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JacintaMCarter

JacintaMCarter

Joined May 2016

Hello. My name is Jacinta. I am a book addict. bookhoardersanonymous.weebly.com
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Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens
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The Kill Sign by Nichole Christoff
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The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
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The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
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Life of Pi by Yann Martel
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All at Sea: A Memoir by Decca Aitkenhead
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The Fireman by Joe Hill
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The Fall Guy: A Novel by James Lasdun
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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
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Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
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The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor
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NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
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The thunder-pup by Janet Hickman
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, Kyle Freeman
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Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
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Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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#2022Book78
It seemed like Rushdie was trying to do too much with this book. It‘s a political commentary, a literary satire, an investigation of our obsession with celebrity, a look at the opioid epidemic, and so much more. I think if he had narrowed his focus a little, the story would have worked better, but instead there is just way too much going on so the plot is all over the place.

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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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#2022Book77
This book was beautifully written and I can‘t wait to read more by this author. The characters are flawed in ways that make you want to shake them, but also hug them and encourage them to keep fighting. And even though what the main character wanted was usually at odds with the motivations of the ogbanje living inside her, I still wanted all of them to succeed.

batsy Great review! This book was so powerful and left a strong impression. 4d
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Tangled | Emma Chase
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#2022Book76
Well, that audiobook was 8 hours of misogynistic bullshit I‘ll never get back. It‘s doubly infuriating that it was written by a woman. I rarely say this, but I genuinely hated this book.

TrishB Well done for finishing! I‘d have definitely bailed. 1w
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#2022Book75
Books like this are so important, because Americans are taught only that the bombs had to be dropped to end the war and were therefore good. We don‘t learn the consequences or how many civilians were killed, injured, or left with lifelong disabilities and illnesses from the fallout. If I taught world history, I would absolutely use excerpts from this book in my class, even though it would likely anger a certain demographic of parents.

kbibliophilific Isn‘t it so ironic how reality can anger so many… thought provoking! 2w
BarbaraBB Very important. I once visited Hiroshima and think many more people should. The damage and effects of the bomb are still everywhere 2w
TrishB All countries cover up their own ‘bad‘ actions. I was only ever taught the British Empire was a good thing for everyone…… 2w
SamAnne always an emotional topic with my parents. They came of age in the 40s and both lost several highschool friends on the WWII Pacific front. My family (before I was born) was stationed in Japan for 4 years in the 60s, when the war was still very raw. They fell in love with Japan and the Japanese friends they made there. I firmly believe there was no reason to drop the bomb—it was a nuclear test. But Also complicated for my parents generation. (edited) 2w
SamAnne And to emphasize I‘m opposed to the use of nuclear weapons. And that‘s where my parents‘ views ended up. Actually my Dad became a vocal war opppnet in his 70s and 80s. But they also put me in my place as an opionated 20-something: you weren‘t losing your friends. You weren‘t there. 2w
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The Shakespeare Stealer | Gary Blackwood
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#2022Book74
I read this several times when I was younger and loved it, so I decided to see if it held up now that I‘m an adult. For the most part, yes. It‘s still an enjoyable story with memorable characters. Now that I know more about Shakespearean London, though, I wonder if Blackwood took a few too many liberties with historical accuracy. But overall, it‘s still a fun read that I highly recommend for middle grade students.

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#GIRLBOSS | Sophia Amoruso
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#2022Book73
I‘m always a little skeptical about these “you can do anything if you just try” books, but Amoruso seems a lot more genuine than many super-successful young people. She doesn‘t shy away from talking about her mistakes and she makes it clear that her rise to the top wouldn‘t have happened without several missteps along the way.

smalldogs_bigbooks2419 I forget which streaming service it was on but there was briefly a show about her story as well. Just one season I think. 2w
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#2022Book72
I loved everything about this book. I went into it knowing nothing about the plot, so it took a couple chapters to completely understand what was going on, but after that I was hooked. I wanted to sit and read the whole thing in one sitting, but I also wanted to take my time to make the story last longer. This will definitely make my favorite books list this year and I‘ll likely reread it several times in the future.

