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Onceuponatime

Onceuponatime

Joined May 2016

Former teacher, current question editor for the Oregon Battle of the Books tournament. Mom of teenagers. “Fight evil; read books.”
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@BarkingMadRun Thank you so much for the recycled bookmarks! ❤️ such a great idea, I love them! #summerbookmarkswap

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Tammy, I LOVE the bookmarks! Thank you so much, these are perfect and the colors are fantastic! Thanks to @cwarnier for connecting us in the #summerbookmarkswap exchange! ❤️❤️❤️

Butterfinger You are welcome! I enjoyed making them. 5mo
cwarnier I love the butterfly 5mo
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@BarkingMadRun and @Butterfinger (Kim and Tammy), your bookmarks are on their way! Just before the deadline, whew! 😅 #summerbookmarkswap

Butterfinger Thank you. I can't wait!! 5mo
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It | Stephen King
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I made this bookshelf insert out of LEGO to go in our Stephen King collection 🤡 #bookshelfinsert #booknook #lego

reading_rainbow That is so cool! 🎈 6mo
tessavi Awesome! 6mo
FantasyChick That is awesome!!!! 6mo
magyklyXdelish ✨ P E R F E C T ✨ 6mo
Bookzombie So cool!! 6mo
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A fun little book about the joy of LEGO building! It has lots of example of little ways you can create things out of LEGO to relax, play, connect with others and bring out your inner child ❤️

Chrissyreadit @Nan2 this looks like fun! And I just learned there‘s a Lego building tv show !?!? 6mo
Onceuponatime Yes, definitely check it out…they build some AMAZING things! 6mo
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Looking forward to learning more about my favorite hobby! #lego

CrowCAH Have you been watching LEGO Masters on Fox? 6mo
Onceuponatime @CrowCAH Oh yes, we don‘t miss it! 6mo
CrowCAH @Onceuponatime nice! I‘ve been able to catch a couple episodes. The talent and creativity is out of this world! 6mo
Onceuponatime @CrowCAH I‘m actually thinking of applying for the show next year, if I can find a partner 😱 It looks so fun and challenging 6mo
CrowCAH @Onceuponatime oh wow, that would be sooo cool! Good luck, if you do. 6mo
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Stars Beneath Our Feet | David Barclay Moore
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I want to like this book, but I am having a hard time getting past the odd LEGO lingo! As a serious LEGO hobbyist, I‘ve never heard anyone call the sets “kits” or the instructions “blueprints.” 😂

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Closer to Nowhere | Ellen Hopkins
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Love this novel in verse about a middle schooler learning to heal after growing up with an abusive father. 💔Deals with a lot of difficult issues in an age-appropriate way...heartbreaking but hopeful. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Eggs Loved this too💕 10mo
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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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Wanted to read this before watching the Netflix series...I enjoyed it, even the WTF ending. Although I didn‘t know specifically what was coming, I was ready for some kind of craziness and I was able to enjoy it. Overall an engaging read that distracted me from life. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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We Dream of Space | Erin Entrada Kelly
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I‘ve seen a lot of so-so ratings for this book, and I understand why. Three siblings are going through some significant emotional struggles at home and school. Throughout the whole book my heart goes out to them, and I just want things to turn around for each of them. Readers get a glimmer of hope toward the end, but it‘s not quite enough. The ending needs to resolve more of the family‘s issues and be a bit more encouraging. Powerful story though.

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Beautiful Lego | Mike Doyle
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Besides reading, one of my favorite hobbies is building my own creations with LEGO bricks. I made this mosaic/ sculpture piece for an art contest, and I‘m super proud to have it selected as a winner. Right now, it‘s en route to Denmark to go on display at LEGO headquarters! ❤️😱🤗😍😮😅 #lego #legoart #legomoc #legobuilding #art #artoflego

