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The Jump by Doug Johnstone
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This book was difficult to read, in he sense that emotions on display in the characters are raw, and the actions are erratic because of the trauma in their lives. Another reviewer said this was uplifting, but I really didn't find anything uplifting a ...more
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Help for the Haunted by John Searles
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I thought this book would be scarier than it was... I kept waiting for the ghosts to pop out, but it turns out it's more of a mystery than that. It took me about a week to read the first half, but I managed to finish the last half in an afternoon, be ...more
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Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker
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I'm torn about this book: from a reader's perspective, the story really didn't grab me right away; from a historical/teaching perspective, it offers an accessible narrative on an important part of Can-Am history. The story felt simplified, but perhap ...more
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Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
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I can't think of a more perfect depiction of the Blitz that I've encountered. Beautifully told, with respect for the reality of war and the requisite melancholy given the subject matter, Cleave also managed to imbue the dialogue with the wit and stuf ...more
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The Music Lesson by Victor L. Wooten
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Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente
Radiance
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What the hell was that?
I was intrigued by the description (i.e. How can a book be termed an opera?), the cover (yep, definitely judging) and the golden-era-of-Hollywood-esque setting. Kudos to the author for the incredibly atmospheric writing. Maybe
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Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker
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I'm torn about this book: from a reader's perspective, the story really didn't grab me right away; from a historical/teaching perspective, it offers an accessible narrative on an important part of Can-Am history. The story felt simplified, but perhap ...more
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Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer
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Ollie's Odyssey by William Joyce
Ollie's Odyssey
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It's all been said before in other reviews. This story felt very familiar to me, as it owes more than a nod to classic children's lit. I wasn't super keen on the writing style, but I really wanted to love it. The book itself (glossy pages, smoothly b ...more
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