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My Name Is Leon
My Name Is Leon | Kit de Waal
For fans of The Language of Flowers, a sparkling, big-hearted, page-turning debut set in the 1970s about a young black boys quest to reunite with his beloved white half-brother after they are separated in foster care. Leon loves chocolate bars, Saturday morning cartoons, and his beautiful, golden-haired baby brother. When Jake is born, Leon pokes his head in the crib and says, Im your brother. Big brother. My. Name. Is. Leon. I am eight and three quarters. I am a boy. Jake will play with no one but Leon, and Leon is determined to save him from any pain and earn that sparkling baby laugh every chance he can. But Leon isnt in control of this world where adults say one thing and mean another, and try as he might he cant protect his little family from everything. When their mother falls victim to her inner demons, strangers suddenly take Jake away; after all, a white baby is easy to adopt, while a half-black nine-year-old faces a less certain fate. Vowing to get Jake back by any means necessary, Leons own journeyon his brand-new BMX bikewill carry him through the lives of a doting but ailing foster mother, Maureen; Maureens cranky and hilarious sister, Sylvia; a social worker Leon knows only as The Zebra; and a colorful community of local gardeners and West Indian political activists. Told through the perspective of nine-year-old Leon, too innocent to entirely understand what has happened to him and baby Jake, but determined to do what he can to make things right, he stubbornly, endearingly struggles his way through a system much larger than he can tackle on his own. My Name Is Leon is a vivid, gorgeous, and uplifting story about the power of love, the unbreakable bond between brothers, and the truth about what, in the end, ultimately makes a family.
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JennyM
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Leon is a 9 year old forced into foster care and separated from his baby brother. His story is heartbreaking and made me cuddle my little ones closer. However, I just couldn‘t get into the story like I was expecting. I read De Waal‘s second book, which I loved, but this is so very different. Maybe a case of going in with too high expectations - it was just not as good as I hoped it would be.

Cinfhen Awwww, I‘m sorry you didn‘t love it but sometimes high expectations kill a good book!! 3mo
JennyM @Cinfhen yep...I think that definitely happened with this one. 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh my goodness, I loved this book so much. Leon❤️ 3mo
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MrBook Nice review! 3mo
JennyM @JanuarieTimewalker13 I wanted to love it as much as A Trick To Time but I just couldn‘t get into it (edited) 3mo
JennyM @MrBook thanks my friend. And glad to see you settling into your new home 🏡 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I have to read that one! 3mo
MrBook @JennyM ☺️🤗🤗🤗🤗 3mo
Kalalalatja Sorry it wasn‘t a hit, but now you have made me want to read her second book even more! 3mo
Cathythoughts I couldn‘t get into this one either 🤷🏻‍♀️. Yet really loved The Trick to Time 3mo
JennyM @Cathythoughts they are such different books aren‘t they?! I‘ll be interested to see if you like her second book @Kalalalatja - I loved it! Xx 3mo
Cinfhen And it‘s funny but I was really disappointed with 3mo
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Ms_T
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What a beautiful story. The author has tackled an uncomfortable subject with frankness & compassion. Leon is nine years old and after a fraught start to his life is struggling to deal with emotions he doesn‘t understand. The loss he feels sends Leon on a path of despair. The child perspective of this book works wonderfully while Maureen provides the anchor he so desperately needs. A really touching read with lots of lump-in-the-throat moments. 5⭐️

Freespirit Great review! 4mo
Cathythoughts Nice review ♥️👍🏻I attempted this a couple of times , but much preferred Trick To Time .... 2 very different books 4mo
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Kalalalatja
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Oh, Leon 💔 while this story is tough and unfair and hard, it is also hopeful, beautiful and sweet. Seeing how Leon deals with things bigger than himself, emotions he doesn‘t understand and people moving in and out of his life, squeezed my heart and gave me a lump in my throat.