LiteraryinLawrence Whoa, high praise! 3w
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#2022Book71
TJ Klune might be my favorite character writer. I loved every character in this novel and would have gladly spent even more time with them. Honestly, between this book and The House in the Cerulean Sea, I would just like to live in a TJ Klune novel.

wanderinglynn Me too! I love both of these worlds. 💚 3w
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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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#2022Book70
I enjoyed this book and I think it‘s one every kid should read. I especially liked getting to hear from multiple characters to help understand how differently everyone experienced the same events.

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Gabi, a Girl in Pieces | Isabel Quintero
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#2022Book69
Based on the cover, I didn‘t realize this story was going to be completely based in reality. That‘s not a complaint, just a comment on my own “judging a book by its cover.” Instead, this book tells the story of a young girl learning to find acceptance amongst her family, friends, and crushes. I really liked the overall story, but it felt like there was more slut-shaming and fat-shaming than necessary.

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The Children on the Hill | Jennifer McMahon
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#2022Book68
I liked most of this book, and was glad that part of it turned out the way I predicted. But one of the big twists just didn‘t feel like it fit the tone of the rest of the story.

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#2022Book67
This was a great biography of a painter I knew very little about going into the story. I only wish they had given more details about some of the darker parts of his life instead of just quickly skimming over them.

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In the Heights: Finding Home | Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter, Quiara Alegría Hudes
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#2022Book66
I‘ve been slightly obsessed with In the Heights since watching their Tony‘s performance back in 2008, and I loved the movie as well. So getting to learn more about the show‘s creation and seeing Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s annotations included with the lyrics was exactly what I needed. If you enjoy this show and are even slightly interested in Broadway musicals, I highly recommend checking this one out.

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Moonglow | Michael Chabon
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#2022Book65
For the most part, I enjoyed this book and I loved getting to know all of the characters. The war sections, however, tended to drag on and didn‘t really fit the tone of the rest of the story.

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Calypso | David Sedaris
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#2022Book64
I‘ve been a fan of Sedaris for a while, but hadn‘t gotten around to reading this book yet. I‘m glad I chose the audiobook for it, because listening to Sedaris read his own words is definitely the best way to go.

CoffeeNBooks I agree! I love listening to him! 1mo
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Before and Again | Barbara Delinsky
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#2022Book63
I liked the characters and the majority of the plot, but one of the major conflicts seemed kind of tossed in sporadically when it should have been the main storyline. The main character also kept regressing instead of growing until finally doing a complete 180 in the last chapter.

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Beautiful Redemption | Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
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#2022Book62
This was my least favorite book in the series. The stakes were high, but once again the characters didn‘t have to work very hard to succeed. And I‘m always bothered by the “I‘m more heartbroken about the death of someone I‘ve know less than a year than the people who have known them for 18 years” trope.

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Beautiful Chaos | Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
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#2022Book61
The problems in this novel were more interesting than those from the first two books in the series. But, once again, all of the solutions were just kind of conveniently stumbled upon. And, though I‘m sure I‘m in the minority here, I kind of wish the series had ended with this one, because that would have been an unexpected and interesting way to end things.

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Dream Dark: A Beautiful Creatures Story | Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
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#2022Book60
I really enjoyed getting to know more about Link, the best friend character from the rest of the series. Unfortunately, this story was so short that it ended right when it was getting exciting.

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Beautiful Darkness | Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
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#2022Book59
I liked that most of the side characters got to do a lot more in this book, because they‘re still more interesting than the two main characters. My problem with this novel is that every solution just seemed a little too convenient. Instead of the characters really working or fighting to beat the “bad guys,” things just kind of worked in their favor every time.

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#2022Book58
This will likely end up as one of my favorite books this year. I love novels that cover multiple decades and follow various members from one family, and this novel did that so well! Brit Bennett is an amazing writer, and her books always have complex characters, a compelling plot, and absolutely gorgeous sentences.

