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This Tender Land
This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
The acclaimed author of Ordinary Grace crafts a powerful novel about an orphans life-changing adventure traveling down Americas great rivers during the Great Depression, seeking both a place to call home and a sense of purpose in a world sinking into despair. Ask me, Gods right here. In the dirt, the rain, the sky, the trees, the apples, the stars in the cottonwoods. In you and me, too. Its all connected and its all God. Sure this is hard work, but its good work because its a part of what connects us to this land. This beautiful, tender land. 1932: Located on the banks of the Gilead River in Minnesota, Lincoln School is home to hundreds of Native American boys and girls who have been separated from their families. The only two white boys in the school are orphan brothers Odie and Albert who, under the watchful eyes of the cruel superintendent Mrs. Brickman, are often in trouble for misdeeds both real and imagined. The two boys best friend is Mose, a mute Native American who is also the strongest kid in school. And they find another ally in Cora Frost, a widowed teacher who is raising her little girl, Emmy, by herself. When tragedy strikes down Mrs. Frost, its the catalyst for a series of events that will send Odie, Albert, and Mose to rescue Emmy and flee down the river in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi, leaving a dead body in their wake. Soon they are wanted by the law and they know that Mrs. Brickman will stop at nothing to track them down for dark reasons of her own. Over the course of this unforgettable summer, Odie, Albert, Mose, and Emmy carefully make their way through the small river towns and big cities filled with people who are by turns desperate and generous, cruel and kind. As they search for a place to belong, these four remarkable children will lose their innocence but gain the strength to survive in the face of terrible loss. With his signature pitch-perfect, wonderfully evocative (Dennis Lehane, New York Times bestselling author) prose, William Kent Kruegers This Tender Land shows how the magnificent American landscape connects us all, haunts our dreams, and makes us whole.
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SanjanaGhosh
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This book was so wholesome!

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Soubhiville
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Pretty good depression era kid adventure. 4 orphans escape an abusive boarding school/ orphanage for mostly indigenous children to travel south towards the Mississippi River by canoe.

I appreciate that while religion is a theme, it‘s an open suggestion that (to me) seems to honor different beliefs or lack there of.

Could have done without Emmy‘s “spells” that seem maybe like seizures, I didn‘t think that added to the story.

Content Warnings.

ShelleyBooksie Enjoyed this o e as well. I love your cats 4mo
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LibraryCin
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Good, but I could do without the magical bits; I prefer more realistic. There are some surprises at the end. There is also a good author‘s note at the end discussing residential schools, the Great Depression and religious revival tours (the four “kids” come across one of these in their travels).

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Julsmarshall
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Exquisite! This is an epic coming of age story that being to mind the best of Dickens and Twain but with a more modern, accurate view of Indigenous, poor, and uneducated populations. Beautifully written, the prose sings in places and I loved every minute of the #audiobook . #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

AmyG I loved this too….so much. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 7mo
Nute I read this with my irl Bookclub. I had the same feelings as you. An amazing story. 7mo
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Rissa1
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3.75 ⭐️
I enjoyed the story but found myself reading quickly to get through some of the length.

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Rissa1
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Finally going back to This Tender Land. Lucy Gray decided she wants to be my snuggle friend today. Also pictured is part of my latest thriftbook order. #bookmark #book haul #LucyGray

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LauraBrook
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Working on this one for Dewey‘s Readathon! Need to finish it by tomorrow afternoon so I can host a live book discussion online! I‘m 1/4 of the way through so far, and it‘s going well - I just need to buckle down and finish it.
This is the most casual I‘ve been about a Dewey‘s in years, and I‘m okay with that. My only goals are to finish 3 books/ read 500 pages. Anyone else participating? #deweys

BookBabe I didn‘t hear about it until you just posted this, so cool that you‘re doing it and the live discussion! This book sounds like a good read. #stacked! 7mo
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Zbayardo
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What an epic voyage of a read! A literary fiction adventure read filled w/adventure, mystery, friendship, love, & forgiveness!
It‘s the 1930 and 4 children run away from the Lincoln School for Native American children. I was rooting for them to just make it to their destination & finally find the peace & love & HOME they are searching for.