The writing was stunning, and I‘m amazed that this is a debut 👌

TrishB A wonderful read ❤️ 4mo
limada I almost picked this up at a book sale a couple of weeks ago. This quick review makes me sad that I didn't. 4mo
JennyM Looking forward to getting to this very soon 😘 4mo
ephemeralwaltz Loved this! Another great child narrator. 4mo
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Kalalalatja
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It is too damn hot to sit outside, so I‘m sweating and reading on the couch instead 😅

I can feel this book is going to break my heart, but I can‘t stop reading!

#currentlyreading

TrishB It‘s definitely going to squeeze it a bit! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Oh, be prepared. I loved it! 4mo
BarbaraBB Love your Danish design room! 😍 4mo
marleed Your living space is so beautiful! 4mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm Leon is really great ❤️❤️ @BarbaraBB @marleed thank you! This is the first apartment that feels truly like us, like our home, and I‘m loving that feeling 👌 4mo
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Kalalalatja
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I‘m having trouble deciding which of these two books I want to read next, so I‘m going to try a chapter of each and see which graps me the most 📖🤞

MicheleinPhilly Forget the books, just eat the candy! 🤪 4mo
britt_brooke That candy is so pretty. 😍 4mo
Kalalalatja @MicheleinPhilly I *might* have taken this pic two hours ago, and then watched two episodes of Quiet Eye while eating candy 🙊😅 4mo
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KarenUK When God was a rabbit is one of my favorites 💕 (edited) 4mo
JennyM I have My name is Leon by my bed to read in a book or 2. When God was a Rabbit is lovely. What did you pick?? 4mo
TrishB They‘re both great. 4mo
Kalalalatja @KarenUK @JennyM both openings were great, but I‘m feeling a teeny bit more drawn to My Name is Leon, so I think I‘m going with that. But when I started reading I realised I was too tired to really read, so I‘ll bring it to work tomorrow, since it is another slow day 4mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB I‘m getting that feeling! 4mo
JennyM @Kalalalatja Hope the candy was yummy 😋 4mo
ephemeralwaltz My name is Leon is great! 4mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 My Name is Leon...5⭐️ loved it! 4mo
ferskner As long as the candy stays. 4mo
Cathythoughts I loved The Rabbit 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
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Kalalalatja
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#bookmail to brighten my weekend. I have already listened to the one on the left, but I need a print copy for my office so I can look stuff up about teenagers when needed 😄

The tagged book is a total blame it on @Cinfhen and @TrishB 🙌

TrishB Hope you love it ❤️ 4mo
Cinfhen It was such a pick for me!!!! Hope you love Leon as much as @TrishB and me ❤️ 4mo
Cinfhen Also, how‘s your new job going??? 4mo
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Kalalalatja I hope so too! @TrishB @Cinfhen 🤞 and the job is going well! I‘m starting to feel busy, but in a good way, and I love getting to have therapy sessions. Although, therapy sessions with teenagers are... something, let‘s just call it that 😅 but it is interesting, and I‘m just happy having something to do! 4mo
Cinfhen That‘s fantastic!!!! 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm I loved Leon too! Hope you will! 4mo
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GirlWellRead
My Name Is Leon | Kit de Waal
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I love British authors, I love their cadence, their phrasing, and feel a sense of kinship. de Waal is no exception, and I cant wait to read what she publishes next.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Leon and his brother Jake are fostered by Maureen. When Jake is adopted by another family, Leon feels alone and vulnerable, and misses his brother so much. Maureen assures him #wecanworkitout even though she‘s ailing.
This is a beautiful novel and you‘ll fall in love with it.
And look at all the gorgeous covers of the book.
#HeyJune

Cinfhen Leon!!! Loved this book ❤️ 1y
Kalalalatja Why haven‘t I read this yet!?! 😱 1y
ephemeralwaltz Great pick! 1y
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Libby1
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Leon‘s foster mother is a woman called Maureen. She has curly red hair like a halo, a tummy “like Father Christmas”, and swears like a trouper. But she will fight for this boy. 🧡