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Wish You Were Here | Jodi Picoult
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#2022Book57
I‘ve loved all of Jodi Picoult‘s books so far, and this one is no different. The characters were wonderfully complex and the settings were beautifully described. The shift between Part One and Part Two caught me completely off guard, but in the best possible way. That being said, I definitely enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second half. And I wish the ending hadn‘t been quiet so open.

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Beautiful Creatures | Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
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#2022Book56
I was skeptical at first because this book was giving me Twilight-ish vibes, but it ended up getting better. I wasn‘t a huge fan of the ending, though, as I hate the “I‘ll risk everyone who‘s been here my whole life in order to save this dude I barely know” thing, but I understand that‘s a popular trope in YA novels. I do hope that Ridley and Marian are in the sequels, though, because I liked them way more than the main characters.

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The Gilded Wolves | Roshani Chokshi
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#2022Book55
I loved the plot and setting of this story, and I‘m a sucker for a heist gone wrong. The characters, however, were all kind of interchangeable. I had to keep flipping back to remind myself of the differences between some of them, because they all pretty much had the same personalities. While I loved the story itself, the static characters made it hard to have any sort of emotional response to what happened to them.

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Backlash | Sarah Littman
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#2022Book54
This book does a great job showing the effects of cyber bullying on both the victim and the bully. A few elements of the story seemed slightly unrealistic, but for the most part all of the characters behaved as people really would in these situations. If you are a teenager, have teenagers, or work with teenagers, then I recommend checking out this book.

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Hero at the Fall | Alwyn Hamilton
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#2022Book53
The second book is still my favorite from this trilogy, but this one succeeded in wrapping up all of the plot lines from the series. I especially like that this series doesn‘t shy away from killing off important characters, but it never feels like shock value.

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Traitor to the Throne | Alwyn Hamilton
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#2022Book52
I liked this book so much more than the first in the series. We get to know more about the characters and their motivations, and the main character never falls into the damsel-in-distress nonsense like so many other YA fantasy heroines. There was also something at the end that actually made me gasp out loud, and I love when a book can surprise me.

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The Diviners | Libba Bray
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#2022Book51
The first time I read this book, I had nightmares for a few weeks, but I HAD to know what was going to happen next, so I kept reading. This time, I didn‘t have nightmares, but it still creeped me out enough that I slept with the light on for a few nights. I love everything about this series: the characters, the supernatural elements, the bits of actual history sprinkled in, but especially the dialogue.

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Rebel of the Sands | Alwyn Hamilton
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#2022Book50
The best pitch I have for this book is “if Aladdin was set in the Wild West,” or “if a cowboy western was set in the Middle East.” I loved the inclusion of the various legends, and I liked that the romance didn‘t feel forced.

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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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#2022Book49
All I knew about this story going into it was that it was about a woman who dies and then starts haunting the bookstore she frequented. I didn‘t realize it was going to be both heartbreaking and heartwarming and show the importance of being true to yourself while also learning to lean on your family and friends.

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Q: A Novel | Evan Mandery
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#2022Book48
I had a very specific way I wanted this book to end, and fortunately it ended perfectly. I liked the main character and his interactions with the future versions of himself. But the “stories” within the story felt kind of unnecessary and didn‘t add anything to the overall plot.

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Redeemed | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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#2022Book47
This was my least favorite book in this series. I‘m glad all of the various plot lines were wrapped up nicely, but I didn‘t like the introduction of a new narrator in the 8th book.

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Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
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#2022Book46
I‘ve lost count of how many times I‘ve read this book. It got me in trouble and helped me leave a horrible teaching job a few years ago. But I was finally able to teach it in my current job and it sparked the best discussions that class has had all year. I will never be able to thank Laurie Halse Anderson enough for giving the world the gift of this book.

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Just One Look | Harlan Coben
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#2022Book45
It took me awhile to piece together all of the different storylines to figure out how everything fit together, which is always a plus for me when reading a thriller. The ending, however, I‘m still not sure if I loved or hated it.