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JMEdwards
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I really enjoyed this book. Life is such a hard scrabble isn't it? Just couldn't help but root for these kids as they struggled to survive. Having lived in Minnesota for several years, it was also interesting to trace some of its history and read about places I've been. This opened the door for me to do more research on the subject matter.

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Blueberry
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Set on the headwaters of the Mississippi #River #SavvySettings
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🌅 9mo
Eggs Great author ✍🏻 9mo
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“Of all that we're asked to give others in this life, the most difficult to offer may be forgiveness.”

BookBabe Wow, so true. 😮 7mo
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jspoelker
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A wonderfully written story about a band of vagabond children bonded through escape from a quasi school/orphanage who travel a River. The 4 are bonded through loyalty, love, and painful experiences. The characters and writing transport and push the reader to suspend reality as we cheer on he children through adventures, complex emotions and even to break laws be free.

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ShelleyBooksie
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Could not put this one down. Loved this coming of age adventure story and is 4 main characters. This is one of those books that will stay with me.

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ShelleyBooksie
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Thanks for the tag @DebbieGrillo
1. Rarely - I prefer my first gen Kindle.
2. I have an old school Kindle and I've been considering an update for ages as I would like to have a light option.

What about you - @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego , @PurpleyPumpkin , @BeeMagical

@eggs

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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader
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I deeply enjoyed following the four vagabonds in their quest for home along the Gilead. Through their journey, we discover the Great Depression, and how people's lives were impacted, how people show resilience, help each other.
This summer odyssey was a great reading adventure. I loved Odie's stories along the pages. It's a great book about friendship, family, and about finding a place called home.

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Hooked_on_books
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Bailedbailed

Well, the first box I‘m checking off for #bookspinbingo in 2022 is a bail! 😂 Frankly, I‘m not surprised. It‘s me, not the book. Child protagonists/adventure stories don‘t appeal to me and I only had this one because it was a BOTM BOTY pick. So off the shelf it goes!

Leftcoastzen I‘m about to bail I think 11mo
Megabooks Yeah I‘m down on kid narrators too. 11mo
Reagan Love that mini house! 11mo
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dgingo Tell me more about that Book Store! 11mo
Hooked_on_books @Leftcoastzen I liked that one, but it‘s slow going and definitely not for everyone. It‘s always good to bail when it isn‘t working for you! 11mo
Hooked_on_books @Reagan @dgingo Thanks! I made it from a kit. I found it on Amazon. They tend to only include directions in an Asian language (not sure which, Japanese or Chinese, but they‘ll email you the English ones if you ask! 😂 11mo
Leftcoastzen I switched to another book for now. there are elements of that one I like , I‘m suspecting it‘s a mood thing.😁 11mo
shanaqui @Hooked_on_books Thanks for talking more about the kit! It sounds fiddly and time-consuming and EXACTLY like something my wife would love to try. :D 11mo
dgingo @Hooked_on_books That looks fabulous! Thank you for the information! Happy New Year! 🎆 11mo
Hooked_on_books @shanaqui Fiddly and time consuming is exactly right! 😂 11mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Bailedbailed

Well, the first box I‘m checking off for #bookspinbingo in 2022 is a bail! 😂 Frankly, I‘m not surprised. It‘s me, not the book. Child protagonists/adventure stories don‘t appeal to me and I only had this one because it was a BOTM BOTY pick. So off the shelf it goes!

