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Daisey
Squint | Chad Morris, Shelly Brown
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My last completed book of the year! This middle grade novel includes comics, dealing with enemies that used to be friends, medical issues as a kid, losing family members, absent parents, and new friendships. I enjoyed it, but it just felt like too much forcing of the authors‘ lessons on me as a reader.

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Daisey
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This is a great story of family and friendship, with a fantastic dynamic between Marcus, his brother Charlie, and their mother. The description of the travel and culture in Puerto Rico was wonderful.

Just a note, there‘s a fair amount of Spanish and a little bit of German on a few pages.

#middlegrade #TRS2019 #MsDsLibrary

Daisey I never used to take the time to match my bookmark to my book, but now I often do and these seemed a pretty good pair. Thanks, @Faibka! 3w
jewright Quiero leer este libro. 2w
Daisey @jewright I was planning to recommend you take a look. 2w
Faibka @Daisey that‘s a great match! 😃 interesting book, I‘ll have to check it out 2w
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Daisey
Fire and Heist | Sarah Beth Durst
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Mehso-so

This book has a fun premise, shape shifting dragons called wyverns from another world were exiled to Earth long ago and now live among humans hoarding gold. Sky‘s family is in turmoil after her mother disappeared during a heist gone wrong, and she is determined to learn the truth and redeem her family name. Yet, the world building lacked depth and I wanted more complexity in the plot and character relationships.

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Daisey I classified this book as YA, but the writing style, family dynamic, and romance make me think it is intended for the crossover between #middlegrade and YA. I wonder if this might be the reasoning for what I consider lack of complexity. It is a fun read, and I think younger readers who have not read as much classic fantasy may appreciate it more than I did. 3w
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Daisey
Nightbooks | J. A. White
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I finished this listening to this book, including a scene with monster unicorns chasing the characters along a forest path, during my afternoon walk. The story is a modern Hansel & Gretel retelling with aspects of Arabian Nights as Alex tells creepy stories to keep himself safe. There are magical plants, an amazing library, great characters, a wonderful friendship, and a positive message of being true to yourself.

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Kenyazero Great picture! What a fun accompaniment to a walk! 3w
JazzFeathers It sounds good. 3w
Daisey @Kenyazero Thanks! It seemed a good match between the actual scenery of my walk and the events of the story. 3w
Daisey @JazzFeathers Sometimes retellings are tough for me, but I really enjoyed this story. It combined various aspects in a way that I thought worked very well together. 3w
Kenyazero @Daisey that's magical! 3w
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Daisey
The Colors of the Rain | R. L. Toalson
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Mehso-so

This #NovelInVerse is set in 1972 as schools in Houston are integrating, but that is mainly background to the personal trauma of a family dealing with the death of one of their own. It touches on many tough topics, but in the end, I felt it tried to do too much. I had to reread carefully to figure out certain details with some historical background, and I‘m not sure most #middlegrade readers would catch and understand all of them.

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Daisey
Lifeboat 12 | Susan Hood
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This is the second book in a row I‘ve read about children leaving (or attempting to leave) Europe in the wake of WWII. This historical fiction is based on the stories of survivors of a ship carrying English children that was sunk by a German U-Boat. It is written in verse and clearly conveys the experiences of one of those boys while on a lifeboat in the Atlantic. At the end there‘s also a section of photos.

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Daisey
The Length of a String | Elissa Brent Weissman
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This book weaves together the story of Imani, an African American girl adopted by a Jewish family, with her great grandmother Anna‘s story of leaving Luxembourg to live with a couple in New York City in 1941. I enjoyed the way the diary made the past real to Imani and also helped her better understand her own adoption. It is a wonderful combination of historical fiction and the reality of family as more than genetics.

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Daisey
I Am Still Alive | Kate Marshall
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This is a great survival story. It‘s dark and grim, including murder, but it‘s also a story about a tough teenage girl who refuses to give up when she ends up alone in the Canadian wilderness. There‘s also a revenge subplot, but the main emphasis was the survival story.

#YA #TRS2019

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Daisey
The Agony House | Cherie Priest
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This was a fun read with some solid positive messages. The story combines a family‘s struggle to return to a life in New Orleans with the story of the author of an unpublished comic from the 1950s. There‘s also a great ghost story. It‘s told in chapters interspersed with a few pages of comic panels. I thoroughly enjoyed how all the pieces were woven together.

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Daisey @Sace I finished it up this evening and really enjoyed it. Thought you might like to see an example of the art as well. 1mo
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Daisey
The Darkdeep | Ally Condie, Brendan Reichs
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Mehso-so

I finished this book with a hot mug of cocoa on this dreary afternoon. The story had an interesting premise, but it just didn‘t wow me.

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