BookishTrish Congratulations- it‘s gorgeous! 11mo
eanderson That‘s so awesome!!! LEGO is the best! (edited) 11mo
CBee Oh my gosh this is beautiful!!! I‘m so impressed and in awe 😍😍😍 11mo
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TheKidUpstairs That is fabulous!!!!! 11mo
Kdgordon88 Beautiful! 11mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom Stunning!! 11mo
Jess Amazing! Congrats. 11mo
OrangeMooseReads That is amazing! Also congratulations! 11mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile Absolutely Brilliant and Beautiful! Congratulations 11mo
nanuska_153 😱😍 that looks amazing! Congratulations! 11mo
Jas16 That is awesome! Congratulations! 11mo
Meaw_catlady Omg!! Wow !! Stunning ! Congratulations!!! That‘s amazing 🤗 (edited) 11mo
BookwormM Congratulations 🎉🎉 11mo
Megabooks Congratulations!! It‘s gorgeous!! 11mo
wordslinger42 That's incredible!! Congratulations 🥳🥳🥳 11mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick That's amazing! A great color palette. Congratulations! 11mo
Cupcake12 That is fabulous! Xx 11mo
mrp27 Amazing, congrats!! 11mo
mabell Wow!! How cool! Congratulations! 11mo
CoffeeK8 That‘s amazing! 11mo
readordierachel Wow, that's awesome! 11mo
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The Canyon's Edge | Dusti Bowling
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Reading Dusti Bowling‘s new novel in verse on this super cold, rainy day. I am loving this story of a girl and her Dad separated and struggling for survival in the desert. Emotional and engaging...and I am especially interested to read the author‘s note at the end where she reveals the inspiration for the story. 💔 ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Eggs I loved it too 11mo
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Fighting Words | Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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Littens. This books is So. Powerful. A heartbreaking and empowering and hopeful story of two young sisters who are sexual abuse survivors. The author states that it happened to her, and her writing is so authentic. I love that the characters process what happened to them in their therapy sessions, and they give readers practical language to use regarding consent. So many stars for this book. ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Downstairs Girl | Stacey Lee
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I was so on track for my reading goals this year...and then I fell in a slump.😞 I had a hard time getting motivated to read and when I did pick up a book I just couldn‘t focus on it. Definitely feeling stress from the events of this year (Covid, Portland riots, Oregon wildfires & evacuations, recent major surgery). Giving it another go with this book by Stacey Lee, whose books I have enjoyed before. Would love to get back to reading again!

ChasingOm That‘s a lot to have going on! Have you tried audiobooks or graphic novels? Sometimes the change in medium helps me when I‘m in a slump. 1y
Sace The slumps are so understandable this year! Hope this one helps you recuperate a little of the reading magic! 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Sorry that this year is especially rough on you. I read this book last month and really enjoyed it. I hope it helps you best your slump. 1y
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Christina! They came! 😂 I actually forgot about them so this was a nice surprise today. Seems they just needed more postage...it is quite a haul. 😉Thank you so much for these wonderful bookmarks and for organizing the swap! #summerbookmarkswap

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love!!!❤️ 1y
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Thank You | Amelia Riedler
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Deb, these are SO amazing! I am super impressed with your crafting skill, and I just love the bookmarks you made especially for me. ❤️ And I think it‘s so funny that I picked out the same bookmark for you as you did for me (different graphic, but same designer)! 😂 These are all wonderful, thank you so much for swapping with me! —Elia 🤗 #summerbookmarkswap

DebinHawaii You are welcome! They got there faster than I thought & I‘m glad you like them. I had the most fun putting your package together! 🤗 1y
aperfectmjk Wow! These are beautiful! I'm super bummed I didn't join Litsy in time to participate in this wonderful swap. I'll have to keep my eye out for the next one! 1y
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Oh wow, Jane, these are brilliant! What a wonderful collection to add to my bookmark stash...I just love all of them! Especially the Back to the Future with a piece of actual film 😍 and the designs by British Book Art. Thank you thank you thank you! 🤗 📚#summerbookmarkswap

allureofbeauty I love those hunger games ones a lot 1y
JaneyWaneyB So glad you like them & they arrived safely 📚🥰📖 1y
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Christina, I love the bookmarks! Thank you for organizing this and for including so many! I just love the sea turtle and the adorable desserts, but I will definitely be using them all! 💕 —Elia #summerbookmarkswap

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Saying Thank You | Monisha Vasa
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Andrea, thank you for these awesome bookmarks! My favorites are the ghost and the 8-bit ones. I love them! 😍 —Elia #summerbookmarkswap

allureofbeauty Elia I‘m so glad you liked them 🖤🖤🖤 2y
Addison_Reads I have the 8-bit princess one too. It's one of my favorites. 2y
Jess I love that ghost bookmark! 2y
Clwojick The ghost! ♥️ 2y
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Thank You | Amelia Riedler
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Thank you so much @Kdgordon88 ! The book marks are gorgeous and so perfect! I ❤️ every single one! #summerbookmarkswap

Kdgordon88 You are most welcome! 2y
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No Mistakes | Keiko Agena
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What if there were no mistakes? OK, not possible. But what if we could view our mistakes in a new light? #firstlinefridays

Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira Thanks for the highlight, 📚add 🙂 2y
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Working on a project that doubles for the #summerfun challenge and the summerbookmarkswap ! Bookmarks with the Cricut. #getcrafty

