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The Giver – Lois Lowry

The Giver – Lois Lowry

One of the most interesting things about The Giver is that for at least half of the book, a reader could classify it as a utopian rather than a dystopian.  Jonas lives in what seems to be a perfect society. Everyone is super polite and has their own individual place in society based on what the Elders think they would be suited for. Couples (who were placed together) have two children, one boy and one girl. When you first start…

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At Home in North Branch (Richardson)

At Home in North Branch (Richardson)

Recently, while at a wedding reception, I got to chatting with  a fellow book lover and in the course of the conversation I mentioned that I was a “transplant” to this area.  I’m originally from a small town in the thumb called North Branch (Lapeer County).  Imagine my surprise when she said not only that she knew where that was (most people think they know, but they really know where West Branch is, which amusingly, is north of North Branch),…

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Wonder – R. J. Palacio

Wonder – R. J. Palacio

Auggie Pullman’s year is going to get a LOT different. For a kid with a pretty rare facial deformity, going to middle school is the last thing he wants to do. Told by the perspective of Auggie, his sister Via, her boyfriend, and a few of Auggie’s classmates, Wonder is a story about how hard it can be to fit in middle school—whether you’re the one who looks differently than your peers or you’re the normal kid befriending the kid…

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