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Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

As soon as I discovered Rainbow Rowell had written a graphic novel, I put it on the hold list for the library. Of course it’s a First Second publication – all the best graphic novels seem to come from them these days.

Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks

Published: 2019

Genre: YA fiction graphic novel

Length: 211

Setting: a pumpkin patch in October, present day

Summary: Short version: Two friends spend their last day working together at the pumpkin patch Continue reading

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Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

It was recommended by The Modern Mrs. Darcy as a diverse books read and a good read aloud if you like Wonder. We did, so I thought I’d read it to the kids as a contrast to our last book.

Published: 2010

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 295 pages

Setting: somewhere about a six hour drove from Washington, D.C., recent past (when MySpace was still a thing)

Summary: Short version: Melody’s life with cerebral palsy changes when she gets a communication computer Continue reading

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Bloom by Kevin Panetta

I saw this discussed somewhere in one of the blogs I read. I thought it sounded so good, I immediately requested it from our local library.

Illustrator: Savanna Ganucheau

Published: 2019

Genre: YA fiction graphic novel

Length: 353 pages

Setting: a small beach town in Maryland, present day

Summary: Short version: Ari isn’t happy working at his family’s bakery until he meets Hector Continue reading

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The Last Full Measure by Jeff Shaara

This is the sequel to Gods and Generals and finishes up the Civil War started in Killer Angels.

Published: 1998

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 560 pages

Setting: along the mid-Atlantic states, 1863-1865

Summary: Short version: The state of the Civil War following the Battle at Gettysburg Continue reading

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The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

This was our book club choice for June

Published: 2014

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 359 pages of story, 373 pages total

Setting: mostly Charleston, SC, but also Philadelphia, PA, 1803-1838

Summary: Short version: The life of Sarah and her slave, Handful, in 1800s Charleston Continue reading

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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

This was my book club’s choice for May.

Published: 2011

Genre: fiction

Length: 308 pages of story, 322 pages total

Setting: San Francisco, present day

Summary: Short version: Victoria needs to figure out her life now that she’s an adult Continue reading

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell

This book was recommended to me by one of my students when I asked for a book recommendation at the beginning of the semester. Plus, it was Rainbow Rowell and therefore needed to be read.

Published: 2014

Genre: fiction with a touch of fantasy

Length: 310 pages

Setting: California, present day

Summary: Short version: Georgie saves her marriage with a phone that calls her past Continue reading

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