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The Reformatory
The Reformatory | Tananarive Due
A gripping, page-turning novel set in Jim Crow Florida that follows Robert Stephen Jones as hes sent to a segregated reform school that is a chamber of terrors where he sees the horrors of racism and injustice, for the living, and the dead. Gracetown, Florida, summer 1950. Robert Stephen Jones Jr. is sent to Gracetown School for Boys for kicking a white boys leg. But the Gracetown School for Boys isnt just any reform school. As Robert finds, its a segregated school that is haunted from the boys who have died there. The Reformatory is an eerie, frightening novel that explores the horrors of our history.
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SomedayAlmost
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Haunting in more ways than one! Spooky ghosts, child abuse & racism plague a Florida reform school in the 1950s. The onslaught of cruelty young Robbie & his sister Gloria encounter can be difficult to listen to, but plot twists and a compelling, ghostly ending make it worth it. #ghoststories #horror #StokerAwardnominee

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readmyeyes
The Reformatory | Tananarive Due
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Currently reading this historical fiction ghost story about a 1950‘s reform school for boys in Jim Crow Florida.

Hard to put this one down!

#ghosts #abuse #racism #historicalfiction #ghoststory

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Bookboss
The Reformatory | Tananarive Due
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This horror novel is set in a haunted reformatory in Florida in the 1950s. The ghosts in the reformatory are nowhere near as scary as the people running the place. The racism and hatred in this book left me breathless. The author includes references to historical people and cases, which had me looking up the true stories. The characters are well-rounded and the writing is propulsive. I am looking forward to reading more of this author‘s work.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
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AudiobookingWithLeah
The Reformatory | Tananarive Due
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3.5⭐
𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬⇩
-Robert‘s POV was by far the more interesting one.
-The haints were a stand-out.
-It sheds light on the deplorable conditions these children were subjected to.
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬⇩
-Gloria‘s POV, while necessary to the story, could‘ve been shaved down quite a bit.
-Multiple POVs with only one narrator, an additional male narrator would‘ve been best.
-Too long…or at least too long for me, although, plenty of people will find this a pro.

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SomedayAlmost
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Only good thing about getting pneumonia is audiobooks. This very scary read, which is up for the Shirley Jackson award for best novel is a truly scary look at haunting of the supernatural and societal kind in the Jim Crow American South.

Bookwomble Ooh, pneumonia sounds exhausting. I hope you're feeling more comfortable soon ❤️‍🩹 1mo
BookmarkTavern Yikes on the pneumonia! Hope you have a quick and complete recovery! 💖 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you‘re feeling better! 1mo
SomedayAlmost Thanks, y‘all! 1mo
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Jen2
The Reformatory | Tananarive Due
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That was intense!

Reggie She just won the Stokercon award for best novel of the year! So happy for her. 2mo
Jen2 That‘s amazing! 2mo
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mariaku21
The Reformatory | Tananarive Due
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This is a book that is going to stay with me long after today.

I am speechless with how much I want to talk about this but also aware I don't have all the words I need to use to express how amazing this book really is. At moments, I was left breathless, hair raised and goosebumps all over from the tension and fear radiating from the pages and in some moments just held in suspense at what I was hearing as Joniece Abbott-Pratt narrated this book

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booklover3258
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Bailedbailed

My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/juz1nuZOlAg

Enjoy!

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KLyn1
The Reformatory | Tananarive Due
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#indiebookstoreday #bookhaul - just supporting the local indie with @JenReadsAlot

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reading.rainb0w
The Reformatory | Tananarive Due
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"Black history is Black horror."

I honestly have nothing else to say.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MizzGraham
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I said what I said 😋

IuliaC It happens sometimes 😂 4mo
dabbe 😂😂😂 4mo
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Suzze
The Reformatory | Tananarive Due
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Two 5‘s, two 4‘s, two 3‘s. Titanic one just released 4/2

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Hooked_on_books
The Reformatory | Tananarive Due
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This book is exceptional. I am blown away, wrecked, and in awe. I both didn‘t want to put it down and had to take breaks from the brutality. Due honors every boy abused, tortured, and/or murdered in schools of this type. This is my first read from her. It won‘t be my last.

BarbaraBB Intrigued by your review. It seems a harsh read. 4mo
AmyG I need to bump this up. 4mo
sarahbarnes Wow. Great review. 4mo
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squirrelbrain This was rumoured for the Women‘s Prize. Guess I need to read it anyway, although it sounds very tough. 4mo
Hooked_on_books @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain It‘s brutal. And worth it. It would have been a worthy women‘s prize contender. 4mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4mo
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Suzze
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A little over 50% done and I can‘t put it down.
@rachelsbrittain

KAO I bought this book when I went to a book promo event with Due herself last fall! I haven‘t read it yet—and you just reminded me that I need to pull this one out! 4mo
Suzze @KAO That happens to me all the time. Someone‘s post reminds me that a book I own really needs to come off the shelf and into my hands! 4mo
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alecia3dixie
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This book was truly amazing. I could feel the raw emotion dripping off the pages. You really did care for these characters. This book made me laugh, cry, shout, and get angry. I do have to say, I think it could have been shortened. I think Gloria's perspective could be cut or at least most parts. At times, there were information dumps that made the pace get very slow. I think that would have taken this amazing book to a spectacular book. 4.5/5

