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I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

I needed one last read aloud for the school year and went to peruse the Newbery Award winners shelves at our local library. I chose this one because it was set in a country other than the U.S. and fir out medieval time period we’ve been studying.

Published: 1965

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 180 pages

Setting: Spain and Italy, ~1610-1670

Summary: Short version: We follow the life of Juan, slave to the Spanish painter Diego Valezquez Continue reading


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First Test by Tamora Pierce

This is the first book in the Protector of the Small series. Miss Adventure has been encouraging me to the read the series and I finally got around to starting it.

Published: 1999

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 240 pages

Setting: Corus, the capital of Tortall, after the conclusion of the War of the Immortals in Pierce’s Immortals series.

Summary: Short version: Keledry experiences sexism after becoming the first girl to openly start page training Continue reading

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Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

I’m not sure how this book came to my attention, but it picked it up now because it was available as an audiobook and was a good length for our trip to Philadelphia.

Published: 2015

Genre: middle grade fiction with a touch of magic

Length: 587 pages

Setting: Germany, Pennsylvania, and California, late 1930s

Summary: Short version: A harmonica helps three kids overcome discrimination and find happiness Continue reading

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

My mother-in-law read this book for book club ten years ago and passed it along to me afterwards to read.

Translator: Alan R. Clarke

Published: 1988 in Portuguese; 1993 in English

Genre: inspirational fiction

Length: 167 pages

Setting: starting in Andalusia and traveling to Egypt, present day Continue reading

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