#SheLovesYou
#HeyJune

@Cinfhen
@GypsyKat

Cinfhen Such a powerful story ❣️❣️❣️loved this book 1y
Cinfhen Great pick 👍🏻 1y
TrishB Great read 👍🏻 1y
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GypsyKat I may have to read this! 1y
Libby1 I loved this one, too, @Cinfhen . ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Libby1 @GypsyKat - it is EXCELLENT. 1y
Libby1 @TrishB 💕 1y
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ReadingRuby
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My Name is Leon is such a heartwarming but heartbreaking story. I just wanted to reach in and hug Leon tight and tell him everything would be ok. The narration by Lenny Henry is perfect

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ReadingRuby
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I‘ve had to do two four hour drives over the last two days, and I don‘t think I could have made it through without an audiobook to keep me company during most of it 😴🚘😴
Enjoying My Name Is Leon very much so far, the narration is perfect although he gives all the characters Brummy accents and I haven‘t heard any references to Birmingham? And it‘s brought me nearly to tears a few times which wasn‘t the best while driving!

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RealLifeReading
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I was marveling at the different covers for this book. The one I‘m reading is the bottom left. Which one do you prefer?

wanderinglynn I like the top right one. 2y
Logcabingal Top left 😊 2y
Chellebearss Bottom right 😀 2y
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Wife Lower right 🌹 2y
MoniqueReads305 I like the bottom right. 2y
JennyM Bottom right 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have the bottom right! 2y
Beckys_Books Bottom right 2y
Titania I'm an oddball - top right 2y
Dragon Bottom right 2y
emilyhaldi I have the top left 💐🌼🌸🌷🌹🌺 2y
LibrarianRyan Top right. The others are too flowery. 2y
Kalalalatja I really love top left 👌 2y
BiblioLitten Top right. My state of mind in the thread like cloud😀 2y
RealLifeReading @wanderinglynn @Titania @LibrarianRyan @BiblioLitten I kinda like that one too but after reading the book I like how the bean plant comes into play 2y
RealLifeReading @Chellebearss @wife @MoniqueReads305 @jennym @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Beckys_Books @dragon I looked up “Scarlet Emperor” a type of runner bean that they talk about in the book and it looks like that illustration! 2y
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RealLifeReading
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I decided to try reading a bit of a sample of this book yesterday then got hooked and downloaded the library ebook to read - neglecting, of course, all those other books I‘ve already downloaded or are sitting on my shelf waiting to be read (for years!).
It‘s a debut novel that won the Irish Novel of the Year 2017. And its main character is a young biracial boy stuck in the foster care system in 1980s Birmingham. And so far a great read!

Cinfhen I LOVED Leon ~ reminded me of JoJo from 2y
HKGirl Sounds like a really interesting book! Also, tea and digestives 😍😍 2y
emilyhaldi I've had this book in my stacks for a while! Need to pick it up 😅 2y
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JanuarieTimewalker13 One of my fave books from last year. Leon❤️ 2y
tracey38 Many times I have gotten into a new book, avoiding yet again the pile I've had forever and need to read. ☺ 2y
RealLifeReading @Cinfhen it is a really good book! 2y
RealLifeReading @HKGirl the book mentioned digestives so I had to have one 😀 2y
RealLifeReading @emilyhaldi definitely! I really enjoyed it. It‘s a quick read but sad 2y
RealLifeReading @JanuarieTimewalker13 I can see why. It‘s a great read 2y
RealLifeReading @tracey38 yes exactly 😀 2y
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Cathythoughts
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This is next up for me .... I hear good things 👍🏻

TrishB I loved it 💕 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB oh that‘s good to hear 👍🏻 2y
ephemeralwaltz Yes!! Enjoyed it too. 2y
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Cathythoughts @ephemeralwaltz that‘s good to hear too. I‘ve made a start , I‘m a bit “ iffy” 😬 but I will continue on another bit 👍🏻 (edited) 2y
ephemeralwaltz @Cathythoughts Because of the perspective? I myself love child perspectives but I promise the story is worth it!! Very original and very well historically placed. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I loved this. Hope you‘ll like it. 2y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm good to hear .. ... I‘ll keep going ( struggling a bit with it ) 2y
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Ms_T
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Cathythoughts 👍🏻 2y
arlenefinnigan YES! been meaning to buy this for ages, thanks for the heads-up 😊 2y
TrishB A great read 👍🏻 2y
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Ms_T @arlenefinnigan You‘re welcome! 2y
Ms_T @TrishB I saw your review so couldn‘t resist. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Set in early 80s Britain, this is a heartrending story from the POV of a 9yr old. In his journey to search for his half brother & his drug-dependent mother, he discovers his identity, human connection & love among unexpected people. Well written, characters realistically drawn, it shows the realities of foster care & adoption system, the difficulties foster children undergo, the role of social workers & foster care givers.I just want to hug Leon.

