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Ashes by Laurie Halse Anderson

Posted by Sherry on 2/16/2017 in General, Historical fiction, Young Adult Fiction |

“Freedom would not be handed to us like a gift. Freedom had to be fought for and taken.” This third and final book in Ms. Anderson’s Seeds of America trilogy wraps up the story of Curzon and Isabel, the black teens who have weathered the vicissitudes of the American revolution and of slavery, freedom, and […]

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Red Moon Rising by K.A. Holt

Posted by Sherry on 12/6/2016 in 2016, Children's Fiction, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction |

There was a brief time when I was young that I went through a reading binge of Indian captive narratives. These stories, both fictional and nonfiction, were quite popular back in the day. Nonfiction narrative memoirs of people, usually girls, who were captured by Indians and later escaped or were rescued, were popular in the […]

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The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence

Posted by Sherry on 9/30/2016 in Adventure thriller, General, Young Adult Fiction |

Alaska. Boat capsized. Two teens marooned on the coast with no means of communication. Survival fiction. If these are your buzzwords, The Skeleton Tree should be your next read. It’s not as feel-good as the classic, My Side of the Mountain, but it is a well written, as far as I can tell well researched, […]

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Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

Posted by Sherry on 9/28/2016 in Fantasy Fiction, Young Adult Fiction |

A society is built on the foundation of legalized murder, purchased assassination, killing as an offering to the goddess. Nine families serve the goddess Safraella. They are her acolytes, killing people in her name with the promise of resurrection to a new life for those who die in the goddess’s good graces. Lea Saldana is […]

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The Lost Compass by Joel Ross

In Book one of this series (or maybe it’s just a book and a sequel), The Fog Diver, Chess, the foggy-eyed tether boy, and his crew escape from the slums of evil Lord Kodoc, and the slum kids make it to the “promised land” of Port Oro. However, in The Lost Compass, Chess continues to […]

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Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

Posted by Sherry on 9/14/2016 in Adult Fiction, General, Historical fiction, Romance |

Winston Mawdsley Graham was twentieth century British novelist best known for his series of Poldark novels, set in the late eighteenth century, just after end of the American Revolution or War for Independence. The series takes place in Cornwall, and the protagonist and eponymous hero is a former soldier in the British army in America […]

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Booked by Kwame Alexander

Posted by Sherry on 8/15/2016 in 2016, Romance, Young Adult Fiction |

Whether I like to admit it or not, awards and public acclaim do influence my interest and enjoyment of a book. I read and wrote about Mr. Alexander’s first book, The Crossover in 2015, before it won the 2015 Newbery Award (and many other awards). My review, as anyone can see, was lukewarm: “if you […]

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The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine

Posted by Sherry on 8/9/2016 in 2016, Children's Fiction, Historical fiction, Young Adult Fiction |

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine. (2016) The Mystery of the Jeweled Moth by Katherine Woodfine. (2016) The Mystery of the Painted Dragon by Katherine Woodfine. (February, 2017) Around the turn of the 19th to the 20th century, Sophie Taylor-Cavendish is the recently orphaned fifteen year old daughter of a military man […]

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Between Heaven and Earth by Eric Walters

Posted by Sherry on 8/8/2016 in Adventure thriller, General, Young Adult Fiction |

David, Junior, aka DJ, has been given a task in his grandfather’s will: to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and scatter his grandfather’s ashes at the summit. DJ, a typical oldest child/oldest grandchild, is hyper-responsible, committed, and a tad bit over-confident. He’s sure he can complete the climb in two or three days and return […]

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Theodosia, Daughter of Aaron Burr by Anne Colver

My daughters have become engrossed in listening to the soundtrack from the Broadway musical, Hamilton, and therefore I have listened to bits and pieces of it quite a few times over the past couple of weeks. (Warning: there’s some fairly foul language in the lyrics to the musical, as well as some lurid gossip about […]

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