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Twisted | Laurie Halse Anderson
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I just love Laurie Halse Anderson. I began listening on @scribd to her novel Twisted, and I was immediately swept away. The protagonist, Tyler, embodies so much of what is great about teenagers: self-discovery, wavering self-confidence, and an earnest attempt to do what is right. While some of the twists and turns seemed to be a little overdramatized, I left convinced (once again!) of Anderson's ability to dig into the minds of teenagers.⠀

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Wenjack | Joseph Boyden
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Joseph Boyden's Wenjack is a masterpiece, a concise, spare, and poetic story of Chanie, a nine-year-old Ojibwe boy who was taken from his home and placed in an Indian school designed to assimilate him into the Canadian culture. His escape with two other boys moves through his perspective and the views of the animals who accompany him on his journey in a beautiful, heartbreaking account.⠀

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Five Feet Apart | Rachael Lippincott
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I have a LOT of feelings about both this book AND the movie adaptation (although maybe I should say this screenplay, book adaptation, and subsequent movie adaptation? There are many layers here). Check out our varying opinions about Five Feet Apart in our most recent podcast episode to see what each of us thinks. Then share your opinion—we‘d love to know what you think!!

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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Our newest episode of Unabridged features our reflection on the sessions we attended at the Virginia Festival of the Book. This was our first Unabridged Field Trip, and we had SO. MUCH. FUN. (as you probably guessed if you follow us on social media). Tune in to find out just how much we can go on about meeting some of our literary heroes.

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Sunny | Jason Reynolds
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Jason Reynolds's Track series concludes with Sunny and Lu. In these final two books, he continues doing what he did so well with Ghost and Patina: developing unique characters who have faced tragedy and have struggled. For each of the four, the Defenders track team offers friends, family, an amazing mentor in Coach, and something to strive for beyond themselves. What a fabulous middle-grade series . . . though I loved it just as much!!!

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Puddin' | Julie Murphy
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Julie Murphy's Puddin' confirms (after Ramona Blue and Dumplin') me as a read-everything-she-writes fan. In this companion to Dumplin', we return to Clover City through the perspectives of Millie Michalchuk (one of my favorite characters from Dumplin') and Callie Reyes (who thoroughly annoyed me in the first novel). Watching these characters work toward a clear understanding both of who they are and of who they want to be is a beautiful thing.

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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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In our latest episode, we check in with an update about the books we'd listed on our YA TBR episode. You can find out what I thought about Neal Shusterman's SCYTHE and about Tahereh Maif's SHATTER ME series . . . and pick up a few other recommendations along the way.

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Thanks to #partner @NetGalley for the digital ARC in exchange for an honest review. The book releases on April 2.⠀

I requested Aisha Saeed‘s novel for two reasons: (1) I absolutely adored her #ownvoices novel Amal Unbound, which was a 2018 Global Read Aloud selections, and (2) Aladdin is one of my favorite Disney movies ever. I can‘t count how often my best friend and I watched that film.

Check out my review at unabridgedpod.com/book-reviews

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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Laurie Halse Anderson's poetic memoir Shout is perfection. The book is about her rape, but it's also about her recovery, her childhood, her family, her history, her strength, her life, her writing . . . you get the point. I can't adequately express the beauty of her poetry. I'll simply say: you should read this book. (And hearing her speak with Jason Reynolds at the VA Festival of the Book deepened my appreciation for the book and the author.)

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Queen of Air and Darkness | Cassandra Clare
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Great conclusion to this trilogy. Clare is SUCH a great storyteller, and while I wouldn't call this a flawless novel, it's compelling and moving and thought-provoking. She definitely is offering commentary here on our current political situation, on tolerance, on identity, and I appreciate SO much her willingness to take on big issues through her fantasy realm. Can't wait for the next series! (She's got two more coming out this year!)

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