erzascarletbookgasm I remember @Cinfhen ‘s recommendation on this and her subsequent giveaway, so it‘s definitely a #blameitonCinfhen #blameitonlitsy for #Booked2018 (edited) 2y
ephemeralwaltz Yes! Really enjoyed this one. 2y
4thhouseontheleft Oh, wow. I need to read this! I‘m adopted, and my birth mother also struggled with addiction. Which prompt did you read this for #Booked2018? 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @4thhouseontheleft this was for #blameitonlitsy 🙂I hope you‘ll get to read it. Sad yet hopeful. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Just a couple of chapters into my #currentread and I have a feeling this is going to be a beautiful and touching story.

TrishB It is ❤️ though sad.... 2y
ephemeralwaltz It is! 2y
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RachaelusGilkinius
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Excited by these two books which came in yesterday. The first is a book I chose from Irish Arts Center‘s 8th annual Book Day (an event in New York I run...we hand out thousands of free books across all 5 boroughs to celebrate Irish literature on St. Patrick‘s Day). The other I bought after a friend posted on FB & I felt compelled to do so.
If you‘re in NYC next Saturday, check out locations for a free book at irishartscenter.org. #bookhaul #getlit

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ephemeralwaltz
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Set against the 1980s riots in England, two brothers are put in foster care after their mother has a mental breakdown and can't care for them. Jake, a white baby, is adopted fairly quickly, leaving his 9-year-old brother Leon, a half black boy, asking himself why his life/world is changing so quickly in ways he doesn't understand. This is written from Leon's point of view - which makes the story even more emotional!

⭐⭐⭐⭐

ju.ca.no Sounds intriguing! 2y
myers85 Good review! 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
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Started this one yesterday. Opinions??

TrishB I read earlier this week and enjoyed it. Sad though. 2y
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TrishB
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Literally had a lump in my throat the whole way through reading this . Leon will break your heart 💔
So many kids with these challenges.

Cinfhen Leon 😍😍😍 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen he was just so lost wasn‘t he ❤️ 2y
Cinfhen I loved his foster caregivers ~ 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen they were amazing 👍🏻 ordinary people doing extraordinary things. 2y
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TrishB
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Valentines books from hubby ❤️ paired with my valentine docs.
These books are definitely all #blameitonlitsy

batsy Lovely! ❤️ 2y
rachaich What an ace gift :) 2y
UrsulaMonarch Excellent pairing! 😍 2y
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shawnmooney Oooh hope you love Ocean Vuong‘s poetry at least half as much as I do! 😍 2y
Cinfhen Love the DOCS and great book haul 💗 2y
Eggs The shoes 👠❣️❣️❣️ 2y
Cathythoughts Lovely books ! & Valentine docs !! I‘ve seen it all now ! They are divine ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I love everything in this picture!! 2y
K.Wielechowski Ooo I was looking at A Gentleman in Moscow only yesterday and considered buying it but left it on its shelf. I can't wait to see what you think of it. (edited) 2y
TrishB @shawnmooney I have coveted it since buying it for @RachelO in a book swop! So really pleased to finally own. Looking forward to it. 2y
RachelO @TrishB ❤️❤️❤️I loved it! 2y
TrishB @RachelO looking forward to it even more now! 2y
LeahBergen Awesome! 2y
Reggie So sweet!!! 2y
MiyakoBunny Those docs are dope!!!! 2y
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JenFowler
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To summarize this in one word.. heartbreaking.
This is another one that is told from the point of view of a child. A 9 yr old boy named Leon. When you look at the world from his angle, you see it in a whole new light. It touches on many topics such as the foster care system, racism, mental illness...and its done in a beautiful and unique way.

