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Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

This novel is the story of Guy Montag, a fireman who lives in a future where firemen set houses on fire to burn books, rather than put then out. The people in this society do not read books, enjoy nature, spend time by themselves, think independently, or have meaningful conversations. Instead, they drive very fast and watch excessive amounts of television. When Montag encounters a strange seventeen-year-old girl named Clarisse McClellan, who seems to be the opposite of everything Guy…

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Cinder – Marissa Meyer

Cinder – Marissa Meyer

I am surprised by how much in enjoyed this book! I have never been a big fan of the original Cinderella; she is really only good at being nice and pretty, which makes for a pretty boring character.  But Cinder isn’t like that at all; she’s adventurous and snarky and good at fixing things; so much more in charge of her own destiny than her fairy tail counterpart. I loved the details about Cinder’s cyborgy additions; how she can tell…

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The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

What a chilling and enthralling dystopian future Margaret Atwood has imagined in this novel! The main character, Offred is a “handmaid”, a woman who has been forced to serve in the household of a high ranking infertile couple as a surrogate. She remembers a “time before”, when she was married with a child. In the time before, women were allowed to have jobs, bank accounts and the ability to read. But, a strange dictatorship has taken over the United States,…

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Mary Poppins – P.L. Travers

Mary Poppins – P.L. Travers

It was quite enjoyable to revisit the Mary Poppins of my youth anew through the P.L. Travers novel, which I never read as a child. I found many of the same lovable characters and stories I remembered form the Disney movie, as well as even more wonderfully funny, ironic and whimsical adventures. I did find that the Mary Poppins of the books is much more stuffy, selfish and rude than her Julie Andrews counterpart. This was a bit odd, but…

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Flight – Sherman Alexie

Flight – Sherman Alexie

Flight is a story about a half native american foster kid, who has named himself after his face ache. “Zits” has struggled through the foster system since he was eight years old. He feels angry, betrayed and alone. Now Zits is fifteen, and his pattern of crime and misbehavior is about to escalate. Just as Zits attempts to rob a bank, he is transported back in time. Zits journeys thought several historical events involving Native Americans. He experiences human tragedy…

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We Have Always Lived In The Castle – Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived In The Castle – Shirley Jackson

A perfect spooky read this October! From the author of the famous short story “The Lottery”, comes a complicated novel with similar tones of murder, mob mentality and public shunning. This book seems to defy a specific genre. We Have Always Lived in the Castle included multiple elements, making it seem a historic-classic-murder-mystery-horror-fairytale. The story follows the two Blackwell sisters; Mary Catherine Blackwell (18 years old) and Constance Blackwell (28 years old). These young women live with their dying uncle…

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Pride – Ibi Zoboi

Pride – Ibi Zoboi

Pride takes Jane Austen’s most popular novel “Pride and Prejudice” and places it in modern day Brooklyn. Instead of Elizabeth Bennett, we have Zuri Benitez. Zuri is a smart, no nonsense teenager with Afro-Latin roots. She has dreams of getting a college education, and doesn’t intend to let romance or boys get in her way. But when the wealthy Darcy brothers move into her “hood”, and her sister Janae starts to fall for one of them, Zuri’s pride and patience…

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Wife of the Gods – Kwei Quartey

Wife of the Gods – Kwei Quartey

This book was both familiar and completely fresh to me. I love a good mystery and author Kwei Quartey really delivered that!  When a promising young medial student is murdered in the small town of Ketanu, Ghana, there is only one man who can solve her murder – Detective Inspector Darko Dawson. Dawson is a talented detective, but in order to solve the case he must face down local police interference, a dangerous religious practice, and his own painful past….

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Walk on Earth a Stranger – Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger – Rae Carson

Historical Fiction meets Western meets Magical Realism in this fantastic YA tale about Leah Westfall, a girl who can sense gold in the ground. Leah is a hardworking and adventures protagonist, who is forced run way from all she’s ever know, when her sinister uncle murders her parents and becomes her legal guardian. Lucky for Leah, she is living during the California gold rush. So she disguises herself as a boy (Lee) and heads for California; Gold or bust! For…

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The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth is a children’s modern fairy tale about a bored young boy named Milo who unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth one afternoon and, having nothing better to do, decides to drive through it in his toy car. The tollbooth transports him to a land called the Kingdom of Wisdom. There he acquires two faithful companions, has many adventures, and goes on a quest to rescue the princesses of the kingdom–Princess Rhyme and Princess Reason–from the castle of air….

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