over the course of a year. The woman, a nurse and foster mother for more than 30 years, cared for more than 300 medically fragile foster children. Bordeaux lives in Carnation.
“Gifts From the Enemy” by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Craig Orback (White Cloud Press, $16.95). A children’s book that tells the story of a Holocaust teen survivor and how an unexpected person shows moral courage through repeated acts of kindness to the boy. The book is powerfully illustrated by Orback, who lives in Seattle
“Bellevue: Post World War II Years” by Eastside Heritage Center (Arcadia, $21.99). Eastside Heritage Center provides more than 200 vintage images and memories about Bellevue in the years after the war. It traces the community’s transformation from farming to a vibrant economic center.
“The Taking” by Kimberly Derting (HarperTeen, $17.99). For ages 14-17: A bright light interrupts a fight between 16-year-old Kyra and her dad, and she disappears. Five years later, she wakes up behind a garbage bin with no memory of anything that has happened. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend is dating her best friend, and her dad blames aliens for her abduction. As Kyra discovers strange powers and connects with others who have been “taken,” she starts to wonder if her dad is right. The author lives in Bonney Lake.