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Litlady
The Reformatory | Tananarive Due
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True fact: #litsypenpals make birthdays extra special! Thank you so much @Beck9lol for all the literary birthday love! I can‘t wait to dive into all of these gems and the houseplant book will give me good tips for future plant babies and help to care for the ones I have. 🌱🪴📚 The puzzle looks like so much fun! I‘m blessed to have an extraordinary, thoughtful and kind book friend! Thanks, Becky, for making my birthday a special one! 🥰📚🎂

Beck9lol Hooray for birthdays! 🎂 Reformatory is a definite buddy read. Let me know when. 🎉 🎈 5mo
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vlwelser
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Think Nickel Boys + ghosts. It's actually really clever what the author does with this. I recommend this for sure. This was my November Aardvark pick.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

#Aardvark @AardvarkBookClub

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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Reggie
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This is such a good book. This is horror but the horror doesn‘t come from the supernatural or made up monsters. Within the first 25 pages the racism of 1950s Florida comes and grabs you by the throat and doesn‘t let go. Half this book is 12 yo Robbie at the school for boys, the other is his sister Gloria doing everything she can to get him out. They both go through their own hell. Due is a great writer, her writing put me right there with 👇🏼

Reggie Robbie and Gloria. Tananarive Due really gave a lesson in how to take something from history and turn it into a story. If you read this, which I think you should, look up every mention of a person, every side characters name. All of them are rooted in the struggle for civil rights in Florida. This book is amazing and took a piece of me with it. 6mo
AmyG Bumping this one up in my kindle. 6mo
Suet624 Stacked! 6mo
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batsy Great review. Added to the list for sure. 6mo
Bookzombie Great review! 6mo
TNbookworm Excellent book and great review! 6mo
Centique This sounds really good. Stacking 😍🤞 5mo
Reggie @AmyG @Suet624 @batsy @Bookzombie @TNbookworm @Centique There were moments when I was so caught up with tension I had to remind myself to relax my hands and shoulders. This is based off a real boys school whose survivors showed up decades later to shut it down. Due has a relation who was buried on the school grounds. Her mother and father were civil rights activists. Hope ya‘ll read it. 5mo
vivastory I think humans are the scariest monsters. A lot of the parts in Stephen King's work that stand out are those committed by people, not the supernatural creatures. 5mo
Reggie @vivastory have you read Due before? Her Good House is one of my top 10 horror. And totally agree. Have you read Under the Dome by King? Where the aliens put the glass jar over a town and everyone freaks out. Love that book. 5mo
vivastory The only one I have read is The Between, but I loved it & I have the Good House on my TBR shelves. I haven't read Under The Dome yet, it's one of the longer King works I have left. Looking forward to it! 5mo
Rissreads Great review! My tbr shelf is getting out of control! I‘ve managed to stack 4 books in minutes from your reviews! This, Cantoras, Under the dome and Almost Perfect! 🤦🏼‍♀️ 5mo
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Reggie
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Of course I had to go down a rabbit hole because I didn‘t think she would throw something random out like that. I had no idea these women existed. Check them out: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/seventy-five-years-ago-militarys-only-all...

julesG Wow! I can understand your rabbit hole jump. 6mo
BarbaraBB Wow! 6mo
Itchyfeetreader Yup would follow you down that rabbit hole 6mo
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Tamra Thank you for sharing! 6mo
AbstractMonica Whoa, that‘s amazing! 6mo
Bookzombie Wow! Thanks for sharing! 6mo
Rissreads Rabbit holes are the best! 🐇 5mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Off to book club tonight…I‘m pretty sure I‘m the only one who finished the book. 😬 Some months are like that I suppose. 🤷‍♀️

LiteraryinLawrence The cover quote saying it‘s the book of the decade is a bold claim! 6mo
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DavidDiamond
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Inspired by the death of her great Uncle at the Dozier School for Boys back in the 1930s, Tananarive Due delivers a gripping and harrowing tale of survival in the face of extreme adversity and cruelty.

Set in the 1950‘s, this is a propulsive page turner that combines engrossing drama and the supernatural while shedding light on the system of dehumanization that, as evidenced by our current prison system, sadly exists to this very day.

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Decalino
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Set in rural Florida in 1950, this unflinching depiction of brutality at a reform school follows 12-year-old Robbie Stephens, sentenced for kicking an older white boy, and his 17-year-old sister Gloria, who is determined to secure his freedom. Ghosts haunt the grounds, but the true monsters are among the living. If I'd known how intense this would be, I might not have read it--but once I'd started, I had to know how it would end. Haunting.

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AbstractMonica
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Whoa, this book made so sad and angry! It was such a great read (although it was incredibly hard to stomach). It was so well written, and I absolute loved Gloria and Robert. This story was loosely based off Florida‘s Dozier School for Boys- and horrific stories of death, abuse, and other maltreatments that eventually came out from adolescents that were victims of the reform school.