DebinHawaii So pretty! 💙💜 2y
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DebinHawaii So fun! 🎉🤗 2y
Kdgordon88 Yay! 2y
allureofbeauty Yayyyyyy 🖤 2y
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Love, love, love this book! Told through the lens of a high school boy who travels to Iran to visit relatives, this is a story of self-discovery, the importance of friendship, and what it means to be family. ❤️ The author does a fantastic job of helping readers understand depression as well as Iranian culture. Highly recommend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #oregonbattleofthebooks

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My daughter and I are in a LEGO camp this week with Boone from the LEGO Masters TV show...today‘s challenge was to create a build that represents who you are. So of course we chose a book! Seemed pretty do-able but it turned out to be harder than we thought 😂 Got a lot of learning to do about creating LEGO builds that don‘t come with instructions, haha!

BookwormAHN Cool 🖤 2y
Clwojick Love this! 🎈 2y
BarkingMadRun Ahhhhh I love Boone! How fun! 2y
mrp27 So cool! 2y
Onceuponatime @BarkingMadRun We loved team Mark and Boone! We thought they got robbed. 2y
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Blood Water Paint | Joy McCullough
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Matching my outfit to my book like 👀
#oregonbattleofthebooks

AmyG Great photo! 2y
Caryl I just bought this one! I love how it matches your fabric. 2y
Becker I really loved this book ❤️ Great photo too. (edited) 2y
Onceuponatime @Becker I just finished this and O.M.G. So powerful! Hard to read and so emotional but I loved it too. 2y
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I could seriously eat a burger for every meal, every day. Grass fed, lettuce wrapped, topped with homemade mayonnaise, pastured bacon, and a fried duck egg. 🍔

Oddly, I don‘t love either. Fireworks are too loud and holding a sparkler scares me 🙊😂🤦🏼‍♀️

Homemade ice cream 🍨

Thanks for the tag, @RamsFan1963 @MoonWitch94 #thoughtfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Sounds yummy! Thanks for playing ☺️🎇⭐️ 2y
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Hound of the Baskervilles | Arthur Conan Doyle
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Never read. About to start! 🕵️‍♂️

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Dr. Watson‘s time to shine! 2y
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I love when authors make a point to include gender-neutral bathrooms in their stories!

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Braver: A Wombat's Tale | Suzanne Selfors, Walker Ranson
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A cute, adventurous animal story for middle grade...fans of Warriors and Endling series will enjoy! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

robinb Such a sweet cover! 💙 2y
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Braver: A Wombat's Tale | Suzanne Selfors, Walker Ranson
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Enjoying this adventure story with an adorable protagonist! I keep pausing to Google things like fairy penguins, swamp water rat, and wombat droppings. 😂 I‘m learning all kinds of things about Australian wildlife! Also, how cute is this cover? 😍
#summerfun bingo
@4thhouseontheleft
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Published in summer 2020

StayCurious This is adorable! 2y
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Mehso-so

This took me a lot longer to read than it should have...I just couldn‘t get into it. A story of a middle school boy growing up in poverty on an Indian reservation in the 1970s. I was excited to read this at first, but I think it had too many unnecessary conversations, minor plot lines, etc. and could have used some more editing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #oregonbattleofthebooks

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An enjoyable read on the patio on this HOT afternoon...a super cute story! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#summerfun “read visually” prompt
@StayCurious @4thhouseontheleft

LiteraryinLawrence I liked this one as well as her other one 2y
4thhouseontheleft I read this recently and really liked it, my daughter loves it! 2y
StayCurious looks super cute! 2y
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No space left to rest my book. #toomanyanimals #guineapigsoflitsy #dogsoflitsy

Crazeedi What a great position to be in!! 🥰🥰 2y
Bklover Omg they are adorable! 2y
magyklyXdelish Omg there is so much cuteness I can‘t even handle it 😱😱😱 2y
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Reecaspieces Awe...❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Mynameisacolour Awww! Cuties! I have 3 piggies myself. 2y
Onceuponatime @Mynameisacolour Ooh you have a herd! ❤️ I‘d love to see a picture of them sometime. 🐹 2y
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Squint | Chad Morris, Shelly Brown
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Finished this while my son is in surgery and I have to wait in the car! 😭 It is a great story about a middle school boy in need of a cornea transplant. Also about love and friendship and being brave and so much more. ❤️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Now just nervously waiting for my own boy to be awake again. 😬 #oregonbattleofthebooks

