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It Started With Goodbye by Christina June
It Started With Goodbye
by Christina June (Goodreads Author)
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Teenage snarky without swearing; romance without sex; realistically flawed but good characters. And rather predictable - which is exactly as it should be for a modern day Cinderella story. Fun summer escapism.
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Wren by Alice Longaker
Wren
by Alice Longaker (Goodreads Author)
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Wren's summer is not going as planned. Her mom has stage 4 breast cancer and so rather than the lead in a musical, she's spending summer in the Ozarks on a farm with her grandparents.

While not written as poetry, Wren's journal entries remind me of t
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Open Mic by Mitali Perkins
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As with many anthologies, some of these are wonderful, some fell a bit short. Together they do present many different pictures of life as a third culture kid.
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Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Counting by 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Goodreads Author)
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I love Willow Chance. I grieved at the death of her parents and cheered as her rag-tag group of friends and acquaintances pulls together to provide her a new home. Sad, yet hopeful, and wonderfully diverse without feeling forced.
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Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
Year of Wonders
by Geraldine Brooks (Goodreads Author)
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Not my favorite of Brooks' novels. The writing is excellent as always, but I was disappointed in some of the characters.
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Blood Brothers by Elias Chacour
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A book to help make sense of a complicated part of the world. Chacour, a Palestinian Christian whose family was displaced by the founding of Israel, shares how he works for peace and justice, honoring both the Jewish and the Palestinian narratives of ...more
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The Vicar's Daughter by Josi S. Kilpack
The Vicar's Daughter
by Josi S. Kilpack (Goodreads Author)
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There is something comforting in predictability. From the beginning, when Cassie, the youngest of Vicar Wilton's daughters, reaches out to the eligible Evan Glenside in her sister Lenora's name, the reader knows eventually she and Evan will end up to ...more
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The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
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Kostova obviously loves Bulgaria. The Shadow Land invites the reader to travel through this beautiful country with a deeply troubled communist past, a past which is key to a present day mystery. While not as surprisingly compelling and unique as Kost ...more
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Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan
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This is a tender story of a young Chinese girl, Sunflower, who is taken in by a poor rural family after her artist father dies. While the Cultural Revolution sets the stage for the story, the historical setting is only alluded to and never overwhelms ...more
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The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gidwitz
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