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Another beautiful read from Krueger. The backdrop of the Indian boarding schools and the Great Depression are interwoven masterfully. Once again, there is a lot about God and pain and suffering, handled beautifully in my opinion. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

SilversReviews LOVED this book!! 11mo
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MelKelsey
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Book 143

I listened to This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger. In the afterword the author mentions he wrote this as a modern story like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, which was funny because I made that comparison while listening. It's jam-packed with the unbelievable adventures of a 12 year-old boy who escapes a boarding school and travels the country with friends in the 1920s. It's well-done and sweet, though not my usual style. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

JanuarieTimewalker13 Loved this book! 11mo
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Oryx
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Current read - it's giving similar vibes to a recent read, The Lincoln Highway, although set a bit earlier, in 1932 with a younger cast of character.

squirrelbrain I‘ve heard good things about this…. 12mo
Mirazzles I love the bookmark! 12mo
TrishB I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻 12mo
Lcsmcat I loved this book! 12mo
Aims42 Oooo I‘m intrigued!! I loved “The Lincoln Highway” and the summary sounds really good 🙌🏻 12mo
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perfectsinner
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Need a good book after JCO and I've heard great things about this

tokorowilliamwallace Yay, JCO! 11mo
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eloest
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Themes of land, tragedy, history, and beliefs about God. Well written and easy to get lost in.

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Tamra
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The universe must be instructing me to give Krueger another go. It was supposed to be a month wait when I placed the hold. 🤔

GingerAntics This was a good one. I quite enjoyed it. I hope you do, too. 14mo
Tamra Me too - the premise & setting is promising! 14mo
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MaggieCarr
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August Rush 📽️ × The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck) and/or The Four Winds (Hannah)

Took me a few chapters to pick up on the pacing but I'm both glad to have read it and equally haunted by yet another fictional childhood full of grief. I need to find a light read to balance out these heavy hitters.

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ClairesReads
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This Tender Land is an epic adventure story about four orphans searching for their own version of a home. It‘s not often I am so entertained by a literal journey narrative but this one had it all. Its peopled with well-timed bad guys, mishap, and misadventure, peopled wit central characters that are full of heart, and coloured with just enough engaging historical context to make it seem more than an unlikely romp. It was a thoroughly engaging read

Shae_Purcell Beverage of choice? It looks delicious and this photo is lovely. I didn't think I would be into this type of story but after reading the description I needed to add it to my ever-expanding list. Thanks for sharing! 1y
Lcsmcat Such a good book! 1y
ClairesReads @Shae_Purcell always coffee! I wasn‘t a hundred percent sure about this either, but my student raved so I gave it a whirl and I was pleasantly surprised 1y
ClairesReads @Lcsmcat it really is! I loved it 1y
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Ncostell
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I just finished this book and can already tell that it is going to be one of my favorite reads of 2021. The story of four kids‘ journey through the Depression Era US mirrors the Odyssey and is no less epic. I already miss these characters now that I am done and know I will think of this book for a long while to come.

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theokiereader
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#MilLife Our last assignment was hard for my husband & I— so hard that I had TWO copies of “This Tender Land” and didn‘t notice until now. I keep my #botm in order on my bookshelf, so I don‘t know HOW that happened. 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ Now that we‘re in Japan, I can catch up on my BOTM TBR AND pass on this extra copy to another #milspouse. It‘s hard to get books here because they take so long to get in the mail! #APOwoes

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megnews
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I‘ve wanted to read this since it came out. It‘s off to a great start!

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Kleblanc
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Beach reading ☀️

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Blueberry
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#TomHanks #MoviesinMay
@Klou

A companion read if you liked News of the World.

Klou Perfect! 2y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️A tale of four orphans. They have all sorts of adventures and learn about what family really means.

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AmyK1
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Thanks for the tag @MoonWitch94

1. So many. Some favorites are Redeeming Love, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Help, Narnia, Anne of Green Gables
2. Not really but I‘m more likely to pick it up to see what it‘s about if the cover is pretty.