Linda906 You have sold me- I need to read this. Great, heartbreaking review! 2y
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Evelien
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I got everything i need to start with this book.

RachelO You look suitably prepared! I really need to get to this one soon too. 2y
Evelien @RachelO you should it is amazing and i allready needed the tissues 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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All of these have #flowers on the cover! They have been given to me or suggested by other littens ❤️🌸🧡🌼 I hope to get to them soon!!

#Newyearreads

amvs1111 Ooooh! Love your edition's cover of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan! (edited) 2y
Coco Uprooted is one of my all time favorites!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @amvs1111 thank you!!! 💕💕 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Coco can‘t wait!! ❤️ 2y
emilyhaldi I just got this one and really looking forward to it! I believe it‘s a #blameitoncindy purchase @Cinfhen 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @emilyhaldi mine is too!!! I want to say @erzascarletbookgasm recommended it... 🤔 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I think it‘s @Cinfhen to blame for the book! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @emilyhaldi I got the book after reading her review! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @erzascarletbookgasm haha!!! Dang it!!! 📚📚📚😘😘😘 @Cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Yay!!! And how gorgeous is that cover?!?!? But now the pressure😬😬hope u guys #LoveLeon @emilyhaldi @erzascarletbookgasm Misty, I'm pretty sure you'll be a fan 🤞🏼 2y
Hollie I‘ve read a couple of those! I want to read Idaho soon! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen I‘m sure I will!!! 💙💙 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Hollie all of these are tbr!!! 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2y
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Saari84
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Having a great Cup of tea (in this case a roobis- caramell- Latte🤤) and a good book. What else can you ask for?! 😍😁

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Cinfhen
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#EmojiNov #👋🏼 My Name is Leon is such a phenomenal novel that has not gotten enough #LitsyLove 😲Leon's mom is having a difficult time. She can't manage her 2 boys😢Leon is a precious eight yr old and bi-racial his baby brother Jake, is white. When social services intervenes they separate the boys, but Leon made a promise to Jake. And he will fight to get Jake back in his life. Sooo good!!!

TrishB This looks good 👍 2y
Kalalalatja Why is this still on my tbr!? 😱 2y
bedandabook It‘s been on my tbr for ages too! Must bump it up, sounds great. 2y
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Cinfhen It's such a great story #AllTheFeels definitely bump it up @bedandabook @Kalalalatja @TrishB 2y
Cathythoughts Sounds really good 👍 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I bought this recently, must push it further up my #mounttbr ! 2y
TrishB I think it will make the Christmas wish list 👍 2y
Abailliekaras I really want to read this! 2y
AmyG Beautiful cover. 2y
emilyhaldi Great blurb! Stackinng 2y
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Evelien
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#blameitonlitsy one of my litsy friends read this and recommend it and finally i found. Next stop will be the supermarket to buy some tissues. Appartly this book will break your heart.

Cinfhen Loved this book!!! Definitely get the tissues 2y
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Zoe_reads_books
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My September reading wrap up. Bit of a slow reading month, but I really enjoyed all the books I read!

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erzascarletbookgasm
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These books followed me home today. #bookhaul #blameitonlitsy

TrishB I think I may read the O'Farrell one next! It was waving to me this morning from the tbr! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB I was actually on the look out for her other book, which you gave a wonderfully convincing review, but the bookstore didn't have it. But this one sounds good! 2y
TrishB I would still definitely recommend the other one 😀 Although I've read 2 so far and liked them both! 2y
Birdsong28 They followed you home cos they knew they were going to a good place 📖📚 2y
Cathythoughts Maggie OFarrell 👍👍👍❤️ 2y
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MarticaMustRead
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💙📮📚📖📫🤓 #BookMail #BOTM#GoodReadsWin #BookCoverLove #TBR #DiverseReads

Came home to a double whammy book mail arrival!🤓

Both my GoodReads win & my BOTM selection were waiting for me by my door this evening!!😍

Jinjer Gimme the chubby donut and chubby mug!!!! 2y
mrozzz Nice!! 👍🏻😍 2y
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Zoe_reads_books
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MrBook 😻😻😻 2y
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MarticaMustRead
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????????? #GoodReadsWin #TBR #ForTheLoveOfBooks #BookwormProblems

I won!??❤

Just got an email notification of my win for this novel which I hear is wonderfully heartfelt & perfect for fans of "The Language of Flowers" which I happened to love, therefore I'm pretty excited to get my hands on this! ?

