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Next up in #audio for my #morningcommute.

GypsyKat Loved this one! 1d
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This was a slow start for me but it‘s still a quick read with lots of laugh out loud moments. 3.5 ⭐️

Book 184/265 5/21/19

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The Gods of Gotham | Lindsay Faye
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A story of the beginnings of #NYC police department and a serial killer on the loose, 1830s.

3.5-4 ⭐️
#historicalfiction #audiobook

Book 183/265 5/21/19

MamaGina This is the first in a trilogy and the next two are excellent too! 🤓 2d
megnews @MamaGina I didn‘t realize it was a trilogy. I‘ll have to check out the next one. Thanks! 2d
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Minus poker, this is my lifestyle in my forties too! 😂

#lunchtimereading

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Mehso-so

This was repetitive and a repeat of the first. I don‘t necessarily mind it but I think you have to need the message at the time to read this “break up poetry.”

Book 182/265 5/20/19

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Paper Hearts | Meg Wiviott
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A novel told in verse based on the true story of several girls who banded together to survive Auschwitz. Beautiful writing. Extraordinary story.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Book 181/265 5/20/19
#yafiction

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The Road Home | Richard Paul Evans
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Richard Paul Evans writes another feel good story of redemption that makes you take stock as you join his characters on life‘s journey.
If you need a quick, feel good story I recommend you join this series for a journey along Route 66.

Book 180/265 5/19/19

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Difficult for me to review because I was able to find a path to faith from a similar experience & Craig was not. I think it does accurately depict fundamentalism & while I share similar beliefs, I‘ve also embraced room for questioning, critical thinking, & differences that I hope gives my kids freedom of choice (that God gives us) rather than forced belief. I felt sad for Craig at the end. Others who read this may have a different experience.

Crazeedi God expects us to question, to argue, to think and discover. Look at Moses and Jonah and all the other men and women of faith. We find our way to him by seeking and then understanding by the spirit. Sad to hear this author hasn't 4d
megnews @Crazeedi I agree! My strongest spiritual growth has been through struggles with God. I think in these cases it‘s disagreements with pastors or other authority figures who may not be big enough to handle it rather than God who is, that turns people off. I wish they could see past people to God. Sometimes we get in his way. 4d
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How High the Moon | Karyn Parsons
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Wonderful story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#MiddleGradeMay
#ReadingUSA2019 South Carolina

Book 178/265 5/18/19

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The Road Home | Richard Paul Evans
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Excited to start the final book in this trilogy. Getting back on Route 66 to finish this journey.

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My book club met tonight and chose this 2017 Pulitzer winner to discuss in 3 weeks. Most of us are or have been Public Housing managers, social workers, or administrators so we thought this an important read. I‘m definitely looking forward to a great discussion.

Tamra What a phenomenal one to discuss! 7d
Leftcoastzen Was a very impactful read for me. 7d
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Between a pick and a so so for me. If you‘re going through a bad break up, you might want to try this poetry collection.

Book 176/265 5/15/19

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Words with Wings | Nikki Grimes
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So good. A novel in verse, a daydreamer, a girl in love with words finding a way through her parents separation. Recommend.

Book 175/265 5/14/19
#middlegrademay

SaturnDoo I ❤ novels in verse!!! Another one going on the TBR 😁 1w
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Adam and Thomas | Aharon Appelfeld
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Translated from Hebrew, a fictional account of 2 boys‘ time hiding in the forest during WWII. The author himself hid in the forest during the Holocaust. A book of wonder and hope.

Book 174/265 5/14/19
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Peace, Locomotion | Jacqueline Woodson
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The follow up to Woodson‘s Locomotion, an #epistolarynovel of letters and more poems to his sister. Lonnie is a kid you‘ll fall in love with.

Book 173/265 5/13/19
#middlegrademay

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Locomotion | Jacqueline Woodson
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Jacqueline Woodson never disappoints.