#thoughtfulthursday

Tagging @wideeyedreader @Crazeedi @Sharpeipup

Crazeedi Thanks Amy! I'm a bit late!!😉 2y
MoonWitch94 You‘re welcome! Thanks for playing 📚☺️🌿 2y
Sharpeipup This tender land was the book I first thought about for nature. 2y
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Cathyloves2read
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Just when I thought I‘d already read the best novel ever, along came this book.If you haven‘t read it yet,run to a bookstore,or download it,&read it now.I‘ve never read Huckleberry Finn, but Im familiar with the story.The entire time I was reading this book,I thought of that story.It was so magical, the places they went and people they met.I so hope that they make this novel into a movie.It will be a classic if &when they do.

AmyG Yep. I loved this. Have you read his book Ordinary Grace??? Also amazing. 2y
Cathyloves2read I haven‘t read it yet, but definitely plan on it. It‘s good to hear that it is also amazing!! 2y
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Lcsmcat
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Not as good as Ordinary Grace - I think it tried to loop too much into one story - but a good tale nonetheless. Tomorrow night‘s book club read. 😀

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Lcsmcat
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April‘s book for my irl book club. I just started it but it‘s hooked me. I‘m not surprised because I loved Ordinary Grace.

AmyG This is just a fabulous book. Enjoy! 2y
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This Tender Land is a lot of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn and a little of
Patience & Not Forsaken
#WilliamKentKrueger #MarkTwain #AlixEHarrow

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BookMaven9
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Such a lovely, quiet bit of storytelling. This author never disappoints me. Set in 1932, go on a river adventure with 4 orphans on the run looking for a home and meet all the colorful characters on the way. Highly recommend.

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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

I was expecting to LOVE this book but sadly I never connected emotionally to Odie ( the young boy full of moxie) I know I was meant to admire his spunk but I found his actions foolish & sometimes harmful. For once I was very aware this book was written by a male, it lacked a feminine warmth (& intelligence)! I wasn‘t expecting the HEAVY HANDED Christian angle, which also kept me a little out of the story. #ItsMeNotYou as MOST LOVED this tale

Cathythoughts Yes I think it started off well , but I remember I lost interest & didn‘t finish this one 2y
LeeRHarry I bailed on this one - right from the start it left me cold. 2y
Cinfhen Wow!!! These are the first 2 meh reviews I‘ve seen @Cathythoughts @LeeRHarry it has like a 4.78 rating on GoodReads too 🙄 2y
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LeeRHarry @Cinfhen I was reading it for bookgroup and everyone else loved it 🤷🏼‍♀️ I was told that it had great nature writing ...mmm didn‘t see any of that. 2y
SamAnne Agree with your review! 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @SamAnne I feel like I‘m in good company I did appreciate the descriptions of the land @LeeRHarry but it wasn‘t anything breathtaking (edited) 2y
webhau1 Surprised to read a bad review. I loved it. 2y
Cinfhen I know @webhau1 It‘s UNIVERSALLY LOVED 2y
Centique You know, whenever a book is universally loved on Goodreads it doesn‘t seem to work for me. 🙃🙃 I think I always need a touch of weird or quirky or difficult to keep me interested. Or maybe I‘m just a contrary old pain in the butt! 😂😂😂 2y
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Cinfhen
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Jesus 😔This book is ROUGH!! I cant say I‘m “enjoying” but I‘m curious to see how the book plays out. Switching between audio & print #Pop21 #AdvancedPrompt

SamAnne Recently read this one. Had a hard time putting it down! 2y
Cinfhen I‘m a little disappointed with this one @SamAnne I think my expectations were too high 😢I still have about 5.5 hours of audio left....so maybe it‘ll turn around for me. It is hard to put down, though!!! 2y
SamAnne @Cinfhen I had issues with the book as well. Some of the magic realism didn‘t work for me, and the Christian themes wore on me. The unprobable events. But I still couldn‘t put it down! 2y
Cinfhen Yesssss!!! Exactly what I‘m feeling @SamAnne 2y
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Cinfhen
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So sad 😭 I‘m getting Betty vibes @squirrelbrain @Reviewsbylola @Chelsea.Poole @Cathythoughts