Sace Congrats! 2y
MrBook WOOHOO!!!! Congratulations 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!!!! This makes me happy ☺️👌🏻! 2y
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Clare_Riley
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What a wonderful book. I knew that it was going to be a tough read when I got to page 49 with a sizeable lump in my throat - and that continued throughout the whole 262 pages of the book.
It's the story of a mixed-race boy in the foster system. And yes, that is an important part of the story. His baby, white, brother is adopted quickly. He is not. His foster mother is wonderful though. This is such a good story.

RachelO I keep forgetting to track down a copy of this one - sound so good! 2y
Clare_Riley @RachelO it really is good! Get yourself a copy asap!!😉 2y
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Clare_Riley
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Bookmail! And the best kind: a free book from mumsnet.com!

Libby1 This one is excellent. 2y
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charl08
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Finally finished a book - now onto this one. #24in48

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TheKidUpstairs
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Three cheers for #bookmail!!! Thanks so much, @Cinfhen! I'm really looking forward to reading it 😁

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Cinfhen
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Congrats to @TheKidUpstairs 🎉🎉🎉You won the #LetterLLove Giveaway 💞💞💞Thanks to everyone who played along and for all of your kind words and wishes!!! Stay tuned...I have more summer giveaways planned 😊#PayingItForwardMovement {Megan, please email me at cindyh666 at icloud.com with your mailing address}

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TrishB Congrats 🎉🎉 2y
TheKidUpstairs Really!?! Yay! Thank you so much! I'll email you right away 😊 2y
Cinfhen Got your email @TheKidUpstairs Congrats 🎉 😁💖 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations! 2y
UnidragonFrag Congrats! 🎉🎊 2y
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Cinfhen
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LOTS of LOVE for LEON💖Leon is dark skinned, his baby brother Jake is light skinned, lots of families want a white skinned baby. Leon is 8 & 3/4 not many families want that 😥Thank God for kind, generous foster parents- who recognize EVERY CHILD deserves to be loved. More love for social workers , who fight for these children 😘Heartfelt story of love & what constitutes a family. Some crying may have occurred. And post anniversary breakfast 😊

Bambolina_81 Great review, I have this on my TBR! Think it just got bumped up ☺️ 2y
julesG Great review. Stacked! 2y
Cinfhen Thanks guys, I'm thinking of doing a giveaway of this book so stay tuned... @Bambolina_81 @julesG 😃 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review and such a yummy picture 😊 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Great review. Also stacked! 2y
Reviewsbylola My boss is court appointed in a lot of dependency cases. Heart wrenching how many kids you see in the system. Each story is worse than the next. 😢 2y
DebinHawaii The book sounds great and breakfast looks delicious! 😋👍 2y
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Cinfhen
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THIS❤️BOOK❤️It's making me ugly cry all morning😭😭😭😭sooo good! Stack it!!!!

Evelien I am looking for a book that maked me ugly cry. Is it good? 2y
Cinfhen Soooooo good! @Evelien 2y
emilyhaldi Sounds heartbreaking!! Stacking for the the future when I'm in the mood for a good cry 😭 2y
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Ms_T If you insist.... #Stacked 2y
Libby1 It is EXCELLENT. ❤️ 2y
Jas16 Already read it or else I would! 2y
DeborahSmall I got this ARC in December and still haven't read it 🙈 2y
Cinfhen It's hitting ALL the right buttons @emilyhaldi @Ms_T @DeborahSmall @Jas16 @Libby1 💓💓💓 2y
Reviewsbylola I love the flowers and also the colors of the book cover! 2y
Centique And oh those flowers! 😍 2y
Cinfhen I'll be posting those flowers all week 😂😂😂 @Reviewsbylola @Centique and I'll probably be finished with the book tomorrow 💙💚💙💚 2y
EllieDottie Stacked!! 2y
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Jeg
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In the end had to speed read . A great insight to what it might be like to be in the foster system. From a kids view point.

