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Sins of the Daughter

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• As heartbreaking as it gets, this story, from the first page to the absolutely riveting ending, completely captivated this reader, - so much so that my lump in the throat test (a sure fire predictor of my very favorite reads) echoed feelings left both stirred and shaken. A slowly…

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Road of the lost

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Richly populated with fae, pixies, sprites, dryads and other magical beings, this Teen/YA fantasy is the story of our seventeen-year-old heroine, Croi, as she journeys into self-discovery, traveling from the predictable safety of her life in Humanworld to the beauties, mysteries and dangers she will encounter in the unknown…

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For the love of learning

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 A fascinating behind-closed-doors look at the true-life experiences of an elementary school principal, based in Southern Ontario, Canada, and serving a student body of approximately 600 sometimes overwhelmingly-needy students. An instructional leadership champion, longing to support widespread changes in teaching practices that will facilitate critical thinking, interactive learning, and…

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The Many Daughters of Afong Moy

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• One of my absolute favorites this year, this book is an absolute treasure - a reading experience to be cherished, and in all likelihood, revisited. A great big book, - not in volume, but in absolute capacity to charm and engage, this book held this reader captive from the…

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Cold Cold Bones

Book 21 in the Temperance Brennan Series 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Just in case there is any reader out there not familiar with this series (it could happen!), Temperance Brennan, the sometimes irascible, always ingenious forensic-anthropologist, ex-alcoholic, divorced mother of kick-butt Katy Peterson, is a force to be reckoned with. As she performs…

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Charlie and the Tire Swing

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« A sweet and touching children’s picture-book, illustrated with charming and whimsical images, that tells the story of our main protagonist, Charlie, and his special relationship with his Grandpa Jack. Sharing a cup of cocoa, Grandpa Jack reminisces in answer to Charlie’s observation and question about the giant oak tree…

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Where’s My Dad?

🌟🌟🌟🌟 Written by a former school-teacher, this lovely children’s book is a gentle look at the sometimes frightening, always expectant, world of the young, - a world where change-without-explanation can be as bewildering and it is distressing. Chloe is a smart, self-sufficient and curious eleven-year-old, living with a mysterious mother…

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Tracy Flick Can’t Win

🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2 A reunion (long overdue) with Tracy Flick, heroine from the 1998 novel β€œElection”, and the character played so compellingly by Reese Witherspoon in the film adaptation. Perhaps less darkly comic and even more poignant and affecting in its satiricism, this latest installment re-introduces us to Tracy, now in…

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The Camel and the Butterfly

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 My first review of an audio book, I could not have hoped for a richer or more immersive experience of this gentle, wise and oh so perfectly charming story. The pitch-perfect narration, pleasant pacing, and wonderful soothing voice of this audio recording enthralled me for an afternoon and a…

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Secrets of the Hotel Maisonneuve

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟+ By Jove, this is one terrific book! Jacob Jollimore is thirteen years old, an adopted Vietnamese boy who is something of a science geek (self-proclaimed), at an awkward age and time in his life. As his parents, facing financial collapse, harness all their remaining resources to renovate the crumbling…

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