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TracyReadsBooks
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I get why this book was on all the “best of” lists last year. It‘s a very well-written, compelling, & heartbreaking story about a boy sentenced to six months in the notorious Gracetown School for Boys after kicking the son of the largest landowner in town. Inspired by her own family‘s history Due crafts a powerful critique of the Jim Crow South. I enjoyed the book but found it as easy to put down as it was to pick it up. Still, a good read.

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Booksandtea23
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Finished my first book of 2024 🤩

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TracyReadsBooks
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Time to start my irl book club selection. This one appeared on a lot of “best of” lists last year and I‘m anticipating a great read. 🤞

BookBelle84 I enjoyed this one way more than I thought I would 7mo
TNbookworm Excellent book! 7mo
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TrishB
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Family book haul 😁
Happy Christmas to those celebrating ❤️

Gissy What lucky you are to receive books today
🎄📚💚❤️💚
7mo
squirrelbrain Great haul! 7mo
Tamra Woot! 7mo
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wanderinglynn Fantastic haul! 7mo
Bookzombie Happy Christmas! 🎄 7mo
Ruthiella What a haul! Merry Christmas! 🎄 7mo
julesG Great haul!! Do I spot yellow NF books? 7mo
TNbookworm Some good books in that stack! The Reformatory is one of the best books I've read this year. Merry Christmas! 7mo
LeahBergen What a happy photo! Merry Christmas, Trish! 😘😘 7mo
CarolynM Fabulous! 7mo
BarbaraBB That is quite the haul! 💕 7mo
batsy Amazing stacks! 7mo
TrishB @TNbookworm looking forward to that one 👍🏻 7mo
julesG Thanks 7mo
Balibee146 Lovely 😍😍 7mo
bthegood Happy Holidays ❄️ 7mo
jlhammar Wow, a beautiful sight! Hope you love the Groff as much as I did. 7mo
TrishB @jlhammar I‘m looking forward to getting to it! 7mo
TrishB @bthegood you too 😁 7mo
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Hooked_on_books
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My December AND November #aardvark boxes arrived today. (I picked my November books on Nov 1, but there was a delay on the Due book, initially well explained then…not so well explained.) My subsequent customer service encounter wasn‘t great, so this will be the end of the line for me with them. Oh well, I have lots of books to read and many places to get them!

TrishB The tagged book was on my Christmas list so I‘m hopeful 🤞🏻 7mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Went to the bookstore to pick up my next irl book club selection and came home with only ONE extra book. I call that a win!

tpixie 😂😂😂 great restraint!!! 7mo
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BookMaven9
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💔💔💔💔💔absolutely devastating!!! I have no words

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angel1
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
One of the best, heartbreaking, chilling historical fiction books I‘ve read. One I think everyone should read.

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Twainy
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I have had The Good House in my library for years … so I bought this and read it first.

Based on a true story? Added some serious ghosts.

A young girl & her younger brother are on their own in Florida when her brother defends her reputation and lands in the reformatory for 2 years due to racially motivated circumstances.

You can guess about the horrors! It‘s thorough, interesting, fueled with honesty.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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KAO
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I read one of award-winning Tananarive Due‘s older books, The Good House, to become familiar with her writing before attending this event. It was frightful! The new book, The Reformatory, sounds amazing. It‘s nominated for best Horror Novel of 2023 on GoodReads.

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ImperfectCJ
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Creepy, emotional, and maddening, this novel is a skillful blending of the scary things in this world and the next. The pacing is a little slow at times but not slow enough to stall my interest. The author's note at the end helps connect the historical aspects of this novel to the present day.

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Christine
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This was incredible! I loved everything about it, including maybe my favorite use of ghosts in a story ever. It's long but also thrilling so it flies by even as it's breaking your heart. FINALLY have read my first Tananarive Due and am eager to explore her backlist bc she's so brilliant (including on social media). I really enjoyed the audio narration, too.

JamieArc This one should be arriving in my mailbox soon. Looking forward to it! 9mo
Christine @JamieArc I hope you love it too!! 9mo
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Breanne1
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Excited for these November #aardvark picks to come my way. Admittedly I‘ve been in a reading slump. I blame it on #acotar hangover. Hopefully I snap out of it soon.

ICantImReading I loved Midnight 😍🌙 9mo
Breanne1 Thanks @ICantImReading I need to get excited for a book again now I can‘t wait to read it. 9mo
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vlwelser
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This is my #aardvark pick for Nov. The description has Nickel Boy vibes + ghosts.

Hooked_on_books I went for this one, too! 9mo
TrishB This looks good 👍🏻 9mo
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swishandflick
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Some November #Aardvark predictions 🤔

Megabooks Exciting!! 9mo
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Addison_Reads
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I adore this author!

Tananarive Due brings her own voice to the terrible atrocities that occurred at the Dozier School. In this book, the school is called the Gracetown Reformatory. The story follows a young man, Robert, sentenced to six months at the school. Robert has a unique gift; he can see haints.

This book deals more with the horrible acts of humans than the supernatural. It was a powerful read.

#NetGalley #Scarathlon #SpookyGhostClub

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