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Jolynne
Aue | Becky Manawatu
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Pickpick

Heart wrenching but hopeful tale of two Maori brothers and their family.
#alltimefave

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Zoes_Human
Aue | Becky Manawatu
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Bailedbailed

This is a very subjective DNF, but I simply do not like the writing style. It's overly detailed for my taste and it took me an entire day to slog through 26 pages. I just kept feeling bored.

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CarolynM
Apple: (Skin to the Core) | Eric Gansworth
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Danielle, your parcel arrived! I love the recipes - I‘ve always wondered exactly what a “pot roast” is, now I can cook one myself😀 and the noodle salad sounds yum😋 The book is beautiful and I‘m delighted with all the lovely extras you included. Thank you so much for all of it and for being such a generous swap partner.😘
#recipeswap

Lindy I listened to Gansworth read his memoir and then went to a website to see his artwork; it‘s better to have it in hard copy, I think, even though I really liked the audiobook. Hope you enjoy the book. 4mo
Ddzmini There is another package on the way I‘m so happy you received the first one … enjoy the recipes I‘ll let you know when I get a chance to make your biscuits, soup, and cake 4mo
CarolynM @Lindy There are a lot of illustrations. I don‘t think I‘d get their significance if I had to look them up after reading. The book looks fascinating, I‘m looking forward to getting in to it. 4mo
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CarolynM @Ddzmini I‘ll let you know when the other one arrives 🙂 4mo
Ddzmini Thank you 😊 I‘m still watching it on this side as well 4mo
Centique Pot roast was my go to recipe when I was a uni student and had an electric frypan in my flat. I never seem to do it as well these days on the gas hob. Let me know if you make it and the recipe works well! ☺️ 4mo
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annariebe
Somewhere in the Darkness | Walter Dean Myers
Mehso-so

It was alright, the whole book took place in a short amount of time, so there was a lot of detail, but it wasn't very interesting.

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Lindy
Apple: (Skin to the Core) | Eric Gansworth
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Pickpick

Winner of the American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best YA Book. A moving memoir in verse format about growing up in poverty on a Haudenosaunee reservation. His mother was Onondaga, his mostly absent father was Tuscarora. The effects of systemic racism are clear. Popular culture—Batman, Star Wars, the Beatles & other music—shape Gansworth‘s coming of age as an artistic gay man. Excellent audiobook, read by the author. #Indigenous #LGBTQ

Lindy Note: the audiobook doesn‘t have the paintings and photos that are in the print edition, but you can go to Eric Gansworth‘s website to see them. 7mo
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Lindy
Apple: (Skin to the Core) | Eric Gansworth
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Before I was born, Haudenosaunee communities grew tired of anthropologists and ethnographers. They told us they were helping us preserve our cultures, but we said we were just fine.
Two opposite statements.
Could they both be true?

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Lindy
Apple: (Skin to the Core) | Eric Gansworth
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I am maybe just one more grandchild she can‘t quite place, in the onslaught of young Indians in her family line, reproducing, delivering new generations of feet to cross that bridge on Treaty Day, confirming that the chain of DNA, however it resequences itself in variation, that we are still here, still standing, still walking, one resilient step at a time.

Lindy Image is detail from the illustrations in: 7mo
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Johanna414
I, Claudia | Mary McCoy
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Pickpick

It really is a shame this book has such a terrible cover, because it was actually quite excellent. I don't think I would have given it a second glance if it hadn't made the Michael Printz list but I'm so glad I picked it up!

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Centique
Aue | Becky Manawatu
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Pickpick

Whoa. That was brutal. This debut novel is full of heart and terrific characters but it is not for the faint hearted.
Arama and Taukiri have lost their parents. Taukiri drops his little brother to live at their aunties and disappears. We then follow Ari and Tauk‘s journeys - and also jump back to the past to Toko and Jade whose stories will eventually converge with the young boys. This is a story of gang violence and domestic violence and ⬇️

Centique The difficulties of escaping. It‘s written in a simple language suited to the young protagonists but carries an emotional impact far weightier than that. Both a propulsive read and a thought provoking one - Manawatu peers with bright eyes into dark places and shows us the unravelling of some very violent minds. 11mo
Cinfhen What a gorgeous review and photo 11mo
TrishB Fab review 👍🏻 11mo
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Cathythoughts Great review ! Sounds really good 11mo
Centique @Cinfhen thank you lovely 😘 and lovely @TrishB 11mo
Centique @Cathythoughts I think you might like this one Cathy - heart breaking though 💕 11mo
squirrelbrain Great review - sounds like a great read, if tough. 11mo
CarolynM Great review, as always. How are things where you are? 11mo
Centique @CarolynM well in the weirdness of the world, we‘ve got more Covid than we‘ve ever had before but we‘re beginning to relax restrictions a bit 🤷🏻‍♀️ Auckland‘s doing pretty well with vaccinations so we‘re hoping to get retail open next week. The real worry is some of the communities with low vax rates - so crossing all the fingers etc that the outreaches will make a difference. But in ourselves we‘re doing ok. How are you going? 11mo
Centique @squirrelbrain thank you Helen 😘 Hope you are well in your corner of the world 11mo
CarolynM It's been nice to be a bit social again, but I'm still feeling apprehensive about being around too many people! 11mo
squirrelbrain All good here thanks for asking Paula! Although, pretty similar to you; more COVID cases than there‘s *ever* been but hardly any restrictions now…. 🤷‍♀️ 11mo
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mklong
A Wish in the Dark | Christina Soontornvat
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Eek! A new bookshop just opened in my neighborhood! Pretty proud of my restraint to keep to three.

I‘m especially excited about the tagged book. My 12 year old niece decided that we would start the “Claire and Katie Book Club,” and it‘s the first selection for this very exclusive club 😊

vivastory Great selections! Love the Penguin Deluxe. Enjoy your book club! 1y
Leftcoastzen Nice! 1y
janeycanuck Well, it would have been rude to clear their shelves so soon after opening. You‘ll just have to go back. Again. And again. And again. 1y
mklong @janeycanuck You are clearly a kindred spirit! 1y
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