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This Tender Land
This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
The acclaimed author of Ordinary Grace crafts a powerful novel about an orphans life-changing adventure traveling down Americas great rivers during the Great Depression, seeking both a place to call home and a sense of purpose in a world sinking into despair. Ask me, Gods right here. In the dirt, the rain, the sky, the trees, the apples, the stars in the cottonwoods. In you and me, too. Its all connected and its all God. Sure this is hard work, but its good work because its a part of what connects us to this land. This beautiful, tender land. 1932: Located on the banks of the Gilead River in Minnesota, Lincoln School is home to hundreds of Native American boys and girls who have been separated from their families. The only two white boys in the school are orphan brothers Odie and Albert who, under the watchful eyes of the cruel superintendent Mrs. Brickman, are often in trouble for misdeeds both real and imagined. The two boys best friend is Mose, a mute Native American who is also the strongest kid in school. And they find another ally in Cora Frost, a widowed teacher who is raising her little girl, Emmy, by herself. When tragedy strikes down Mrs. Frost, its the catalyst for a series of events that will send Odie, Albert, and Mose to rescue Emmy and flee down the river in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi, leaving a dead body in their wake. Soon they are wanted by the law and they know that Mrs. Brickman will stop at nothing to track them down for dark reasons of her own. Over the course of this unforgettable summer, Odie, Albert, Mose, and Emmy carefully make their way through the small river towns and big cities filled with people who are by turns desperate and generous, cruel and kind. As they search for a place to belong, these four remarkable children will lose their innocence but gain the strength to survive in the face of terrible loss. With his signature pitch-perfect, wonderfully evocative (Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author) prose, William Kent Kruegers This Tender Land shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.
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Bookwormjillk
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The first 30 pages of this took me two days to read because it was so slow, and then I finished the last 400 or so in 24 hours. I‘m glad I didn‘t give up! The story of 4 orphans trying to make their way to St Louis by canoe was a good one.

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lynneamch
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Love this author and this book that #InvolvesJourney. In the summer of 1932, four young people flee the horrific Indian School in Minnesota becoming vagabonds learning about themselves, each other, and the varied characters they meet along their river odyssey while hiding from the people who are determined to find them. #NewYearNewBooks @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Great choice 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1mo
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Eggs
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Day 1: January - the tagged. Kruger‘s writing is impeccable 💙

#12BooksOf2023

@Andrew65

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Eggs WKK might make more of the 12 days…🥰 @Andrew65 (edited) 2mo
SilversReviews Fab book. 2mo
Eggs @SilversReviews Agreed 👍🏼 2mo
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GinaKButler
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Up next on audio! 🎧
I‘ve heard so many people rave about this book…looking forward to trying a new-to-me author.

#23in2023
#unreadbookshelf
#bookspinbingo

AmyG Fabulous book. Enjoy! (edited) 6mo
Eggs Agree with @AmyG 👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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KathyWheeler
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I really enjoyed this book. William Kent Krueger is very good at evoking time and place; I could see every place Odie and his companions were as they traveled along the river looking for their hearts‘ desires. #audiowalk

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KathyWheeler
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Odie made a huge mistake several chapters ago by jumping to a conclusion without any evidence; I can‘t believe he‘s fixing to do it again! #audiowalk

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KathyWheeler
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For Pete‘s sake, I hope something good happens to these kids soon! I‘ve still got 5 hours left, and their lives have been so tough. It was over 100° outside today, so I didn‘t walk until around 7:00 when it finally went down to the 90s. #audiowalk

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KathyWheeler
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I had started this book on my way up to Canada, but I really needed something lighter. I picked it up again today as my walking book since I finished At the Coffee Shop of Curiosities. The weather app said it felt like 97° outside because of the humidity, but it really didn‘t since there was a breeze. #audiowalk

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perfectlywinged
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The perfect adventure story to read in a tent.

