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I Have Lost My Way
by Gayle Forman

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Like Forman's previous novels, the emotions in I Have Lost My Way are full-throttle. At first, I wasn't a fan of the constant shifts in narration. Oftentimes, they seemed limited first-person, but then a "fly on the wall" or a "fly in a character's head who knew their thoughts" would throw in a comment-- it was this weird first-person limited/third-person omniscient that was slightly annoying (to an English major). Plus, the timeline is not chronological. There is the main story time: a day in NYC, but then there are flashes to Harun, Nathaniel, and Freya's pasts, but those don't happen in chronological order as time progresses or even in order to each's story and understanding of self. In the end, though, the constant shifts contribute to the off-kilter headspace each character is in. They are lost, and now the reader is lost trying to decipher why each character is lost. It furnishes the emotional attachment to Nathaniel, Harun, and Freya that they are developing for one another. No spoilers as to the ending, but I can promise that you won't get the "answer" to the suspense and fear until the very. last. page. Forman, why must you drag our emotions through the wringer?! Favorite quote: “To be the holder of other people’s loss is to be the keeper of their love. To share your loss with people is another way of giving your love.”

Tempests And Slaughter
by Tamora Pierce

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I first read a Tamora Pierce book over 15 years ago. I adored her Tortall series --especially Kel and Aly's books, and they all imbued within me #girlpower. From Alanna, I learned to not let gender expectations keep me "in my place" as a female. From Daine, I learned to treasure what makes me different and special. From Kel, I learned that dedication and hard work are so vital to success. And from Aly, I learned even the smallest and most "insignificant" people are important and worthy of love. I shipped characters before "shipping" was a term. I was in a fandom when it pretty much was exclusive to Star Wars, Trekkies, and Potterheads. I was obsessed with these books that showed me that girls kick butt, whether they have a sword in their hand or not. As such, I was ecstatic when I heard the long foretold Numair series was finally going to have its first book published! I even secured an eARC on Netgalley. But as I reflected on how much of my strength I owe to Tammy, I grew nervous. I was anxious that I wasn't going to like it the way I didn't enjoy the Beka Cooper series. I was worried that the #girlpower that was vital to middle and high school me would be made irrelevant with a male protagonist. That really worried me as I have made #girlpower books --or even just female protagonists and female authors-- an important aspect of my reading habits. And, yes, the #girlpower that was so central to my love of the Tortall books is missing in Tempest and Slaughter. However, that is to be expected since Arram is a male protagonist. When I was able to put aside my preference for female protagonists, I found that I really enjoyed Arram's tale. AND, like Tammy does with girls and periods and puberty, she addresses male puberty in Tempests and Slaughter. So, that bildungsroman aspect of Tammy's books is still present. The only real downside is that the pacing is weird. Not the plot dynamics pacing, but the moving forward of chronological time pacing. I thought Arram was closer to 15 or 16 when the story reminds readers that he's only 13. And the time denotations are not evenly spaced at all. I'd prefer them to be stated more like parts within the story as a whole (i.e. Part I: Third-Year Student at the Lower Academy, Fall 435 - Spring 436; Part II: Fourth-Year Student at that Lower Academy, Summer 436). Since I have an eARC, perhaps that pacing has been amended. Either way, I highly recommend Tempests and Slaughter for fans of Tammy. You won't be disappointed!

Amelia Bedelia Goes Wild
by Herman parish

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Jewish History, Religion and Culture
by Judith Baskin

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Cristina Moore and Calvin Wood

Girl Made Of Stars By Ashley Herring Blake
by Ashley Herring Blake

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Too slow-moving for my taste.

by Neal Stephenson

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A well-crafted story that might have been better served as two separate novels. Difficult to slog through the pages of minute details of orbital mechanics just to get through the story line, when he could have given it the cursory explanation he gave genetic manipulation as that was also necessary to move the story along in places. I also felt it ended rather abruptly and more pages could have been spent developing the new relationships found in the last few pages of the novel. But overall, it was a fun and exciting read that does make you wonder, "What does happen if the moon suddenly gets hit by a cataclysmic agent?"

by L. J. Tracosas

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My son loves this book!

Paper Doll
by Robert Parker

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good book

Traffic a book of opposites
by Betsy & giulio maestro

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I like it because it had opposites & it was silly.

Ranger In Time Long Road To Freedom
by Kate Messner

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It was about a dog named ranger and some children named Sarah and Jesse.
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