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Nebklvr
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Leon took care of his baby brother until they were separated. Leon, a biracial 9 year old, stays in foster care while his white baby brother is adopted. Everyone thinks they know all there is to know about Leon and they think they know what is best for him. But Leon keeps his life compartmentalized so no one knows too much about him. He has learned one thing well: you can not trust anyone. Heartbreaking and hopeful.

Cinfhen 💔 3y
Texreader This sounds amazing. I already ❤️ Leon. Don't think I could read it though. Sad books about youngsters I love are too much for me. 3y
Nebklvr @Texreader Actually, if you could hold out until the end, I think you would love it 3y
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Jeg
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We have a visitors card for the library here. So these were my pick. Very random. @MrsMalaprop as you can see I'm having another go at Ali Smith. The little book on Scotland was interesting. Lots of facts I did not know. Like --- Dundee is the only city in Scotland that faces south and, as such, clams to be the country's sunniest city. We are going there today. Must add , for first day in a week the sun is shinning here. 😎

MrsMalaprop Yay! Good luck with Ali Smith. I've not read that one. 3y
Jeg @MrsMalaprop I've had a try but just don't get her. This was written when libraries in UK being closed. I found the little true observations at the beginning of each story about what libraries have meant to different people , to be very interesting. The stories not for me. 3y
MrsMalaprop At least you tried 👍🏻. 3y
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Nebklvr
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My lunch time!

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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Leon loved riding his bike, so bike riding is the sport I'm choosing, bc Leon is my favorite protagonist of all time.
#GIVEAWAYSPORTS.

tpixie Wear a helmet! 3y
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Suraja
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Current read.

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍😀 3y
Suraja @DebinHawaii Thankyou! 🌌 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh, this book! You will love it! 3y
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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This book will remain in my heart for a very long time. Heartbreaking yet hopeful. Oh how I adore Leon, and the story is just so well written and so well done from a child's perspective. Great book. A must read!

Libby1 Lovely. I got a copy of this last year for my birthday. I loved it. My UK cover is white and orange and black and shows Leon on his bike. 😊 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Libby1 I would love to see that cover!! In fact, I was contemplating buying the U.K. Edition bc this is a library book and this is such a great book! They changed some of the language I think in the US edition-it bothered me when they used potato chips instead of crisps. When I pick up a book written by a British author, I like authenticity of the language. It's fun for an American to see words like pram and crisps, etc. 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Libby1 I was so sad it didn't make the Bailey's long list!!! 3y
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Starting this lovely tonight, and yes, I'm already cozy in bed bc it's foggy out and chilly here in coastal NJ. I can't really think of a better place than bed right now. Lol. With blueberries, of course-I'm getting them now. Bed, books and blueberries, oh, and the camera shy cat! 👍🏽

Notafraidofwords I'm from NJ too, by Newark. Are you in south Jersey? 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 I'm in Sandy Hook area, Central Jersey ! 3y
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readeatretreat
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Really enjoying my #Audible pick this month, read by the very charming Lenny Henry ☺

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ScorpioBookDreams
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*** Book provided by NetGalley and publisher in exchange for an honest review ***

I'm pretty sure this is going to be one of my favourite books of 2017. Told from the perspective of nine-year-old Leon, a mixed-race foster child, and set during the race riots in Birmingham in the 1980s, this is a compelling narrative about identity, family and race. I couldn't put this book down and would definitely recommend it.

Libby1 Wonderful, wonderful book. I received it as a birthday gift last year and am I ever glad I did. 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 This a 2017 must read for me. 3y
Buddys_Momma This is in my tbr, will have to dig it out and read it soon😀 3y
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