Chronicles from Chateau Moines

Chronicles from Chateau Moines

by Evelyne Holingue




September 1970: Scott's mother has recently died and his father gets the crazy idea to move his family from California to Normandy. Now Scott has to learn to live without his mom while adjusting to France. In his seventh grade class there is only Ibrahim who comes from another country. Scott doesn't even want to play his guitar anymore. Why does his father think that life will be better so far from home?
Scott has no idea that his arrival is also a challenge to Sylvie. While her best friend is excited to have an American boy at school, Sylvie cannot say one word to Scott. She can't even write good songs in her notebook anymore. Why is life so different since Scott moved to Château Moines?
Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War protest era and told from the perspectives of twelve-year old Scott and Sylvie, this is a story about loss and friendship, music and peace, and also about secrets.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780988390515
Publisher: Burel Press
Publication date: 10/11/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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Chronicles from Chateau Moines 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Evelyne Holingue is a beautiful writer! I highly recommend Chronicles from Chateau Moines to anyone who loves a good novel. I'm recommending to all friends who have children in middle school as this is perfect for them.
Wendy_Strain More than 1 year ago
Evelyne Holingue has created, or re-created, a beautiful world in which children are able to find their own means of expressing themselves, begin to understand greater issues and complexities in their lives, and find meaning where they felt none had existed. First love, the destructive power of jealousy, the importance of communication, and the building blocks of courage are all included in an immersive experience the duration of a typical school year (or 300 pages). You might need your kid to already be a reader to get them involved in this story as I discussed in my longer blog post, but once you get them involved, the back and forth between the two characters is quickly engaging and makes those pages turn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Looking for a good book for a middle grade student? Try Chronicles from Chateau Moines. There isn't any foul language or inappropriate situations, only an innocent kiss at the end. It blends cultures together with anti-war and anti-racism themes. Even when there is conflict within the book, the characters aim to restore the peace. After the death of his mother, Scott Sweet moves to Chateau Moines, France with his sister and father. While there he makes new friends and together they plan a protest for the Vietnam War. Sylvie, on the other hand, has to chose between her friend who likes Scott, or Scott himself. Since it is told through her point of view as well, of course she has to choose the new American boy. Sylvie is my least favorite character in the book. She was very moody for more than half of the book. She kept fighting her crush of Scott because her friend said she liked him first. When she ditched her friend to meet with Scott, I thought she'd loosen up and become less of a stick in the mud. That didn't happen. Even when around Scott, she doesn't try to get very close to him. At times the reminder of him puts her in a bad mood around her friends and family. The only way she opens up about her feelings is through her writing. Throughout the book, readers see the poems/lyrics she writes. Scott, on the other hand, is a bit strong willed--after all he won't wear socks until the war is over. He isn't as moody as Sylvie. He is the peacekeeper in the book. He befriends an Arabian boy, Ibrahim, and tries to be friends with Sylvie--if she will let him. Yes, Scott makes a false assumption in the book, but when he learns the truth, he quickly forgets the grudge he had against a certain adult character. He is a good leader. In the end, the book closes with no loose ends. There is a nice twist that interconnects all of the characters. Astute readers will be able to figure out what this revelation is about half way through the book. It makes for a very happy ending. Since the setting is in France, author Evelyne Holingue incorporates some French language in the book. Most of the French words/phrases are translated. Those that aren't can easily be deciphered with the context clues. This is one aspect of the book I really enjoyed her including. I'm glad the language wasn't all in English. The story is told over the course of a school year in 1970-1971. Historical events are brought up in the book. Holingue also incorporates music all throughout. Since Scott plays guitar and Sylvie sings, music from the era is cited. Holingue lists the songs at the end of the book along with the album and year published. You'll definitely want to check it out.
LADennison More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the setting of Chateau Moines. From the opening chapters, the author whisked me away to this small town in France. Set in 1970, the characters’ varying stances on the Vietnam War also give a unique international view of the time period. Sylvie and Scott’s distinct voices were also a high point. I related quickly to Scott as a main character—I sympathized with his grief over his mother’s death, and I rooted for him as he stood firm in his beliefs while leading a war protest. Although the characters are younger, I think both the theme and the voice would appeal to upper middle grades readers who enjoy character-driven historical fiction and anyone who loves all things French.