squirrelbrain Interesting.... can‘t wait to hear what you think when you finish it... 2y
Chelsea.Poole This one is on my list too! I‘m almost a quarter of a way through Betty — moving at a snail‘s pace! 🐌 I need the audiobook to make any kind of fast progress 😆 2y
TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen I listened to a few chapters before bed @TrishB @squirrelbrain @Chelsea.Poole It‘s really good but another book that makes your heart hurt 😔 2y
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amycollard
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Loved this beautiful story of four kids who endure great difficulties and set off on a journey together. Part Huckleberry Finn with some hints of The Odyssey, but set in the 1930‘s Great Depression era. This was my first time reading William Kent Krueger, and I‘m looking forward to reading more. This one really grabbed my heart and showed what that time period was like. I also appreciated the attention to what Native Americans have suffered.

SamAnne Just finished this one too! Had a hard time putting it down. 2y
amycollard @SamAnne Yes! Such a great reading experience! 2y
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SamAnne
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A riff on The Odyssey and shades of Wizard of Oz, set in the Depression years, following 4 kids escape from a school for Native American children—altho three of them are white. I got sucked into the story and the backdrop, although the magic realism/spiritual slant turned me off a wee bit.

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Macnjen
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Wonderfully told (audiobook) story of 4 children during the depression and their lives in and around and Indian Training school. The narration was great, the characters well developed and the sense of place was well done. The narrator was really good and added to the richness of the story. Highly recommend this! #LitsyAtoZchallenge

SamAnne Just started this one. 2y
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wen4blu
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My library hold finally came in!

#firstlinefridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Lesanne
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This was such a highly rated book with so many glowing reviews, but I just didn‘t enjoy it that much, sadly. The writing was beautiful, the story was meaningful, but I just didn‘t connect with the characters myself. I found myself skimming and impatient for the end. It‘s my personal preference, not the quality of the book; I think most people would love it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Bookspin entry for January

Catsandbooks Cute pup! 💖 2y
Lesanne @Catsandbooks Thank you! 🐶 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Lesanne
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Starting my #Bookspin!

AmyG Enjoy. This is such a good bok. 2y
Lesanne @AmyG Thank you! 2y
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Tomigirl44
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I‘ve never been disappointed with one of Krueger‘s books.

Blueberry I agree ❤ 2y
AmyG I learned that this year. Great book. 2y
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AmyG
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#12Booksof2020 Day 4

I got this on a whim from BOTM...it sounded like a good book. I had never heard of this author. Ha...His name sounded, to me, like a horror writers name. Turns out....I loved this book. I then read Ordinary Grace, his previous book, and loved that, too. He is now an author whose new books I will immediately buy.

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Another author I need to get to. 2y
Crazeedi You chose one I'm probably going to use! Awesome book 2y
dariazeoli I love it when you unexpectedly discover an author that becomes an auto buy! 2y
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Bookwormjillk I love his Cork O‘Connor mysteries. He‘s new to me as well this year. 2y
AmyG @Bookwormjillk I had no idea his previous work was thrillers/mysteries. I just read Iron Lake which was a Cork O‘Connor mystery.....so different, yet very good. 2y
lynneamch Love him! He'll be the guest on Friends and Fiction YouTube and FB Live on January 13 at 7pm ET. The F&F women now post their episodes, so you can watch them anytime afterwards. 2y
Nute Read Ordinary Grace on my own. Love it! Read This Tender Land for irl book club...all members loved it! Those two books lead to my discovery of his Cork O‘Connor series...he has a different way of telling a story - I really enjoy his books. 2y
Nute @lynneamch I‘ve never heard of Friends and Fiction YouTube Channel. I‘m going to check it out right now. Thanks for sharing!🙂 2y
AmyG @lynneamch Thank you! 2y
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