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KathyWheeler
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It‘s a bit warm in South Carolina right now, but there was a lot of shade where I was walking. You could swim here when I was a kid; no longer. I started This Tender Land. So far I like it. #audiowalk

Bklover So sad about your lake. It looks beautiful! 7mo
TheSpineView Too bad. But not far from Lake Murray. 7mo
KathyWheeler @TheSpineView No, it‘s not. It‘s been a really long time since I‘ve been to Lake Murray. (edited) 7mo
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SilversReviews
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Thanks to these Litsy folks for today‘s prompt:

#MAYMONTAGE
@Eggs
@AlwaysBeenALoverOfBooks
@LitsyEvents
#LitsyEvents

Today‘s Prompt: AUTHOR HAS 3 NAMES

WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER

HISTORICAL FICTION

This book is an absorbing tale of love, loss, and endurance and will fill your heart with the warmth that comes with feeling needed, helpful, and wanted.

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/4ss96nkm

Eggs Beautifully written book 📚 10mo
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julieclair
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Wow. What great storytelling. A sad, but ultimately hopeful tale about the desperation of life during the Great Depression, the resilience of the human spirit, and the importance of found family. The story highlights that there are good people to be found even in the worst circumstances, but the descriptions of those circumstances definitely tug at your heartstrings. ⬇️
#Booked2023 #ReadTheUSA2023 #ReadYourTBR #NoBuyReadingChallenge

julieclair An excellent book club selection, with many topics to discuss, including the relatively unknown and tragic story of the Native American boarding schools. 13mo
Cinfhen Wonderful review/ so glad you enjoyed this book. It was really sad 😔 13mo
julieclair @Cinfhen Thank you. I‘m so interested to hear what my book club has to say when we meet on Thursday evening. 13mo
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Eggs
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LOVED. THIS.

An amazing odyssey of 4 orphans, beautifully written with rich characters. Especially loved the settings in Minnesota and along the Mississippi River in the early 1930s. Unputdownable ❤️❤️

Day 1 #JoyousJanuary Readathon @Andrew65
#Pantone2023 @Clwojick
#Bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Cinfhen Your color skills are 🙌🏻❣️♥️😍 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 13mo
Eggs Thank you Cindy 🙏🏻 @Cinfhen 13mo
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Eggs @TheAromaofBooks 🙏🏻🤗 13mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 13mo
Eggs Thanks 🙏🏻 😍 @Andrew65 13mo
Clwojick Perfect matches! Great job! 13mo
Eggs @Clwojick Thanks!! 13mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Here is my first #bookspin list of 2023! I read 19 books from my #bookspin lists in 2022 and am shooting for a “perfect score” this year. 😀

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 14mo
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KristiAhlers
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If y‘all are just looking for a read that will feel like a warm hug this is the book you‘ll want. There is just something so…nice about this story. The characters, the setting…all of it. Really glad I read this one on a friends recommendation. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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SanjanaGhosh
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This book was so wholesome!

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Soubhiville
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Pretty good depression era kid adventure. 4 orphans escape an abusive boarding school/ orphanage for mostly indigenous children to travel south towards the Mississippi River by canoe.

I appreciate that while religion is a theme, it‘s an open suggestion that (to me) seems to honor different beliefs or lack there of.

Could have done without Emmy‘s “spells” that seem maybe like seizures, I didn‘t think that added to the story.

Content Warnings.

ShelleyBooksie Enjoyed this o e as well. I love your cats 2y
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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so

Good, but I could do without the magical bits; I prefer more realistic. There are some surprises at the end. There is also a good author‘s note at the end discussing residential schools, the Great Depression and religious revival tours (the four “kids” come across one of these in their travels).

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Julsmarshall
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Exquisite! This is an epic coming of age story that being to mind the best of Dickens and Twain but with a more modern, accurate view of Indigenous, poor, and uneducated populations. Beautifully written, the prose sings in places and I loved every minute of the #audiobook . #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

AmyG I loved this too….so much. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
Nute I read this with my irl Bookclub. I had the same feelings as you. An amazing story. 2y
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Rissa1
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3.75 ⭐️
I enjoyed the story but found myself reading quickly to get through some of the length.

