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I'm a mama, reader, and writer. Passionate about peppermint (it's not just for Christmas, okay?!), fly fishing, and movie night.

Review: Impossible Music by Sean Williams

Impossible Music by Sean Williams cover shows a silhouette of a boy with an ear bud cord wrapped around his face and wrists.

Impossible Music
Sean Williams
Clarion Books
Published July 2, 2019

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About IMPOSSIBLE MUSIC

Before the stroke that left him deaf, music was Simon’s life. Now, his band breaks up and even his future college career studying musical composition is in jeopardy. How can a deaf student study music?

The only bright spot in all of it is a fierce girl Simon meets at Auslan class, where he learns sign language to communicate. G seems just as angry to … Continue reading

Review: Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim cover shows a girl holding magic scissors and a bolt of fabric with a hawk behind her

Spin the Dawn
Elizabeth Lim
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Published July 9, 2019

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About SPIN THE DAWN

Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping YA fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.

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Review: Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg

Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg cover shows three red houses in a vertical line, the top intact, second beginning to crumble and the third breaking apart.

Past Perfect Life
Elizabeth Eulberg
Bloomsbury YA
Published July 9, 2019

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About PAST PERFECT LIFE

Small-town Wisconsin high school senior Allison Smith loves her life the way it is-spending quality time with her widowed father and her tight-knit circle of friends, including best friend Marian and maybe-more-than-friends Neil. Sure she is stressed out about college applications . … Continue reading

Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Vanishing Girls
Lauren Oliver
HarperCollins
March 10, 2015

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About VANISHING GIRLS

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged.

When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

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Review: Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe cover shows a yellow spiral journal with ink drawings of binoculars, a moose, and other things.

Field Guide to the North American Teenager
Ben Philippe
Balzer + Bray
Published January 8, 2019

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About FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN TEENAGER

Norris Kaplan is clever, cynical, and quite possibly too smart for his own good. A black French Canadian, he knows from watching American sitcoms that those three things don’t bode well when you are moving to Austin, Texas. Plunked into a new high school … Continue reading

Review: Finale by Stephanie Garber

Finale by Stephanie Garber cover shows a golden heart bleeding a teardrop.

Finale (Caraval #3)
Stephanie Garber
Flatiron Books
May 7, 2019

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About FINALE

A love worth fighting for. A dream worth dying for. An ending worth waiting for.

It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist.

With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going … Continue reading

Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart cover shows a pile of blond hair clippings and a discarded pair of scissors.

Genuine Fraud
E. Lockhart
Delacorte Press
Published September 5, 2017

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From the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel–the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a … Continue reading

Review: Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer cover shows paper hearts lined up and one out of line.

Call It What You Want
Brigid Kemmerer
Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Published June 24, 2019

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About CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT

When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she … Continue reading

Review: Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas

Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas

Wild and Crooked
Leah Thomas
Bloomsbury USA Children’s
June 4, 2019

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About WILD AND CROOKED

In Samsboro, Kentucky, Kalyn Spence’s name is inseparable from the brutal murder her father committed when he was a teenager. Forced to return to town, Kalyn must attend school under a pseudonym . . . or face the lingering anger of Samsboro’s citizens, who refuse to forget the crime.

Gus Peake has never had the luxury of redefining himself. A Samsboro native, he’s either known as the “disabled kid” because of his cerebral … Continue reading

Review: Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

Two Can Keep a Secret
Karen McManus
Delacorte Press
January 8, 2019

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About TWO CAN KEEP A SECRET

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is … Continue reading

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