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Troubling a Star by Madeleine L’Engle

I saw an article recently that L’Engle has a new short story collection coming out, which prompted me to check the library catalogues¬† for any of her books I’d never read. This fit the bill. I was shocked to see it’s in the same series as my favorite book of hers, A Ring of Endless Light, and I hadn’t read it.

Published: 1995

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 296 pages

Setting: New England and traveling to the Antarctic, 1990s, following the events of A Ring of Endless Light

Summary: Short version: Vicky finds a trip to the Antarctic more dangerous than expected Continue reading

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Mr. Curiosity had gotten this from the library (before they were all closed due to the pandemic) because he enjoys the author. I read it because it is a book in the house I haven’t read, and I have a fondness for Hank (and John) Green.

Published: 2018

Genre: science fiction

Length: 338 pages

Setting: mostly New York City with a bit in California, present day

Font: LT Pro Roman and Digi Grotesk LT

Summary: Short version: April May tells her story of solving the puzzle of the extraterrestrial robot Carls Continue reading

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I had Miss Adventure read this as a piece of literature after she saw the movie. I read it alongside her so we could discuss the book.

Published: Part I in 1868, Part II in 1869, together in 1880

Genre: YA fiction/ semiautobiographical

Length: 449 pages

Setting: New England, during the American Civil War (1861-5) for Part I and a few years later for Part II

Summary: Short version: We follow the lives of the March sisters as they transition to adulthood Continue reading

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Winter by Marissa Meyer

This is the fourth and final book (although there is a collection of short stories) in the Lunar Chronicles series.

Published: 2015

Genre: YA science fiction

Length: 827 pages

Summary: Short version: Winter and her friends overthrow Queen Levana Continue reading

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The Toll by Neal Shusterman

This is the third book in the Arc of the Scythe series. We specifically had to ask our local library to order the book since the county system only had the first two books in the series. That is unacceptable! We had to finish the series!

Published: 2019

Genre: YA science fiction

Length: 625 pages

Setting: various places around the world, a year or two after the events of Thunderhead

Summary: Short version: Various factions try to enable the future they think is best Continue reading

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White Bird by R. J. Palacio

This is a graphic novel I saw at the library. I picked it up because it was a Wonder story, and we highly enjoyed reading Wonder.

Published: 2019

Genre: YA historical fiction graphic novel

Length: 204 pages

Setting: except for a brief beginning and ending set in present day U.S., it’s set in late 1930s-mid 1940s France

Summary: Short version: The life of Rose, a Jewish girl, surviving Nazi-occupied France during WWII Continue reading

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Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

I was looking for a scifi or fantasy book to read to the kids and saw this.

Published: 2011

Genre: YA post-apocalyptic science fiction

Length: 323 pages

Setting: a near-future Louisiana

Summary: Short version: Nailer decides to save the swank girl he finds in a wrecked ship Continue reading

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