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Stuart Schadt
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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds, Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds This story is taken straight from the headlines about police brutality in the black community. An innocent black boy in the neighborhood convenience story kneels to get something out of his gym bag, which by the way conta...
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Awake by Natasha Preston, The Ranger’s Apprentice, Book One The Ruins of Gorlan
Awake by Natasha Preston The truth is we believe to the fullest what we believe up until the moment we don’t. If that truth is something everyone around us believes and the truth we have been told our whole lives how do we wake up to the fact that not only ...
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Solo by Kwame Alexander and The Big Field by Mike Lupica
Solo by Kwame Alexander Solo is written As non-rhyming poetry With rarely more than three to five words To a line. After reading for a while I found myself Thinking in this way. It is the story of the confused Son of an aging rock star. And maybe both in di...
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Refugee, Along for the Ride, and Uglies
Refugee By Alan Gratz This is the story of three refugee families fleeing their strife and the threats of their homeland. Each story is told through the eyes of their young teenage child. They are fleeing Germany in 1939, Cuba in 1995 and Syria in 2015. The...
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Seven Reviews
I was away on vacation last week. I did a lot of reading but very little writing, so here are seven reviews. Thickety By J. A. White This is the story of a cult set in a premodern time. They are the followers of an ancient prophet who banned all magic and a...
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Vampire Girl By Karpow Kenrade
Vampire Girl by Karpow Kenrade This is much more a YA book. It is written in first person present tense. The voice is that of Arianna, Ari, who has just turned eighteen. Most people won’t remember Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. It was a ridiculous musical...
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Three reviews
The Kindling by Braden Bell This is book one of I think seven. It is written in third person past tense. It is the story of three teens in whom there awakens the unexpected powers of the ‘Magi.’ The Magi are a secret force engaged in a battle between good a...
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Two Reviews
I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore This is book one of the seven-book Lorien Legacies series. This story has all the ingredients a middle school boy might be looking for if: he wished hormones released his superpowers, he wanted a mysterious loyal pet, wante...
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Five reviews
I spent the last week on a road trip from Virginia to Texas and back. I didn't get a lot of reading done but I listened to five books on Audible.  Their reviews are below. Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan I listened to Echo as an audible book, it was wonderful. It is...
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The Whisperer in Darkness by H. P. Lovecraft
The Whisperer in Darkness by H. P. Lovecraft What a wonderful surprise to find this classic in the list. I have read a number of authors who sight Lovecraft as one of their sources of inspiration and even some who have built upon the mythology he developed....
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