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The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma
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Dec 23, 11

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bookshelves: library, nonfiction, reading, memoir
Read from December 16 to 18, 2011

As others have noted, the title is misleading; Alice never really discusses the books she shared with her father on their multiyear reading streak. Instead, she focuses on particular events during her coming-of-age, painting a portrait of a single father raising two daughters (although one is mostly out of the picture) after his marriage ends. Alice's childhood is not idyllic, as several events show, and to be honest, I found nothing charming about her father. There was potential here, but it is overshadowed by weak writing, particularly when it comes to dialogue. I am a firm believer in reading aloud to children of all ages -- my high school students enjoyed being read to -- and I'm also a firm supporter of libraries, but those two messages don't save this memoir.

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