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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This is our book club choice for the month of January. I’ve read it before, but it’s been a few years so I read it again. I was also in the play with my kids (I was the narrator while Miss Adventure was Scout and Mr. Curiosity was Jem).

Published: 1960

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 376 pages

Setting: Maycomb, Alabama, 1930s

Summary: Short version: Growing up in the 30s in the South Continue reading

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If X Is a Real Number by Sofie Bird

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: May, 2016 in Fireside Magazine

Genre: science fiction

Setting: on a spaceship, far future

Summary: Short version: Maybe someone will survive this spaceship collision Continue reading

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Squalor and Sympathy by Matt Dovey

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: May 2016 in Writers of the Future Vol 32; it was also a PodCastle episode, if you prefer to listen to your short fiction

Genre: steampunk fantasy

Setting: Victorian England with magic

Summary: Short version: The Industrial Revolution driven by need-based magic Continue reading

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North! or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson

This is the second book in the Wingfeather Saga. We had a bit of a trip and needed an audiobook, so I thought this would work for us.

Published: 2009

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 331 pages

Setting: various locations on Skree, just after the events of On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

Summary: Short version: The Igibys unsuccessfully look for safety in the Ice Prairies Continue reading

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On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

I saw this book listed somewhere as a good kid’s book and was excited to see it was available as an audiobook. It was a perfect length for our 7-hour trip to Philadelphia. It’s also the first book in a four book series, so we should have more books to listen to!

Published: 2008

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 290 pages

Setting: on the continent of Skree in the world of Aerwiar, early industrial society Continue reading

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The Burning by J.P. Seewald

This is a new publication (it comes out today!) from Annorlunda Books, a small press publisher. I received a free copy of the story to review, but my comments are my own opinion.

Published: 2017

Genre: short fiction

Length: 136 pages

Setting: a fictional version of Centralia, Pennsylvania, 1975 Continue reading

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Solo by Kwame Alexander

This was reviewed on The Hub in a post about books in verse. We’ve read several other Kwame Alexander books and loved them, so I was happy to hear he had a new book out. I decided to listen to this one as an audiobook for two reasons. First of all, I wanted to hear a book in verse read by someone else to hear if I was doing it correctly. Secondly, there are five original songs included in the audio version of this book, and I wanted to hear them.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fiction in verse, diverse voices

Length: 320 pages

Setting: Hollywood, California, and Ghana, present day Continue reading

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