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Revealed | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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#2022Book44
I enjoyed the first half of this book, especially all of the parts related to the Lindbergh baby. But the second half just kept packing in more and more twists, which made it a little confusing at times.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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#2022Book43
This was my third time reading this and it still made me just as angry, yet hopeful, as the first time. And my students really loved it as well.

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Risked | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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#2022Book42
I liked that this book focused on the mystery around Anastasia Romanov, because I‘m obsessed with that. But that also made this a little less interesting than other books in the series, because I wasn‘t learning anything new.

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Tangerine | Edward Bloor
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#2022Book41
This was my second time teaching this book, and I was glad to see how much my 8th graders enjoyed it.

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Caught | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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#2022Book40
This is my favorite so far in the series. I didn't know anything about Einstein's first wife or their daughter, so everything the characters learned was also new to me (even though the circumstances were obviously fictionalized). What I like most about this series is that Haddix allows the content to mature with the readers.

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Torn | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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#2022Book39
The historical part of this story was interesting, as I didn't know much about Henry Hudson and his explorations. Haddix also did a much better job making the villain convincing this time, as he actually had to work a little harder to carry out his plans instead of always knowing what would happen before anyone did anything.

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Sabotaged | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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#2022Book38
I enjoyed reading about the kids' adventures time-traveling to 1600, and the problems they ran into made for a good story. But the new teen character, introduced as a love interest for the main character, was incredibly annoying. The new villain started as a solid character, but then became kind of omniscient, and if the villain knows everything people are going to do and say before it actually happens, it kind of makes them less fun.

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#2022Book37
I read this for the first time while teaching it to my sophomores. We all loved it! The main characters are flawed, but so well-written that you want them to succeed. The side characters help move the story along and there‘s so much tension throughout that it was hard to put it down at the end of class every day. This was my first time reading either of these authors, but I hope they continue to write together for years to come.

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Sent | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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#2022Book36
I liked this book more than the first in the series. Since we were introduced to all of the background information in the first book, we got to focus on a few of the main characters in this one. Throwing the characters back into the 15th century for the majority of the book was a great plot point, as it gave the characters more to do and forced them to work with what they could access in that time period.

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Found | Margaret Peterson Haddix
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#2022Book35
I read this as a young teenager and really liked it. Upon rereading it, I still enjoyed it for the most part. Reading it as an adult, though, I noticed that a lot of the plot points' resolutions were just a little too convenient.

BethM I read this series as a kid too! 3mo
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Pablo and Birdy | Alison McGhee
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#2022Book34
This book follows a young orphan boy who wants to learn more about his past and the parrot who just might be able to tell him what he needs to know. It's a cute coming-of-age novel that would be perfect for upper elementary or junior high students.

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A Gate at the Stairs | Lorrie Moore
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#2022Book33
When I started this book, it felt like one of those where all of the characters are just a little too eccentric to be believable. But as the story went on, it became clear that their awkwardness and unusual behavior is due to their past and current traumas. Also, this book includes one of the most relatable descriptions of grief I've read in a long time.

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Into the Wild | Jon Krakauer
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#2022Book32
I have to admit, I find the controversy surrounding this story more interesting than the story itself. Krakauer is a good writer, but he frequently lets the story get bogged down in repetitive details and spends too much time jumping around instead of just telling what happened from start to end.

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The Outsiders | SE Hinton
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#2022Book31
This might end up as one of my new favorite books. The characters are entertaining and feel incredibly real. Their relationships with each other make you want to root for them, and the end is absolutely heartbreaking.

LeahBergen An old favourite of mine! 4mo
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#2022Book30
You never know what you're going to get with short story collections, but it's usually a mix of really good stories and pretty bad stories. With this collection, however, I loved almost every single story. And even the ones I didn't love, I still really liked. They're all slightly unsettling and it's frequently unclear if the story is grounded in reality or in a more fantastical setting.

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A Full Cold Moon | Lissa Marie Redmond
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#2022Book29
This was my least favorite of the series so far, but I still really enjoyed it. I liked the new characters that were introduced, but the actual mystery felt too thrown together instead of carefully plotted like the mysteries from the first three books.