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Rissa1
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Finally going back to This Tender Land. Lucy Gray decided she wants to be my snuggle friend today. Also pictured is part of my latest thriftbook order. #bookmark #book haul #LucyGray

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LauraBrook
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Working on this one for Dewey‘s Readathon! Need to finish it by tomorrow afternoon so I can host a live book discussion online! I‘m 1/4 of the way through so far, and it‘s going well - I just need to buckle down and finish it.
This is the most casual I‘ve been about a Dewey‘s in years, and I‘m okay with that. My only goals are to finish 3 books/ read 500 pages. Anyone else participating? #deweys

BookBabe I didn‘t hear about it until you just posted this, so cool that you‘re doing it and the live discussion! This book sounds like a good read. #stacked! 2y
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Zbayardo
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What an epic voyage of a read! A literary fiction adventure read filled w/adventure, mystery, friendship, love, & forgiveness!
It‘s the 1930 and 4 children run away from the Lincoln School for Native American children. I was rooting for them to just make it to their destination & finally find the peace & love & HOME they are searching for.

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JMEdwards
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I really enjoyed this book. Life is such a hard scrabble isn't it? Just couldn't help but root for these kids as they struggled to survive. Having lived in Minnesota for several years, it was also interesting to trace some of its history and read about places I've been. This opened the door for me to do more research on the subject matter.

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Blueberry
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Set on the headwaters of the Mississippi #River #SavvySettings
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🌅 2y
Eggs Great author ✍🏻 2y
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BilboBookends
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“Of all that we're asked to give others in this life, the most difficult to offer may be forgiveness.”

BookBabe Wow, so true. 😮 2y
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jspoelker
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A wonderfully written story about a band of vagabond children bonded through escape from a quasi school/orphanage who travel a River. The 4 are bonded through loyalty, love, and painful experiences. The characters and writing transport and push the reader to suspend reality as we cheer on he children through adventures, complex emotions and even to break laws be free.

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ShelleyBooksie
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Could not put this one down. Loved this coming of age adventure story and is 4 main characters. This is one of those books that will stay with me.

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ShelleyBooksie
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Thanks for the tag @DebbieGrillo
1. Rarely - I prefer my first gen Kindle.
2. I have an old school Kindle and I've been considering an update for ages as I would like to have a light option.

What about you - @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego , @PurpleyPumpkin , @BeeMagical

@eggs

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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader
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I deeply enjoyed following the four vagabonds in their quest for home along the Gilead. Through their journey, we discover the Great Depression, and how people's lives were impacted, how people show resilience, help each other.
This summer odyssey was a great reading adventure. I loved Odie's stories along the pages. It's a great book about friendship, family, and about finding a place called home.

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Hooked_on_books
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Bailedbailed

Well, the first box I‘m checking off for #bookspinbingo in 2022 is a bail! 😂 Frankly, I‘m not surprised. It‘s me, not the book. Child protagonists/adventure stories don‘t appeal to me and I only had this one because it was a BOTM BOTY pick. So off the shelf it goes!

Leftcoastzen I‘m about to bail I think 2y
Megabooks Yeah I‘m down on kid narrators too. 2y
Reagan Love that mini house! 2y
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dgingo Tell me more about that Book Store! 2y
Hooked_on_books @Leftcoastzen I liked that one, but it‘s slow going and definitely not for everyone. It‘s always good to bail when it isn‘t working for you! 2y
Hooked_on_books @Reagan @dgingo Thanks! I made it from a kit. I found it on Amazon. They tend to only include directions in an Asian language (not sure which, Japanese or Chinese, but they‘ll email you the English ones if you ask! 😂 2y
Leftcoastzen I switched to another book for now. there are elements of that one I like , I‘m suspecting it‘s a mood thing.😁 2y
shanaqui @Hooked_on_books Thanks for talking more about the kit! It sounds fiddly and time-consuming and EXACTLY like something my wife would love to try. :D 2y
dgingo @Hooked_on_books That looks fabulous! Thank you for the information! Happy New Year! 🎆 2y
Hooked_on_books @shanaqui Fiddly and time consuming is exactly right! 😂 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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Bailedbailed

Well, the first box I‘m checking off for #bookspinbingo in 2022 is a bail! 😂 Frankly, I‘m not surprised. It‘s me, not the book. Child protagonists/adventure stories don‘t appeal to me and I only had this one because it was a BOTM BOTY pick. So off the shelf it goes!