Sace I hope all goes well and he has a swift recovery! 2y
BookDragonNotWorm Sending healing thoughts his way. Hope all went well. 2y
Onceuponatime @Sace @BookDragonNotWorm Thank you! ❤️ The surgery went well and he is home doing great. As a mom, I was just nervous about him going under general anesthesia, but all went well! 😅 2y
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BookDragonNotWorm I'm so happy to hear that! 😃 2y
Sace Oh I'm so happy to hear that he is home! 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I hope he has a speedy recovery! 2y
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StayCurious Hey this counts as reading outside - which is a square for #summerfun bingo - 1 entry for the prize! 2y
Onceuponatime Oh yay! I forgot about that one 😆 2y
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The Salt & Straw Ice Cream Cookbook | Tyler Malek, J. J. Goode
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Book with ice cream on the cover! My entry for the #summerfun bingo card is to make homemade Salt & Straw ice cream.....wayyyyy to good! 😋
@StayCurious
@4thhouseontheleft

4thhouseontheleft that sounds so good! 2y
StayCurious oh wow! Yum! 2y
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Amal Unbound | Aisha Saeed
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This middle grade story, though fictional, was inspired by Malala Yousafzai and other girls who take a stand against inequality. Simple enough for young readers, it brings awareness to the oppression of girls and women in Pakistan. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #oregonbattleofthebooks

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Wolf Hollow | Lauren Wolk
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My husband got this picture of me reading on the beach...Oregon beaches are cold! 😂 My #beachselfie for the #summerfun challenge. #summerfunbucketlist @4thhouseontheleft @StayCurious

Cortg I‘m at the beach in NC and it‘s cold here, too! 2y
StayCurious Perfect pic for this challenge! 2y
4thhouseontheleft 😆 😆 I've spent some time reading on freezing beaches, too. @Cortg it is cool in NC today! I'm grateful for it, but then, I'm inland and not at the beach. 😆 2y
Cortg @4thhouseontheleft We‘ve been doing this beach trip for 20+ years and this is the worst whether yet! Doesn‘t leave much reading time but lots of family game time! 2y
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Totally me 😂

BookDragonNotWorm Me too! 🤭 2y
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Mark of the Thief | Jennifer A. Nielsen
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“In Rome, nothing mattered more than the gods, and nothing mattered less than its slaves.” #firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl
#oregonbattleofthebooks

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Ghost Boys | Jewell Parker Rhodes
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Told from the perspective of a 12-year-old black boy who was shot and killed by a white police officer, this book is so relevant and well-written for middle school readers. #blacklivesmatter ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #oregonbattleofthebooks

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Ghost Boys | Jewell Parker Rhodes
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“Stereotyoes about black boys don‘t make the world better.”
#blacklivesmatter #oregonbattleofthebooks

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Star Wars: Death Star | Michael Reaves, Steve Perry
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glitterkitty459 Wow! 😍 2y
BookwormAHN Fantastic 💙 2y
Bookzombie That‘s awesome!!! 2y
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Mercy Watson to the Rescue | Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen
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#wonderouswednesday @Eggs
1. My favorite children‘s author is Kate DiCamillo
2. Summer reading is moving right along...meeting my goals!
3. My most recent book purchase is The Ask and the Answer...book #2 in Patrick Ness‘s Chaos Walking trilogy.
Thanks for the tag, @RamsFan1963

Eggs #1 agree—love DiCamillo! Thanks for playing 🥰📚👏🏻 2y
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This book of graphic short stories is weird and funny and clever. The scenes in each panel are sculpted out of clay instead of drawn with ink. Pretty creative! OK for kids, although young kids would not understand the humor or enjoy the stories as much as older kids or teens. Even then...It‘s a bit “out there” 😆

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A story about children who were taken from their parents and sold to wealthy families....hard to read at times, but powerful and heart-wrenching! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A fantastic start to this trilogy! Manchee might just be my favorite character ever. ❤️🐶
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #oregonbattleofthebooks

ScrappyMags Looks good - would you say it‘s gritty or more cozy in the mystery department? 2y
Onceuponatime @ScrappyMags It‘s a bit gritty...still YA, but there is some violence. It‘s not really a mystery, but more of a dystopian. Very emotional, though...the story just flew by! (edited) 2y
Andrew65 Love this trilogy. 2y
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Onceuponatime @Andrew65 I can‘t believe I haven‘t read it yet! Really looking forward to the next two. 2y
Andrew65 @Onceuponatime Definitely maintains the standard. I read it two years ago but still stays with me. 2y
ItsAnotherJen Loved this trilogy too! 2y
TheLudicReader Manchee❤️ 2y
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A beautiful picture book that tells the story of Aesop‘s upbringing as a slave and how the stories he made up earned him his freedom. Wonderful illustrations, and Includes several of his more famous fables. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I love how the author shows readers what it‘s like for Todd to live with the Noise—hearing the thoughts and feelings of everyone every minute of every day and night. Yikes.