Book 172/265 5/12/19
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Now | Morris Gleitzman
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As a standalone story of grownup Felix & his granddaughter this is fine. As what was planned to be the finale to a trilogy of a young Jewish boy in hiding during WWII this was wholly disappointing. No wonder it was followed up with After, Soon, and Maybe. Readers couldn‘t have been satisfied. You could skip this and go to After. The synopsis sounds like it picks up where Then left off. I can‘t wait to read it.
Book 171/265 5/12/19
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SaturnDoo I went to the library yesterday and picked up Once, the first one in the series. ☺ thanks for the tags 1w
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Spent the day at the Cleveland Botanical Garden with my kiddos and grandbaby. Happy Mother‘s Day Litsy!

tpixie 🌺🌺🌺 2w
Leftcoastzen Looks beautiful! 2w
Lauram I love visiting University Circle! I hope you had a good visit. 1w
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Night on Fire | Ronald Kidd
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Great #middlegrade fictional account of the Freedom Riders.

Book 170/265 5/12/19
#middlegrademay

SaturnDoo ❤❤❤ I have looked at this one and checked it out from library but never got it read. 2w
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Wedding planning fun and chaos in this #graphicmemoir. A good gift for the newly engaged.

Book 169/265 5/11/19

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Charlotte in New York | Joan MacPhail Knight
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1894. Young Charlotte visits #NewYork with her artist father, keeping a journal along the way. A quick read that introduces children to Impressionist paintings and many of the movement‘s artists. Looking forward to others in the series in which Charlotte visits London, Paris, and Giverny.

#middlegrademay

Book 168/265 5/11/19

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Night on Fire | Ronald Kidd
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Great start to this #middlegrade novel about The Freedom Riders.

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Finding Langston | Lesa Cline-Ransome
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Young Langston loses his mom and he & his dad move from Alabama to #Chicago in the #GreatMigration. Langston deals with bullies, finds a #library retreat where much of this book is set, and ultimately learns of his namesake Langston Hughes and the healing power of #poetry. I fell in love with this character and was rooting for him throughout.

I gave this #middlegrade novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Book 167/265 5/9/19

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Finding Langston | Lesa Cline-Ransome
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☝🏻From the Litsy description

A touching picture book of family history.

Book 166/265 5/8/19

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Lily's Crossing | Patricia Reilly Giff
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Two children forge a friendship as they each struggle with separation from family during #WWII. I always enjoy Patricia Reilly Giff‘s stories.

#middlegrademay

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Book 165/265 5/8/19

sblbooks I'm glad to see the good reviews since this is in my wish list on Overdrive. 2w
SaturnDoo I like this author and enjoyed this book also 😊 Is #middlegrademay a challenge? 2w
megnews @SaturnDoo @sblbooks was posting that she was doing her own #middlegrademay challenge and since I‘ve had several on my tbr for awhile I decided to join her. Feel free to join if you‘d like. 2w
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SaturnDoo @megnews thanks for the info and invite 😊. I have several that I'm reading this month and on my tbr, so I will join in 🤗❤🤗 😁 2w
megnews @SaturnDoo Glad to have you join us. Looking forward to seeing more reviews. 2w
sblbooks @SaturnDoo I found out about MiddlegradeMay by accident they had one last year on Litsy. I searched hashtag middle grade, that's where I found MiddlegradeMay with several posts. I missed that one, because I only joined in December. Glad you're joining us. 2w
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Letters to Leo | Amy Hest
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This was a bit young for #middlegrademay. I‘d say maybe second or third grade. But I liked this #epistolary novel regardless.

Book 164/165 5/7/19

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The Pushcart War | Jean Merrill
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This is the book that started my love for #NYC. Read in first or second grade. Begged my mom to take me for years after that.

tournevis General Anna is simply the best character in any book ever. And I only read the book as an adult. 2w
Leftcoastzen Stacked ! An early one for me loving NYC before I went there 2w
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Now | Morris Gleitzman
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Went to the library to get the tagged book, next in the series I‘ve been reading. Ended up with this #libraryhaul, most for #middlegrademay.

sblbooks Looks like you've got a good stack there. I haven't read any of these, but a couple are on my TBR. 2w
kspenmoll Always a haul when at the library even with the best of intentions!! 2w
SaturnDoo I read Blankets a a few years ago and I enjoyed it. If I remember correctly it's semi autobiographical and religion plays a central role in it. 2w
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Then | Morris Gleitzman
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An endearing main character. The power of stories to protect and remember. Can‘t wait to see what happens next. Already placed the next in the series on hold.