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Another beautiful read from Krueger. The backdrop of the Indian boarding schools and the Great Depression are interwoven masterfully. Once again, there is a lot about God and pain and suffering, handled beautifully in my opinion. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

SilversReviews LOVED this book!! 2y
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MelKelsey
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Book 143

I listened to This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. In the afterword the author mentions he wrote this as a modern story like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which was funny because I made that comparison while listening. It's jam-packed with the unbelievable adventures of a 12 year-old boy who escapes a boarding school and travels the country with friends in the 1920s. It's well-done and sweet, though not my usual style. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

JanuarieTimewalker13 Loved this book! 2y
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Oryx
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Current read - it's giving similar vibes to a recent read, The Lincoln Highway, although set a bit earlier, in 1932 with a younger cast of character.

squirrelbrain I‘ve heard good things about this…. 2y
Mirazzles I love the bookmark! 2y
TrishB I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻 2y
Lcsmcat I loved this book! 2y
Aims42 Oooo I‘m intrigued!! I loved “The Lincoln Highway” and the summary sounds really good 🙌🏻 2y
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perfectsinner
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Need a good book after JCO and I've heard great things about this

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eloest
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Themes of land, tragedy, history, and beliefs about God. Well written and easy to get lost in.

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Tamra
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The universe must be instructing me to give Krueger another go. It was supposed to be a month wait when I placed the hold. 🤔

GingerAntics This was a good one. I quite enjoyed it. I hope you do, too. 2y
Tamra Me too - the premise & setting is promising! 2y
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MaggieCarr
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August Rush 📽️ × The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck) and/or The Four Winds (Hannah)

Took me a few chapters to pick up on the pacing but I'm both glad to have read it and equally haunted by yet another fictional childhood full of grief. I need to find a light read to balance out these heavy hitters.

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ClairesReads
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This Tender Land is an epic adventure story about four orphans searching for their own version of a home. It‘s not often I am so entertained by a literal journey narrative but this one had it all. Its peopled with well-timed bad guys, mishap, and misadventure, peopled wit central characters that are full of heart, and coloured with just enough engaging historical context to make it seem more than an unlikely romp. It was a thoroughly engaging read

Shae_Purcell Beverage of choice? It looks delicious and this photo is lovely. I didn't think I would be into this type of story but after reading the description I needed to add it to my ever-expanding list. Thanks for sharing! 3y
Lcsmcat Such a good book! 3y
ClairesReads @Shae_Purcell always coffee! I wasn‘t a hundred percent sure about this either, but my student raved so I gave it a whirl and I was pleasantly surprised 3y
ClairesReads @Lcsmcat it really is! I loved it 3y
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I just finished this book and can already tell that it is going to be one of my favorite reads of 2021. The story of four kids‘ journey through the Depression Era US mirrors the Odyssey and is no less epic. I already miss these characters now that I am done and know I will think of this book for a long while to come.

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theokiereader
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#MilLife Our last assignment was hard for my husband & I— so hard that I had TWO copies of “This Tender Land” and didn‘t notice until now. I keep my #botm in order on my bookshelf, so I don‘t know HOW that happened. 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ Now that we‘re in Japan, I can catch up on my BOTM TBR AND pass on this extra copy to another #milspouse. It‘s hard to get books here because they take so long to get in the mail! #APOwoes

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I‘ve wanted to read this since it came out. It‘s off to a great start!

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Kleblanc
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Beach reading ☀️

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Blueberry
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#TomHanks #MoviesinMay
@Klou

A companion read if you liked News of the World.

Klou Perfect! 3y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️A tale of four orphans. They have all sorts of adventures and learn about what family really means.