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  • Watch Us Rise

    Jasmine and Chelsea go to a progressive high school in New York City where they study social justice. They are growing tired of the hypocrisy and double standards they see within their school that is supposed to be a model of inclusivity and intersectionality. When the after school clubs they are required to be a part of tries to pigeon hole them into the stereotypes the school supposedly doesn't adhere to, the girls respond by forming their own club to promote feminism, equality and justice.

    I wanted to like this book. It just didn't work for me.

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  • Princess of Glass

    Princess of Glass is the second in The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy. This take on the fairy tale of Cinderella, finds Princess Poppy visiting the kingdom of Breton. After vowing never to dance again, Poppy finds herself enjoy the company of the handsome princes and enjoying the occasional card game at the many balls. That is until a mysterious servant girl, who goes by Ellen, appears. Things start to go awry and Poppy is sure that there is magic afoot.

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  • This Promise of Change

    This Promise of Change is the story of Jo Ann Allen Boyce who was one of the Clinton 12 who fought for the right to be allowed to go to the same high school as the white students in Clinton, Tennessee. It takes place right after the Brown vs. The Board of Education decision by the Supreme Court. The school district made the decision to desegregate and follow the letter of the law. Things start with just a few minor protests but as word gets out and outsiders come in the protests grow and become violent. Jo Ann becomes the unwitting spokesperson of the students involved.

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  • New Kid

    Jordan Banks is going to be the new kid at his elite private school. Known for its academic rigor, Jordan is one of a few kids of color in his school.

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  • Dear Sister

    Dear Sister is a heartwarming telling of a brother's "love" for his baby sister. It is told by letters and pictures he writes/draws for her. I loved it so much and it perfectly describes the sibling dynamic as they grow older.

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  • The War I finally Won

    The story of Ada continues. The storyline is composed more of vignettes and nothing as earth-shattering as getting locked in a cabinet nor uncovering a German spy. But the emotional growth that Ada and her circle go through is important in its own way.

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  • The Prince and the Dressmaker

    This was a nice story. The illustrations were amazing and I really liked the dresses. Some would be quite fashionable even now. The dreams of a person can change with circumstances, but their basis is always the same. One must decide how much to give up to achieve them. Yourself or the dream. It's nice when you can get both.

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  • Heavy Vinyl, Vol. 1

    Being a child of the vinyl record age, I had to laugh at the idea of a fight club of girls. But now in today's arena, it would be much more of an idea. Who knows maybe I would have been intrigued to join this type of group back in the day.

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  • Chocolate Cream Pie Murder

    While this was a nice tidy mystery with great recipes like the rest, I was a bit disappointed. The story spent so much time on the drama and build up, that the murder was solved in just a couple chapters. Not the usual red herrings and clues to make the reader think about different outcomes. This one was very pat and not all the clues were given in such a way that led to the conclusion until the killer was there in your face and way to obvious and not at all satisfying. I guess after 23 other books, the author needs to find new ways to spice up the stories.

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  • The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall

    This was a book with a bit of a scare to it, because it was not obvious where the evil of the hall was coming from and in the end I was surprised at the main culprit. It is a sad story in many ways, but it also makes you think about how you would feel about the people you leave behind. I'm not sure I would want to be tied to a place for eternity. Makes you think about what the afterlife might bring according to your beliefs.

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  • Girl's Guide to Guns and Monsters

    Thirteen urban and paranormal tales of strong women, armed with weapons they are not afraid to use, as well as fists and feet of fury, who face monsters and bad guys-and are not above rescuing men in the process. goodreads.com.

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  • The Passage


    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear--of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

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  • Becoming

    In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments.

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  • Wild Country

    After the terre indigene wiped out half the humans, the town of Bennett was a ghost town. However, it was also a transportation hub so the Others decide to repopulate it with a mix of Others and humans. The Sanguinati and the Wolfgard hold the dominant positions in town and another Harvester is introduced to run the saloon. Bennett is a bit of a wild west kind of town with set boundaries by the Elders. Any humans who want to live in the town have to have a purpose and be interviewed by the Others in charge.

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  • Predator's Gold

    This is the second book in the Mortal Engines books and features the further adventures of Hester and Tom. This time they find themselves on the city of Anchorage and under the power of the mayoress Freya. They are accompanied by an author who claims to have traveled to America and convinces Freya to head that way. There are also scavengers who kidnap Tom after Hester leaves in a huff due to Tom's attentions directed towards Freya. Lots happened but none of it was that interesting or memorable. I do believe I will not continue this series.

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