Highly recommend this #middlegrade series set during the #Holocaust.

#middlegrademay

Book 163/165 5/5/19

SaturnDoo I can already see my TBR growing 🤣 from you and @sblbooks 2w
megnews @SaturnDoo so many great #middlegrade books out there. 2w
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Once | Morris Gleitzman
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A #middlegrade novel of the #Holocaust, book burning, and the comfort of stories.

Can‘t wait for the next in the series. Already downloaded.

Book 162/165 5/4/19 #middlegrademay

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Monster: A Graphic Novel | Walter Dean Myers, Guy A. Sims
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I have not read the full length novel, but this #graphic adaptation was great.

#ya #yagraphicnovel

Book 161/165 5/4/19

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A Boy Called Dickens | Deborah Hopkinson
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With beautiful writing and illustrations, this short picture book is a lovely introduction to Dickens for young children, sharing the inspiration for his novels.

Book 160/165 5/4/19

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Feathers | Jacqueline Woodson
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A quiet story about hope, this was between a pick and so-so for me. Written about a decade before Woodson‘s Brown Girl Dreaming and Another Brooklyn, you can definitely see how her writing has evolved.

Book 159/160 5/3/19 #middlegrademay

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Late Child and Other Animals | Marguerite Van Cook, James Romberger
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Mehso-so

I found this very disjointed. Just a so-so for me.

Book 158/165 5/3/19

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The Gods of Gotham | Lyndsay Faye
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Book 157/165 5/2/19

#MiddleGradeMay #AmericanRevolution #historicalfiction

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This is my new favorite book.

Tamra Isn‘t it wonderful?! 3w
megnews @tamra so beautiful! 3w
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Underwire | Jennifer Hayden
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My second Jennifer Hayden in a week or so. I really like her storytelling and art. This is a collection of simple short stories from her life, covering parenting, marriage, friendships and crazy dreams.

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Underwire | Jennifer Hayden
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Totally me shopping with my girls. 😂

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The Length of a String | Elissa Brent Weissman
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There was a lot going on in this book. Adopted black daughter of Jewish parents preparing for her Bat Mitzvah finds her recently-deceased great-grandmother‘s diary and begins a search for what happened to her family during the Holocaust while simultaneously trying to find a way to tell her mom she wants to search for her biological parents. The alternating present day and historical storylines was right up my alley.

#MiddleGradeMay

whatshesreadingnow Love that cover! :) 3w
megnews @whatshesreadingnow that‘s what made me check it out! 3w
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The Length of a String | Elissa Brent Weissman
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I want to join you for #MiddleGradeMay. My first two books shown.

sblbooks Oh Good! I haven't heard of these two. The textbook sounds interesting I added it to my TBR. I look forward to seeing what else you read. 3w
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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal | Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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7 5⭐️ reads this month!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Good work!! 📖💖 3w
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A Velocity of Being: Letter to a Young Reader | Maria Popova, Claudia Bedrick
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I read a lot of #graphic stories this month. 29.
7 poetry.
45 total.

#AprilWrapUp #SpringIntoReading

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻👏🏻 3w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Well done 📖💖 3w
Megabooks Wow!!! 🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉 3w
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I added Florida and Vermont to my #ReadingUSA2019 in April.

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This was a really quick, #middlegrade #graphichistory. Knowing nothing about the dust bowl I found it very interesting.

Book 154/165 4/29/19

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Met my monthly reading goal by the skin of my teeth.

BridgetteM Congrats! 🎈🎉🎊 3w
whatshesreadingnow Congratulations! 🎉 3w
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French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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I do enjoy Lucy Knisley‘s #graphic #travelmemoirs.

Book 153/165 4/29/19